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  2. Bev

    New to BSL

    Hi I’ve just started to learn BSL. I am finding it quite enjoyable at the moment. I sometimes have trouble hearing people in conversations if they talk rather quietly but other than that I’m fine. I heard about this course at work and they were going to run a group session so I signed up for it but sadly it didn’t happen so decided to go it alone. Just hope I can do it justice 🙂
  3. I figured this would be a very helpful thing to learn. As, if I needed to know a sign I could ask a deaf person in sign language by then fingerspelling the word. Thank you in advance.
  4. Hi, we have a perfect opportunity for you to develop your BSL and practice in real life situations! We have a number of jobs available to support young people with BSL needs in various locations in Hertfordshire and London - These hours are very small and ideal for people who already work or would like a little bit of experience. There is opportunity to work with several people for more hours. Each service varies and people do different activities, some love to be adventurous and go rock climbing, ice skating, swimming etc. Others just prefer to go for a cup of tea, others remain in the house and do communication and development activities. A little bit about Sense - We work with people with multi-sensory impairments and support them to connect with the world around then whether that is through speech, BSL, Makaton, Touch etc. we support people to live active, independent lives! People use our service for a variety of reasons which include, developing their communication and becoming independent when out of the home, this may include practicing shopping and paying for items. Contact myself - [email protected] for more information and support with applications. Pay starts at £10.11 per hour + OLWA
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  6. Gina

    Looking for practice

    Hi I am a rusty BSL signer. I am looking for some one to practice with???
  7. Hi I have passed BSL level 1- But very rusty. Would anyone like to chat?
  8. James71

    Hello BSL

    Hello everyone, I’m new to BSL but have a grasp of finger spelling from when I was at school. I’m not deaf and none of my family or friends are but I find BSL a beautiful language and was inspired by watching two girls at a festival - friends, sisters, partners; who knows. They were dancing together but the hearing girl had her back to the stage and was signing the words of the songs to her friend, which I thought was a beautiful thing. Looking to learn the basics and hopefully more.
  9. Gillian W

    Develop a new skill

    I’ve decided to do the BSL online course as I’m really interested in developing a new skill. Being a music teacher I naturally pick things up quickly and I’m enjoying the link between facial expressions and how that links in with singing.
  10. Gillian W

    New to BSL

    Hi all, I just started learning BSL last week. Really enjoying it so far. I am a private music tutor and have had an interest in sign language from a young age. Probably since my aunt taught me the alphabet when I was very small! Glad to be doing something about it! I don’t know anyone who uses BSL but feel it’ll be a great skill to have.
  11. Charlotte k

    Any tips for a beginner?

    Hi everyone My name is Charlotte and this is my second time of trying an online course. I am training to become a nurse and would really like to help communicate with everyone, especially as i have not the best track record with my hearing either. does anyone have any tips on how to learn BSL so it will actually stick in my head? Thanks
  12. SenseVolunteering2019

    Sense Volunteering

    Hi All, Hope you're well Sense provide holidaymakers with the opportunity to have fun, try new activities and make friends all whilst enjoying a week away from home. As a Sense Holiday volunteer, you'll be part of a team making sure each break is the very best experience it can be for everyone involved. You'll need to be enthusiastic, positive, open-minded and willing to be flexile. In return you'll have a one-of-a-kind experience. We welcome volunteers each year from a huge range of backgrounds. The unique contribution each volunteer makes, no matter your skills and experience, enables each and every holidaymaker to try new things and make new connections in a safe and supported environment. We still have lots of holiday opportunities available specifically on the holidays detailed below. If you are interested in volunteering on one of our holidays please do email [email protected] When Where What’s going on Who are we looking for 27th July – 3rd August Frank Chapman, Worcestershire Join 6 teenagers who use BSL as they enjoy an action-packed week of climbing, mountain biking, archery, high ropes courses, and orienteering. A volunteer with at least BSL level 2 who’s up for an adventure 2nd – 9th August Beamsley, North Yorkshire Support 2 holidaymakers on a relaxing countryside retreat, enjoying nature and maybe taking in the surroundings on a steam train! A female volunteer with at least BSL level 2 2nd – 9th August Beamsley, North Yorkshire Enjoy a countryside break with 4 young people who will be visiting sensory rooms and animal parks, and enjoying an ice cream on the beach A volunteer willing to drive a minibus so we can get out and about If you have any questions please do get in touch. Many Thanks Sam
  13. dinnerfilm

