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I’ve always been drawn to other cultures, and my best memories always involve food.

This video highlights a restaurant with a new culture for me … and maybe for you. Take a look! Then click the back arrow to return to my blog post.

When I watched this video clip, I was reminded of those initial days of longing to try new foods combined with an atmosphere where I stretched myself to understand and interact in another culture.

Now that I find myself facing dual challenges of hearing and vision loss, I wonder if God didn’t  give me that piqued interest of language for just such a time in my life.

How I love communicating in a foreign language! But sometimes I stand on the outskirts of a culture before I jump in and try to interact. In language acquisition, it’s called the silent period. It’s a time of marked observation before the person feels comfortable enough to interact.

I, too, went through a marked silent period in my life. With my hearing loss worsening, I was at a loss for cues. in which I didn’t know where or how I fit in.

But now, I’m ready to participate in and learn more about the deaf culture.

It does my heart good to see people who embrace other cultures. I can feel that fluttery feeling in my heart that means there’s something happening to bridge a gap, and people are growing closer and forging deeper understanding.

I think God gave me a love for new cultures, not just foreign ones but all kinds as part of my make-up. I want to fit in, reach out and draw others in. In fact, don’t we all want to do that?

Part of my fear of the unknown is leaving me and along with it, how I will cope with profound hearing loss. God is replacing that fear by introducing me to situations where I meet other people with all stages of hearing loss. This video is an example of positive outreach and celebrating our strengths.

The restaurant, “Signs,” is located in Toronto. Have you ever visited Toronto? What kinds of restaurants do you like to eat at?

You have just read “Dining Out in a New Language.” Copyright Amy L. Bovaird, October  2014. If this video inspired you, Like, Share and comment.

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13 thoughts on “Dining Out in a New Language

  • October 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I actually live in Canada not in Toronto though, it is an interesting restaurant, which deserves to be visited. Thanks for the share.

  • October 29, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    That’s great, Siphosith! I hope you don’t live too far from Toronto. it would be great to hear first-hand what the restaurant is like! Thanks for your comment and have a great day!

  • October 29, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    I have never read about a place like this before. I wonder it there are similar eateries around the world?

  • October 29, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Hi Victoria,
    It sounds like a great thing for me to research! it’s pretty innovative and cool!
    Thanks for your comment,

  • October 30, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Wonderful! I’m a foodie, myself. No wonder great memories involve trying new foods, feasting with family and friends and visiting great restaurants.

  • October 30, 2014 at 3:44 am

    And having new experiences there!
    I can see we have that in common. =)

  • October 30, 2014 at 6:22 am

    WOWWWWWWW!!! That is SO cool! Love the concept! And yes, I would certainly love to dine there, though I no longer live in T.O. as I live on the other side of Canada now. I have no plans to go back – too hot and too cold for me – though if I do ever visit, I will be sure to check that restaurant out. I learned sign language many years ago when I was studying a program at school, maybe a practicum placement…can’t recall. I hope they open up around the world so you Amy and I can both experience it. 😉 <3

  • October 30, 2014 at 7:31 am

    It’s always fun learning new things, and when it comes to food, even better!

  • October 30, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    That’s awesome! I’ve never heard of anything like this before. Are there other places like it?

  • October 30, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I know. It’s sooo cool! You’d be the perfect person to go with! It would be a blast!

  • October 30, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Very true, Mary! Completely agree!

  • October 30, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    The concept is radical and a cool one, indeed, Amy. You are an upbeat lady!

  • October 31, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Thank you! Yeah, I’d love to eat at a place like that!

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