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  1. Welcome

    1. Introduce Yourself

      Introduce yourself to the community by telling us a little bit about yourself and your interest in British Sign Language.

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    2. Using this website

      Tips and advice for using this website.

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  2. Learning British Sign Language

    1. Why are you learning BSL?

      Why did you decide to learn British Sign Language?  Share your BSL story with the community.

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    2. What is the BSL sign for:

      Ask the community how to sign a certain word or to translate a sign that you do not know the meaning for.

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    3. Songs, Stories, Poems, & Nursery Rhymes

      Share Songs, Stories, Poems, & Nursery Rhymes in British Sign Language.

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    4. BSL Practice Zone

      Practice your BSL skills here with a short description or story and let other people give you feedback.

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    5. Courses & Evening Classes

      Share tips, information, and stories about your experiences of learning BSL.

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    6. BSL in Schools

      Discuss your thoughts and ideas for learning British Sign Language in schools.

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  3. General Discussion

    1. Baby Sign Language, Signalong, Makaton

      Baby Sign Language, Signalong, and Makaton are communication systems that incorporate signs but are not the same as British Sign Language.  Signalong and Makaton are systems often used by people with communication difficulties. Use this topic to discuss these.

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    2. Current Affairs

      General discussion on current affairs issues.

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    3. Other

      For discussions that don't fit anywhere else.

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  • Latest Posts

    • Hello all, Although I have full hearing, I spent two years with a man , from birth, a member of the Deaf Community, he was taught at a residential school in the 60s . The prison regime offered no trained users of BSL, His isolation prompted me to learn. Library books and daily interaction with him over the two years taught me a lot. I acted on his behalf with the regime, letters, everything that involved English language. Some of the more abstract concepts were beyond daily usage. He is not able to use a standard telephone, no mini-com available, the regime gets around equality by "we provide two letters per week free", this to a man who was never taught English. At what level I have acquired I do not know. I am an OAP now and have time enough to pursue more knowledge but unfortunately not the ability to meet course fees. Any ideas welcome. Josh.
    • hi every one i am currently studying for my level 2 exam again if you like to chat im in the room   ve
    • hi every one i am in the forums if any one would like to practise ve  
    •  another day though as think I have to set up a live iPhone video camera?  how does this work please be vet happy to otherwise  Penny 
    • 'Sign how [fingerspell word]' with quizzical/questioning facial expression. Sign (as in sign language not a poster/sign or to sign, there are a few meanings on this page) https://www.signbsl.com/sign/sign How? https://www.signbsl.com/sign/how Hope this helps
    • Because I think this might be the most useful phrase for any people who are learning any sign language!
    • Good morning everyone!  I am deaf-born ASL signer who is interested in learning BSL.  Long time ago I taught myself BSL (and also JSL) alphabet by heart, but never got to learning BSL itself.  I am looking to set up a language exchange video sessions with native BSL signers if possible.  I am interested in learning more about deaf culture and deafness in UK. Hopefully I'll make some friends here!  Nice to meet you.
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