In 2011 I also learnt a new language, British Sign Language (BSL). I loved my BSL classes, made a bunch of lovely friends who i hope to keep in touch with (the wonders of facebook eh!). I'm really worried that I'm gunna forget how to sign though, because the few deaf friends I have, I see very rarely! so sometimes I just sit there having mock conversations with myself while my family look at me with a concerned expression on their face (They don't know whether I'm border line crazy, or all the way there.....I like to keep them guessing)
I also started volunteering for Action on Hearing Loss, a voluntary organisation that aims to help hearing impaired/deaf people with their hearing aids or for general advice in disadvantaged areas where help is not readily available. I'm quite enjoying it. We mostly see old people, who have some pretty interesting stories and some not so interesting (Like a little ladies story about how the neighbours dog 'bullies' her plants)
You may get a werthers original sweety if you prove yourself useful. It's usually a loose sweet, without the rappe,r dug out of a deep, dark, mysterious pocket....but hey, a sweets a sweet.
So the Deaf community got pretty lucky this year, a double dose of moi for them to enjoy!