Originally Posted by joycem137
It just seems like some people aren't interested in getting involved in a long or involved conversation with me, since I need people to slow down when fingerspelling, or need them to repeat or explain unfamiliar signs. From my perspective, the first people at Deaf Coffee that started to talk to me were the ones that seemingly had a lot of patience and/or experience with new signers.
*shrugs* It could also be a misinterpretation on my part.
Or it could be that they are people who already spend a lot of time in situations where they have to accommodate others, for whatever reason, and at a Deaf Coffee they just want to relax and talk about the football game, or their dogs, or their kid's antics, or whatever- and it's not that they think badly of you or any other newbie, they just are tired and strained and looking forward to unfettered conversations, if that makes sense.
I have seen a notice or two online about Deaf Coffees or other events where they have politely asked people to understand that this is their relaxing social time, not the time they want to take helping others understand sign language.
I can understand that, even while I can feel sad, wistful, and regretful about it, too.