And if you want to take the brain-boost to the next level, don't just learn another oral language, but a #SignLanguage! 🀟

Forget about two-dimensional, linear word strings. πŸ˜‰

Challenge your brain with a language in 3D, including a totally different word order & grammar.
Experience for yourself how difficult it is* ** to consciously produce specific facial expressions, and to switch between personae when rendering a dialogue.

Realise how poor your visual perception & spatial visualization ability are* **. πŸ™ˆ

*for a hearing person
**at first
Can you imagine a language in which posture is key?

In which, depending on the type of question you want to ask, you either raise or lower your eyebrows?

And that in some sentences, you need to lean slightly forward, then backward in order for your grammar to be correct?
Imagine learning a language in which you need to "set the scene" and remember exactly where, in the space in front of you, you place the people or objects you will talk about (because you will need to point at them in order to refer back to them)
Having taken on that challenge myself, I know it can feel quite overwhelming sometimes...

To me, a whole day of (oral language) conference interpreting felt like a piece of cake in comparison to a 3h evening class in Sign Language.

But it was totally worth it!
Learning a language which is SO DIFFERENT was a unique experience. It made me see the world with new eyes.

I particularly treasure that the hearing students & our profoundly deaf teacher BOTH learned from each other, in a genuine cultural exchange. ☺️
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