Train Go Sorry


Train Go Sorry Inside a Deaf World

Publisher ‏: ‎ Vintage; Reprint edition 1995
Language: ‎ English
Pdf: ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10: ‎ 9780679761655


Train Go Sorry Inside a Deaf World

This portrait of New York’s Lexington School for the Deaf is not just a work of journalism. It is also a memoir, since Leah Hager Cohen grew up on the school’s campus and her father is its superintendent. As a hearing person raised among the deaf, Cohen appreciates both the intimate textures of that silent world and the gulf that separates it from our own. Signing Naturally Student Workbook Units 1-6 Book and DVDs

Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World – A Journey into Deaf Culture, Language, and Identity

Step into the vibrant and often misunderstood world of deaf culture with Leah Hager Cohen’s intimate and insightful memoir, “Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World.” This deeply moving and thought-provoking ebook will open your eyes to the complexities of deafness, challenging your preconceptions and enriching your understanding of a unique and often marginalized community. Signing Naturally Student Workbook Units 7-12 Book and DVDs

About the Book:

“Train Go Sorry” takes you on a personal journey through the halls of Lexington School for the Deaf, a renowned institution with a rich history and a pivotal role in shaping deaf education in America. Cohen, a hearing woman raised on the Lexington campus by deaf grandparents and a hearing father deeply embedded in the deaf community, provides a rare and intimate glimpse into this extraordinary world.

Through captivating stories and poignant observations, you’ll meet a cast of unforgettable characters:

  • Sofia, a young Russian immigrant navigating the challenges of learning English and ASL while embracing her newfound deaf identity.

  • James, a senior struggling to reconcile his past in the Bronx with his future at college, grappling with societal expectations and his own dreams.

  • Oscar, Sofia and James’ superintendent, a hearing man torn between competing ideologies and fiercely dedicated to serving the deaf community.

Key Themes and Insights:

  • The Beauty and Complexity of American Sign Language: Cohen goes beyond simply acknowledging the legitimacy of ASL; she unveils its beauty, its nuanced grammar and syntax, its unique cultural expressions. Through vividly rendered sign language conversations, readers experience the richness and expressiveness of this visual language.
  • Navigating a Hearing World: The book portrays the intricate challenges of deaf people living in a predominantly hearing society. From misunderstandings and communication breakdowns to blatant discrimination and subtle prejudices, Cohen illuminates the constant efforts deaf individuals must make to be seen, heard, and understood.
  • The Evolution of Deaf Education: Cohen traces the history of deaf education in America, from its manual roots to the controversial rise of oralism, highlighting the ongoing tension between these contrasting philosophies. She delves into the complexities of mainstreaming deaf children in public schools, exploring both its potential benefits and its threat to deaf culture.
  • Technological Advancements and Ethical Dilemmas: The book examines how technology has both empowered deaf people and created new ethical dilemmas. Cochlear implants, while offering potential for hearing, also pose a threat to deaf identity and cultural preservation. This controversial topic is explored with sensitivity and depth, revealing the anxieties and hopes of both deaf individuals and hearing parents.
  • Deaf Culture, Identity, and Pride: “Train Go Sorry” champions the richness and vibrancy of deaf culture, showcasing its distinct customs, social gatherings, and shared experiences. Cohen deftly portrays the evolution of deaf identity, the emergence of deaf pride, and the political battles fought to gain recognition and respect.


Deaf Culture, Deaf Education, American Sign Language, ASL, Deaf Community, Oralism, Mainstreaming, Cochlear Implants, Deaf History, Deaf Identity, Memoir, Nonfiction, Sociology, Education, Disability Studies, Social Justice, Cultural Studies.

Why You Should Read This Book:

“Train Go Sorry” is an essential read for anyone who wants to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of deaf culture and its rich history.

  • Challenge their own assumptions about deafness and disability.

  • Experience the world through a new lens, appreciating the power and beauty of visual language.

  • Learn about the political and social struggles faced by deaf individuals.

  • Be inspired by stories of resilience, community, and the human need for connection.

This captivating and transformative ebook will stay with you long after you finish reading it. It’s a powerful testament to the human spirit and a vital call for understanding, respect, and inclusivity.


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