Being in a foreign country where another language other than my own is used primarily, made me think about what it must be like to be severely-profoundly deaf and rely primarily on sign language. You always feel left out (when in the company of non-signers). It makes it difficult to communicate on a daily basis with people who don't use your language. However, most signing people with deafness can write or read in the language used by the majority. At least they have that. Some can lip read, but it has been said that really good lip readers usually get only 30% of what is said.
Overall, it is not a comfortable experience.
The thing about being a severely-profoundly deaf sign language user, you can't move to another country or a large area where everyone uses sign language. It is as if you are a permanent foreign visitor in any country you choose to live. If you speak French and only want to communicate in French you can move to France or parts of Africa and other countries where French is the primary language.
For a person with deafness who relies on signs, anywhere he or she goes in the world, the majority will not sign. I understand the desire for signing deaf communities and Deaf Culture.
But with the fast growing amazing technology and instant access to information, the gap between individuals with deafness and individuals with typical hearing will hopefully lessen.
Do some of you feel like a permanent foreign visitor in your country?