    Casting for Short Film

    When the end of the world seems imminent, a military man has to make the difficult decision about whether killing his wife would be a mercy. Looking for a male and a female actor between the ages of 25 to 35 to act in a short silent film. Open to all ethnicities. Working knowledge of sign language is needed. Expenses provided for central London travel and lunch. Shooting on professional cameras (ARRI Alexa / 16 mm). Copy of the film will be provided within a month of shoot. Please send headshots and resume to [email protected] Must be available Saturday 15 June and Wednesday 19 June.
  14. Hi, AK. Looks like we're in the same boat. For speaking practice, I will start by 'interpreting' something on the radio, which I can pause, sign a bit, then continue. For receptive, it's more difficult to get practice material. I'll stick with the iplayer for now. Where do you live? Which stage are you at in your BSL journey?
  15. i could not relate more i too have aspergers so now that i have found something i enjoy doing i want to do it a lot and practice and get it perfect but am struggling to be able to practice and become really good at it
  16. What is the best method to practice independently, and consolidate what I learned in the classroom? Is it: - watching signed videos, like the signed section on the iplayer - memorising vocabulary lists - interpreting from spoken/written English to BSL? The best method is other people (hearing or deaf). Unfortunately, I simply don't have access to enough people to consolidate what I learn. I have a natural gift for sign languages. I learn several times faster than the rest of my Level 1 class; so I find the rate of learning frustratingly slow. After two lessons, the mother of a deaf adult asked if I was deaf such was my fluency. There is nothing more challenging locally. My exams finish this month (June 2019). Level 2 does not begin until September 2019. Intensive courses are not available here in Northern Ireland; and I cannot afford the travel & accommodation of doing one in England. How do I progress this? I mix with the deaf community locally. However, I feel that it would be unreasonable to ask people to give up their time every week or more for the sake of random conversation to help me practice. (I am recently off work, so I have a lot of time.) After years of training, I want to be an interpreter. I enjoy sign, there is big demand for it, and what I really love? Deaf people are direct. I have Aspergers; I find it ridiculously confusing to understand the social rules of hearing people. Deaf Culture has social rules too, I have found it much easier to navigate.
  17. Hi there! I was wondering how personal titles (such as Mr, Miss, Ms.......) are signed in BSL. Is there such a thing? Thank you very much, Charlotte
  18. Tracey

    Scottish Newbie

    Hi I’m in Glasgow and I’m new too. So just thought I’d say hi x
  19. Tracey

    Ms

    Hi Im from Glasgow and new to this forum. Im currently getting ready to go to Malawi for a month. I’ll be teaching BSL at a remote school where there is no communication available for the deaf or hard of hearing. Went last year and loved it. I have attended college on a couple of BSL courses and completed some online but I’ve found it very helpful watching YouTube and signing with friends etc. If anyone has any hand outs they could share with me, that would be great. I’ve got some resources to take with me but any advise or freebies will be welcome 😊
  20. Lafayette1832

    Hi

    I love theatre (hence my display name - a character from Hamilton & the date of the Les Mis revolution that the character was involved in. My reason for learning BSL: one of my friends works with deaf children and I feel guilty that I can't talk to them in their language - when I went to Spain, I taught myself some Spanish, similarly I learnt some French before going to France & Italian before I went to Italy so why didn't I learn some BSL? I want to correct that.
  21. Lafayette1832

    Hi

    I love theatre (hence my display name - a character from Hamilton & the date of the Les Mis revolution that the character was involved in. My reason for learning BSL: one of my friends works with deaf children and I feel guilty that I can't talk to them in their language - when I went to Spain, I taught myself some Spanish, similarly I learnt some French before going to France & Italian before I went to Italy so why didn't I learn some BSL? I want to correct that.
  22. Lafayette1832

