Maintaining eye contact is a firm signing etiquette rule. Breaking eye contact during a signed conversation is considered extremely rude. Learn to develop attentive behaviors during signed conversations, such as nodding and adding an occasional signed exclamation, like “Yes,” “Wow,” or “Really,” just as you would in an oral conversation. In addition, observing the signer's face at all times assists comprehension. Do not worry about focusing on the hands of the signer. Learn to see the whole picture, face and hands simultaneously. Remember, when you don't break that important eye contact, you show interest and respect for the signer. When you are the one who is signing, eye contact is still maintained. Keep in mind that eye contact is a two-way street and a very important element of ASL.