- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Learn Sign Language
Most people that I meet want to learn some, and it’s been that way ever since I can remember.
Make friends with lots of cool people
Loads of cool people sign and if you can’t sign, you can’t talk to them unless you’re prepared to pay for an interpreter or write everything down. There is an awesome section of society out there that you’ll never know about. Don’t let it happen.
Become a body language expert and read everybody like a book
Like most things in life, the more you do something, the better you get at it and that’s no different for sign language. As we now know, much of sign language is based on body language and sometimes very subtle facial expressions. After lots of time spent in joyus sign language conversations, you might find yourself being able to instinctively work out what other people are thinking or feeling – just by looking at them! You’ll get tuned into people’s non-verbal communication in way a you didn’t know possible. Know what people are thinking, you will. You amazing BSL Jedi master.
Become a famous interpreter or translator
It takes years to get that good but if you’re committed then there is no reason why not. I have a friend who is an interpreter and she’s booked up until November at £25 per hour. Translators take English text and then sign it to video. This sort of thing can be seen on lots of websites these days and in the corner of the telly. It could be you! Can I have your autograph?
Confidently hold private conversations in public places
There are couple of caveats to this: The first is that your sneaky conversations are only going to be private if they can’t be seen by anyone else who knows sign language. The second is that, if the conversation is about anatomy, then anyone watching is going to have a good idea what (but not who) you’re talking about. Apart from that – you can say what you want, when you want. People will look on completely clueless and in complete amazement.
Become irresistible to the opposite sex
Ok, that’s a massive exaggeration. We know there is more to being attractive than being good with your hands, but sometimes, girls like a man who talks with his hands. I know because I’ve been told. Now, a bit like the calorie burning point I made earlier, I’m probably the exception that proves the rule but if you still don’t believe me, watch how women go a bit crazy for signers.