Hello all I am a 21 year old hearing girl and have been in a relationship now for 6 months with my 26 year old boyfriend who is deaf. Before we met i didn't know any sign language and almost nothing about deaf culture. I decided to just see how things would work out and we dated, sent text messages and wrote on a piece of paper for a while. Now I am completely in love with him. I have been on a sign language course for a month and he has taught me a lot. I just think he is so beautiful, intelligent, and probably the best person I've ever met. But there is some big problem in our relationship that I just can't figure out. Sometimes I just feel like I am dating someone from the other side of the world, he is so different from me and everything I know. He has a very different kind of humor and there are just constant misunderstandings between us. At first I thought learning the language would be the most difficult part but I was so wrong. He is completely unpredictable, which is part of what I found interesting at first I think, but there is just no way of figuring him out! I have tried to talk about this with him but he doesn't see a problem and just says that he is really happy with me. I live in a country where deaf education was really bad until recently and the deaf community is very small. I understand that he does not know all complicated words or misunderstands them, he told me that he had a horrible teacher as a child and did not learn to read until he was 15, although now he is at university. Well if anyone is still reading.. don't know if anyone is interested in my problems and I am actually starting to suspect that maybe our problems don't have much to do with him being deaf. I don't know any deaf people except for him so I really don't know. But I had decided to end things tonight but I decided to try this first...maybe I could get some answers here. Well it would be nice to just hear anyone's opinion. My friends can't help me at all. Thank you.