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Joanne wants to talk without speaking

HIVESVILLE resident Joanne Simpson desperately needs someone to talk to.

She's trying to learn sign language.

An online Auslan (Australian Sign Language) course last year spurred Ms Simpson to hone her skills.

Like any spoken language, Auslan has an intricate system of grammar, with style differing across countries.

But Ms Simpson is determined to increase her fluency and is in desperate need of a practice partner.

"You can't do further courses because you need to be face to face with the person," she said.

Before moving to Hivesville three years ago, Ms Simpson owned a fish and chip shop on the Gold Coast.

After witnessing her daughter in law, an Auslan interpreter, communicating with her son Shannon, without words, on two separate occasions, it dawned on Ms Simpson how valuable the skill can be.

"I want to be able to help people in the event that I encounter a deaf person who is having trouble communicating or expressing themselves," she said.

Contact Joanne by email gugjidi@hotmail.com

Topics:  auslan languages sign language

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