Q10 | How and where did you meet?
We met in London, May 2013 at an event in London.
Q11 | Is Telma Deaf?
No, Telma is not Deaf neither is Hard of Hearing. Telma is Hearing.
Q12 | Did Telma learn Sign Language because of Thomas?
No, Telma was already learning British Sign Language (BSL) for eight months when she met Thomas.
Q13 | Why did Telma start learning British Sign Language?
By Telma. One night, at home, I was watching the American Movie Speed 2: Cruise Control, and a Deaf girl signed to her dad, using ASL – American Sign Language. I thought that was really interesting and I wondered how amazing would it be to learn.
Not wanting to waste any time, from that moment, from those 20 seconds of signing, I thought “That’s it! I am going to learn British Sign Language.”
The following day I found a course and immersed myself in learning British Sign Language. I was fascinated and fell in love with the language and the Deaf Community very quickly. The unknown, the people, how mysterious the language was and how amazing was to have a silent conversation, made the trick and I was hooked.
Q14 | When you first met, how did you communicate with each other?
By Telma. Thomas is bilingual, both fluent in English and British Sign Language. So understanding me was very easy. When we met, I already knew a little bit of British Sign Language.
Q15 | Was it love at first sight?
No. We became friends first and only started dating a few months later.
As you both can’t talk over the phone, how to you keep in contact with each other?
Well, at the moment we see each other everyday, so there is no need to “keep in contact”, otherwise through Facetime or Skype.