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  • Hello, everyone.

  • My name is Robin Shaw.

  • And I am here today with a very special guest.

  • My dear friend, Stephen.

  • He's also my personal hero.

  • Hello, Stephen.

  • Hey, Robin.

  • Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

  • I am 33.

  • I am deaf.

  • I can communicate with you right now through lip-reading and listening through my hearing aids.

  • Alright so, yes, he is deaf.

  • And he can understand me because he can hear a little bit through his hearing aids and

  • he has to read my lips.

  • Yes.

  • Where did we meet?

  • We met in North Korea 5 years ago.

  • That's right.

  • I was traveling in North Korea for a few weeks, and we had to stay in the same room for about

  • a week or two.

  • And we met each other.

  • And I was very surprised because he was traveling alone in North Korea.

  • And, well, you know, just to be in North Korea, Yes,

  • is such an adventure.

  • But he was there alone.

  • He didn't need anybody's help.

  • Yeah.

  • And he's quite an independent person.

  • There are a lot of misconceptions about deaf people.

  • A lot of people believe that deaf people cannot do much.

  • But I'm a good example of why that is so wrong.

  • Why don't you tell us about your childhood, like, how did you learn English?

  • It started with a deaf school.

  • So I'm with other children who are also deaf.

  • We learned English through the hands, so it's not sign language.

  • But a representation of English with the hands.

  • So through that medium, we learn the structure of English.

  • And also

  • My family are all hearing.

  • So I was isolated from the conversation.

  • So I spent a lot of time reading.

  • So I learned more English through books.

  • Through books, yes

  • That is amazing.

  • You must've read a lot of books.

  • A lot, yes.

  • A lot of books.

  • As I said, or he said, we met in North Korea.

  • He loves to travel.

  • I do.

  • So, how many countries and territories have you been to?

  • I have been to, now, over 90.

  • Over 90, yes.

  • I have not traveled that much.

  • And I don't think many of you have traveled that much,

  • so he is amazing.

  • He can travel the world alone.

  • You know

  • No problem.

  • There's no problem.

  • Can you tell us what kind of problems you may have when traveling?

  • I have been to a lot of poor countries.

  • And in poor countries, a lot of people cannot read and write.

  • So, a lot of the time, when I communicate, I have to use pen and paper.

  • So when I go up to someone in a poor country to ask for something,

  • I write it down.

  • But they cannot read it.

  • So, I've had to adapt to that by miming for example, or drawing a picture.

  • So that's a good example.

  • Okay, and what country are planning to travel in the near future?

  • There's so much more of the world that I want to see.

  • I'm thinking of going to Mongolia.

  • It's very beautiful.

  • Yes.

  • Yes, alright.

  • You have been.

  • I've been to Mongolia.

  • It's very beautiful.

  • And, yes, we have traveled...

  • after we met in North Korea.

  • We have traveled to other countries.

  • We've traveled to Sri Lanka and Maldives together.

  • Yes.

  • And in the future we will travel to more countries.

  • Alright, thank you very much, Stephen.

  • You're welcome.

  • I'm very happy you did this.

  • And you shared a part of your life with our viewers.

  • And your struggles traveling around the world.

  • And learning and speaking English.

  • So thank you very much.

  • Yeah.

  • Alright, thank you everyone for watching.

  • And I'll see you next time.

Hello, everyone.

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A Conversation With My Hero, Stephen | How my deaf friend learned English

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    Summer posted on 2021/04/22
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