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One evening last month, I went to a cinema on Sukhumvit Road to watch a Thai ghost movie. While waiting for the movie, I decided to have a quick dinner. Stepping into a fast-food restaurant and queuing up in front of a woman cashier, I was taken by surprise to see a young couple awkwardly using sign language with her. At first, I thought the couple was mute, but I was wrong. 

When it was my turn to place an order, I ordered three fried chicken breasts. However, I noticed the cashier did not understand what I said and was using sign language to communicate with me. A few seconds later, I spotted a sign beside the cash register saying something like: "Our staff member is hearing impaired. Please use these gestures when you would like to place an order." The sign showed how to do hand gestures to order different foods and beverages, and how to communicate numbers.

It was quite hard, yet interesting for me to order three pieces of fried chicken and a glass of ice using sign language. Minutes later, the woman returned with one chicken leg, one chicken wing and one chicken breast. Thus, I realised that my language proficiency was poor and I had to ask another staff member to help tell her what I really wanted.

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