Originally Posted by LoveBlue
Interrupters use ASL to bridge a language gap between two or more people. I doubt (Reba, correct me if I'm wrong) they use the language they interpret when they're not working unless they are with friends whom that language is their native language.
Two or more people signing to each other in public for communication purposes is one thing. Signing by oneself or in a group for entertainment value is totally something else.
Sign and interpreting students can practice together without making a public scene about it.
I do practice frequently when not working but not in malls. Usually at home.
Otherwise, I use it naturally in conversation with Deaf friends.
Here's the big (bad) difference between serious practice and mockery (from OP's post):
"I know it's probably wrong, but I found it interesting to do.
Sometimes when I go out to public places like restaurants or just out with my friends I start using sign language to people I don't know just to see what happens
. My friends go along with it and pretend I'm deaf as well