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Forget the Mandela debacle: Five-year-old signs her kindergarten Christmas concert for deaf parents

Updated: 2013-12-12T17:30:11Z

By LISA GUTIERREZ

The Kansas City Star

When Lori Koch of Florida read claims that a sign language interpreter at the Nelson Mandela memorial earlier this week was a fake, she posted a YouTube video of her 5-year-old daughter signing at her kindergarten Christmas concert. Can you say adorable?

Little Claire Koch’s animated face and enthusiastic hand gestures entertained more than just her two deaf parents, who watched in the audience.

The other little kids used hand gestures as they sang “Jingle Bells” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” but Claire used American Sign Language for her parents’ sake.

After the Mandela service debacle, Lori Koch sent out a tweet: “My five-year-old signed even better for her deaf parents in an xmas show.”

She told her local Fox news station that it was obvious, watching the interpreter, that “he was making things up. He was repeating the same hand movements so it was obvious he was a fake.”

The man has since admitted that he was having a schizophrenic hallucination, seeing angels and hearing voices, while he was signing during President Obama’s speech.

Little Claire, who surprised her parents by using ASL during her concert, turned in a much more worthy performance.

Lori Koch told Yahoo News that she can read lips, speak and sign, while her husband uses only sign language. "ASL is the first language in our home,” she said, “so our daughter has been exposed to it since birth.

She told BuzzFeed that she hasn’t been able to stop watching the video of her daughter’s performance.

Neither can we.

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