After seeing Microbass's thread about learning Swedish, I'm reminded of something I saw a few weeks ago while having lunch with my girlfriend. About 5 minutes after we sat down, a couple came in and sat at the table next to us, and throughout their entire meal, they never spoke a word to each other. I thought this was a little odd, but didn't think too much about it since I didn't want to be a jerk and talk about them, since I had no idea what was going on between the two. My girlfriend, on the other hand, said to me, "Isn't that weird? They're not saying anything to each other! They shouldn't be out together if they're not going to talk to each other, don't you think?" I thought that was really rude of her, but I've realized that she's quite a callous person, so I just let it be because the last thing I wanted was for her to get pissy and become what she had just said about the other couple: an angry woman who shouldn't be out with her boyfriend if she's not going to talk to him. Anyway, when I was paying the check I saw that they were signing to one another, and all of a sudden it made sense. Then I had a little introspective moment and realized that I only speak English fluently, my mandarin and cantonese are both quite poor, although I can get by in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai quite well, but any rural parts of China would probably leave me confused. And now, since I only need to take 2 more classes next semester, I thought that it would be nice to learn a new language. I thought about Japanese, so I can understand my mother's side of the family, but I'd also like to learn some basic sign language, because you never know when it might come in handy. Does anybody here know of any places where I can learn sign language in the LA area? Any websites, phone numbers, or other contact information would be greatly appreciated. Yes, I know I can be quite verbose at times, I'm sorry.