December 13th, 2013
10:36 AM ET

A Girl's Christmas Surprise for Her Deaf Parents

In today’s edition of the "Good Stuff," a hand of applause for kindergartner Claire Koch, who shows the so-called sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial how it’s done. And she’s only five.

In the video above, she's signing for a very important reason; both of her parents are deaf.

She did it as a surprise so her folks could enjoy her Christmas concert– and, boy, were they surprised.

Mom says she's very proud of her little girl and says she's "a much better interpreter than Nelson Mandela's fake one."

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  1. Makhdoom-ur-Rehman

    I love the girl and great respect to her parents.

    December 15, 2013 at 4:54 am | Reply
  2. Katje von Brandt-Cadieux

    wow,, this reminds me of a movie that won a lot of awards (including an Academy Award nomination for best foreign film) called Beyond Silence a german movie about a girl who signs for her deaf mother and father and is herself like her parents mother, the parents are very distrusting of the hearing and tend to keep to themselves and or with other hearing impaired people. I luckily speak German and German-Yiddisch so watching was natural for me but it does have english subtitles as well,, watch on netflix a very well done and acted film for the whole family.

    December 14, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Reply
  3. Ellove

    Reblogged this on Ellove's Blog and commented:

    December 14, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  4. gina timberlake

    that is so sweet so precious so her parents can enjoy too wow she is only 5!

    December 14, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  5. Erina

    How adorable! Although, I don't appreciate how this article equates the girl's signing with the interpreter at Mandela's memorial without providing context. Inadequate, hype-seeking "journalism"

    December 14, 2013 at 10:28 am | Reply
  6. mikacovington

    Reblogged this on In the Eyes of Mika.

    December 14, 2013 at 6:36 am | Reply
  7. Pam Meadows


    How come it is not CC on this video about 5 years old girl Clarie signing for her deaf parents.. Please put CC always. Where is our FULL ACCESS – should be EQUAL everyone.. Please do about this.

    Thank you

    December 14, 2013 at 2:10 am | Reply
  8. solisio

    Reblogged this on solisio.

    December 13, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Reply
  9. David

    The only thing missing here is the look on this little angel's mothers face.

    December 13, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  10. Charles Lucas

    Here is your hero of the year!

    December 13, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  11. Dada Oluwatosin

    I feel so happy, that a Kid is doing this with enthusiasm. I bet you, she going to be the best,if her parent could nurture her well in sign language.

    December 13, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  12. nicole ellison

    that was so amazing and thoughtful of that little lady! God bless her!

    December 13, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  13. Mary Bradley (@mare052568)

    That's fabulous! What a wonderful present! 🙂

    December 13, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  14. Robert

    Hats off to those parents for raising an awesome daughter.

    December 13, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Reply

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