Do Deaf People Understand Rhyming?

  1. One of my best friends growing up was deaf. I texted him this. He replied “I know what they are, but they don’t mean much. The Cat in the Hat coulda been The Cat in the Buick and it would ‘sound’ the same.”

  2. Deaf here.

    Yes I can understand the concept of rhyming (it also exists in sign language) but it’s not easy for me to identify rhyming and I miss it regularly unless I’m reading something that is supposed to contain rhyming but even then, it takes me longer to read it. It’s like reading a joke/pun, you sometimes miss it or don’t get the pun/joke. If it’s pointed out, you sometimes take a few seconds re-reading to get it.

  3. Profoundly Deaf here since birth.

    This is actually very interesting enough for me to end my lurking spree!

    I have been growing up going to mainstreamed schools and I didn’t really start learning the concept of rhyming until I took AP English classes in high school a few years ago. However it was fairly easy for me to recognize words with similar spellings at the end like most Deafies here say. On the other hand, when I started doing speech training in college because I was curious, I started to notice that learning how to pronounce words would help you rhyme words so much easier. Basically nowadays when I read lyrics and puns….I start to immediately understand them. In my opinion, learning speech and using your voice would help Deaf people, even hearing people too with their rhyming skills!

    Hopefully this helps! 🙂

  4. This is Bailey’s [my 14 year old baby sister who has been profoundly deaf since birth] response to your question:

    To me, rhyming means something different than what it means to a hearing person. When you rhyme CAT and BAT, you choose those words because they sound the same. If I want to write a poem, I think of words that have rhyming signs. SKY and DREAM are two words who’s signs rhyme to me because they fit together in what I think is the same way that your words rhyme.

    Edit: Currently Bailey is in the hospital for complications related to hydrocephalus, and this is the one thing that has distracted her enough to get her to smile today. Thanks

    Goddamnit Reddit, you made me cry! I forget what an amazing community this is sometimes. You guys rock. Especially /u/StAnonymous and /u/hvonn and /u/shiskebob and /u/MrAnt1 and everyone else who said something kind. This has been really rough on my family and the sweet encouraging words mean a lot.

  5. One of my very good friends is deaf and we actually had a talk about it very recently. He mentioned that he had a tough time keeping up with poetry during literature classes since he was never sure if it rhymed. He mentioned that the most annoying thing was identifying the rhyme scene, yet since high school has never had to rhyme/identify rhymes.

  6. Hi, profoundly Deaf person here, even though that I cant hear anything, I still do understand the concept of rhyming. As for identifying rhyming phrases, that’s more difficult for me and I usually rely on the (imperfect) method of looking at words’ spellings and how similar they are to each other, such as cat and bat. Plus, some rhymes are really well-known and common such as ate/eight that I can identify those, too. In general, rhyming based on sound isnt something that comes easily to me, but rhyming in ASL (which is my native language) is very, very easy for me.

    Edit: Spelling

  7. Deaf since birth here, and apparently when I was very, very young it was more of a moderate loss. I wear my hearing aids consistently and read like a starving man at a buffet. My hearing loss is now ar around 90dB, so it’s almost totally gone. But because I also got speech training as a child, I think all of that combined, I am able to enjoy poetry and recognize rhyme scheme (although that one takes some thinking/counting, especially if I’m reading a sonnet) as well as words that rhyme, even if it isn’t all of the time. 😉

    And I am also a fluent signer, I prefer signing to speaking. I love ASL poetry!

  8. Late to the party. I understand the concept of rhyming and I can make rhymes from most spoken English but that is because I was told that they rhyme. During high school and some parts of college, rhyming was part of an assignment, but I always had trouble with that.

    Simply put, yes I understand, but I will miss it most of the time when its in a poem or book or something.