Foreign languages?

Deaf people may not be comfortable using their national spoken or written language; foreign languages may present even more problems. 

Deaf people who went to special schools for the deaf may have had little or no instruction in foreign languages. Learning a foreign language after age 20 (and some say: after age 12) is very difficult for anyone. If your first language is a sign language, learning to read and write a foreign language is even more difficult. 

Lipreading a foreign language is almost impossible. 

Do not assume that deaf students can read English or other foreign languages.

On the other hand: most deaf sign language users are very good at learning foreign sign languages, and at communicating with sign language users from other countries. 

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