    Hi

    I love theatre (hence my display name - a character from Hamilton & the date of the Les Mis revolution that the character was involved in. My reason for learning BSL: one of my friends works with deaf children and I feel guilty that I can't talk to them in their language - when I went to Spain, I taught myself some Spanish, similarly I learnt some French before going to France & Italian before I went to Italy so why didn't I learn some BSL? I want to correct that.
  23. Elizabeth-Jane Clarke

    Hi :)

    Hiya, I live in Glasgow too.
  24. Elizabeth-Jane Clarke

    Scottish Newbie

    Hiya, I'm Ejay and a newbie to the forum. I have been partially deaf in my left ear since the age of 15, due to cancer. I now have Meniere's Disease too, diagnosed approx 4 years ago, and both my ears are the same now. I have lost low frequency and some high frequency noises. I also have severe, loud tinnitus ( has got louder and louder over past 30 years). I hear 4 different tones constantly, including pulsatile, and one ear is slightly behind the other so it is like an echo. I have hearing aids, but despite specific setting supposed to help, they tend to amplify background noises too much and not help with conversation. I can hear better in one to one conversation, but if there is background noise or more than one conversation in a room at a time, forget it. However, if someone opens a packet of crisps at the opposite end of a noisy room, it is as if they did it right next to my ear! I use a nebuliser several times a day or my eustachian tube gets blocked and my breathing, swallowing etc., become so loud I cannot hear anything else. Ear pressure means I often feel as though I am underwater, and have vertigo. I am wanting to learn BSL as I may lose my hearing completely, but also because speech is becoming increasingly difficult too, due to dysphagia caused by nerve damage from radiotherapy. I cannot eat or drink and I struggle with some facial expressions because of trismus and damage to facial nerves, e.g. I cannot puff my cheeks or push one cheek out with tip of tongue. I am sure there must be others such as those who have had strokes, who must face similar challenge with BSL, and I would love to hear how you adapt. I home educate my youngest daughter, who is 11, and interested in joining the caring profession , so she is also eager to learn. We hope to do as much as we can online and then try to attend evening classes to complete official certified courses.
  25. Crispymatt1

    New member

    Hi my names matt, i work as a firefighter and decided that it would could be a good tool for me to learn BSL as it may help me help someone else at work.
  26. Alessia

    Hello from London!

    Hello! I'm from Italy and now living in London. I've just started learning BSL. I decided to approach BSL for a simple reason actually, because in my new workplace some of my colleagues are deaf: I feel curious and I would like to communicate with them. Now that I've started learning more about how BSL is structured I'm discovering it to be such a fascinating way to communicate. Can someone tell me how long usually does it takes to be confident in signing? I really hope to be able to hold a proper conversation soon!
  27. Shau Nnax Mccoll

    Hi :)

    Hi I am new here my name is Shauna I'm a bsl learner from Glasgow have joined to page for practise and to speak to other learners or users of bsl 😁
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    • Hi I’ve just started to learn BSL. I am finding it quite enjoyable at the moment. I sometimes have trouble hearing people in conversations if they talk rather quietly but other than that I’m fine. I heard about this course at work and they were going to run a group session so I signed up for it but sadly it didn’t happen so decided to go it alone. Just hope I can do it justice 🙂
    • I figured this would be a very helpful thing to learn. As, if I needed to know a sign I could ask a deaf person in sign language by then fingerspelling the word.  Thank you in advance.
    • Hi, we have a perfect opportunity for you to develop your BSL and practice in real life situations! We have a number of jobs available to support young people with BSL needs in various locations in Hertfordshire and London - These hours are very small and ideal for people who already work or would like a little bit of experience. There is opportunity to work with several people for more hours. Each service varies and people do different activities, some love to be adventurous and go rock climbing, ice skating, swimming etc. Others just prefer to go for a cup of tea, others remain in the house and do communication and development activities. A little bit about Sense - We work with people with multi-sensory impairments and support them to connect with the world around then whether that is through speech, BSL, Makaton, Touch etc. we support people to live active, independent lives! People use our service for a variety of reasons which include, developing their communication and becoming independent when out of the home, this may include practicing shopping and paying for items. Contact myself - [email protected] for more information and support with applications. Pay starts at £10.11 per hour + OLWA
    • Hi I am a rusty BSL  signer.  I am looking for some one to practice with???
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