Is Lip Reading Easy?
In this day of age, social media has truly taken over our way of communicating and expressing ourselves. A huge outlet for many people is Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. YouTube is a great way to let your creativity shine! I have a personal YouTube channel and a Deaf Insight YouTube channel that I play on but I don’t have any great projects on those yet. There are many ideas being thrown around but nothing is sticking quite yet.
On YouTube you can get lost in a world of creativity, learning, and weirdness. I have some favorite YouTube channels that I visit weekly and sometimes even daily. One of my favorites is a channel my aunt recently asked me about called Bad Lip Reading. It is a channel that takes videos, movies,TV shows, and more and does a voice over of them lip reading what these people are saying with a humorous twist. Of course you have to remember that they play around with it a bit. When you watch this channel the audio matches the lips dead on! It is quite hilarious actually, but you can obviously tell that the audio isn't actually what is being said. Below is an example of these Bad Lip Reading videos. This is a great example because this movie is very well known around the world. First watch this video without audio or captions and try to guess what is being said. Now watch this video and see what the people of the Bad Lip Reading Channel come up with. Do it in this order if you can because otherwise you might have the bad lip reading stuck in your head when trying to truly lip read. Watch the actual movie if you want to know exactly what was said.
As you can see the video above was a bit amusing but definitely a bunch of nonsense. You can see by looking at their lips it appears that the audio/captions matched what is being said. This may be a bit of a struggle for my Deaf/Hard of Hearing followers but check out the caption and let me know in the comments if you are able to understand the humor behind this?
Now the topic of these videos, lip reading and deaf/hard of hearing people was brought to my attention recently by my aunt. She was curious if lip reading in these videos was similar to how it is for a Deaf/Hard of Hearing person when they try to lip read? Well think about it. Have you ever tried to lip read what someone is saying? Were you able to understand what that person said not only correctly, but word for word? Many hearing people believe that all Deaf/Hard of Hearing people can lip read. Well if that is the case all hearing people should be able to lip read as well. Were you all able to catch what the people said word for word in the video above? There is a chance that some of you may be great at it but there will be many of you that are unable to do so. Well that is how it is for Deaf/Hard of Hearing people. Some are great at it but others struggle. They may understand a word or two here and there but not enough to have a true conversation with that other person.
My husband and I really enjoy the Bad Lip Reading Channel but I never really thought about it from a Deaf/Hard of Hearing persons perspective. I believe these videos should be shared with the people around the world that feel like all Deaf/Hard ofHearing people can lip read. Just maybe this will show someone that there really is a reason to take time in writing notes back and forth or take the time to learn sign language. People may learn that lip reading may not be the most effective form on communication. It takes a lot of work for the person lip reading and it can be very frustrating. As a hearing person, you can change from lip reading to talk to each other vocally. Well, a Deaf/Hard of Hearing person has to live with this on a daily basis. If you have learned something in this blog entry, pass it on to your friends so that way they may learn something as well. The more we share with others, the more people we may be able to reach and educate. Thank you for stopping by Insight Variety. I hope you enjoyed the blog. I would love to know your thoughts on this subject so please leave a comment below.
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