I have some questions. But first, allow me to give some background. My mom was an interpreter for the deaf at my church and in the community from the time I was 7 and I basically grew up around the deaf. I decided that I wanted to be an interpreter, so I enrolled in the only interpreter program I could find in my area. One of the books we are using is "From Mime to Sign" by Gilbert C. Eastman. The book seems very silly to me, but that's not saying much. This book is VERY into facial expressions and gives like 50 or more that you are supposed to use. I, in all my years watching the deaf have never seen deaf use these expressions. However, I have mostly observed them at church functions and in their homes in a relaxed setting. Nothing professional. Most of the deaf I have encountered use either "normal" facial expressions or slightly exaggerated compared to a hearing person. Are facial expressions important? Do the deaf commonly use them to express concepts such as soft, hard, thin, thick, etc.? I'll do what I am asked in class to get good grades, but I'm not interpreting for the teachers, it's with the deaf I want to work and I would really appreciate any tips or information.