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  2. What is the BSL sign for shilling? Thank you! --Gina
  3. -because I would like to be able to converse with the deaf community at work -
  4. Hello Im Harriet and i'm learning with my daughter Erika. We are learning BSL because my son has autism and is currently non verbal and we hope he will respond to signing.
  5. Last week
  6. Hi everyone, I'm hoping someone here can help me. I have written a play, a solo show, and there are a couple of sections in which I will be signing BSL. I completed a certifying basic BSL course, so I can sign, but these concepts are quite subtle and tricky (mainly about spirituality and religion, or certain specific actions such as 'stumbling'). I know some of them, found others online, but I still don't have all of them so I'm wondering whether anyone can send me in the right direction? A BSL consultant/coach would be ideal here because I also want to make sure I do all the signs right, after I learn what they are. But in the meantime, if everyone has any pointers for me, I'd be super grateful. Either showing me the signs for this section, or advising who to contact. It's only 250 words (not all of them to be signed), about half a page. Here's the text below. Thanks so much in advance! Alexander ----------------- NOTE: Only the parts in italic are signed (and spoken), the rest is spoken only and is given here for context purposes. SCENE 3 Sorry, sir, I can't hear you. (…) A feeling. That’s how you described it, wasn’t it? I said, how do you live your spirituality if you can’t recite the Qur’an? It’s a feeling, you signed. It can happen at any time, any moment. I could be on the bus, or cooking. Or talking to you. And I just know, and I am grateful. (Awkward) I don’t get it, I said. I also get a feeling, sure, it’s my Faith that God is there, He’s everywhere, but -- learning the Scriptures, studying them, reciting them brings me closer to God. Makes me feel right, inside. That’s the best we can hope for in our earthly life, is it not? Sure, you replied, simply. So how can you... (A beat) I’m sorry. I’m not trying to make you feel inadequate, I just -- You just want to know what it’s like to be me. It’s okay. I understand. But you can’t. Only I can be me. You can only be you. And we can only do our best, until we’re living the life God has given us. (A little annoyed) Yes, obviously, but — SCENE 7 It was a baby, officer. I turned around, from the distance, and saw him getting near, stumbling towards the backpack. (Laughs) Little baby explorer. He wanted to check it out, play with it. “It's not a toy!”, I shouted. Back when I could shout. Speak, even. (…) Please, officer... Will you save me? (…) (To the baby brother, smiling) Hey, how are you? (…) I love you. Let’s go. ----------------
  7. Hi All, so I’ve had my hearing aid for approx. 1 year, started learning sign language a couple of weeks ago and seem to be getting on ok with the basics, I’m a gymnastics coach, personal trainer, I have a day job and I’m adult inclusive ice skater and I have two children who are also learning sign language with me so we can communicate if my hearing completely goes.
  8. Hi all, I thought I would answer the 'why?' question which I thought would be easier than it is! It made me think for sure! Learning BSL has for a long time been something I wanted to do and should have done a long time ago. As a youngster I spent time abroad and the friends I made at school didn't speak English and due to us being kids we just worked round it and communicated in our own version of gestures/signs. Over the months (I was the only English speaking kid there) we developed a pretty wide vocab through gestures which I would often use at home too without realising and my brother took the mickey when I did. This led to me thinking it was wrong in some way (I was about 6). It was my dad that clicked on to what was happening and him that went on to explain about different ways of communicating throughout the world etc. and showed me BSL when explaining about people who have hearing difficulties. My interest was sparked however I found myself fluent in their spoken language quickly due to it being all around me and our 'signing' ceased. My communication interests were once again ignited when I studied to be a nurse and I completely focused on this area whenever possible from patients who didn't speak English to patients who couldn't speak and all inbetween. I became an advocate for communication aides and tools and knew I wanted to learn BSL but it was always on my 'to do list' yet I never got there, my time filled with patients whom other communication pathways were taken. Even as a nurse I didn't meet anybody who signed for a long time until a patient of mine used makaton and learning this once again reignited my desire to learn BSL. My good intentions were sadly once more overrun with life and it remained on my 'to do list' and repeated each year on my 'new year resolution status update.' Time just passed and I never took that first step. And then.....! My nephew started nursery and I noticed he was signing with some words which his dad knew nothing about when I asked. I was absolutely amazed when I dropped him at nursery and the teacher signed with everything she said and I realised he (at age 3) had been learning it without realising. I had to explain to him how awesome I thought it was and following that he has started using different signs he has learnt every time he sees me! So this has been my final kick up the butt because if I ask him what he is saying he says 'Auntie Meez you no you should learn yourself, you are a big girl!' It has been years since I first had my interest sparked when I was a child. It has been over ten years since I was a student nurse and added it to my 'goals to achieve' plan. It has been on my 'to do' list way too long. So I signed up for the BSL course and finally took that first step after all this time. And I am so glad I did.
  9. Hi all, I thought I would answer the 'why?' question which I thought would be easier than it is! It made me think for sure! Learning BSL has for a long time been something I wanted to do and should have done a long time ago. As a youngster I spent time abroad and the friends I made at school didn't speak English and due to us being kids we just worked round it and communicated in our own version of gestures/signs. Over the months (I was the only English speaking kid there) we developed a pretty wide vocab through gestures which I would often use at home too without realising and my brother took the mickey when I did. This led to me thinking it was wrong in some way (I was about 6). It was my dad that clicked on to what was happening and him that went on to explain about different ways of communicating throughout the world etc. and showed me BSL when explaining about people who have hearing difficulties. My interest was sparked however I found myself fluent in their spoken language quickly due to it being all around me and our 'signing' ceased. My communication interests were once again ignited when I studied to be a nurse and I completely focused on this area whenever possible from patients who didn't speak English to patients who couldn't speak and all inbetween. I became an advocate for communication aides and tools and knew I wanted to learn BSL but it was always on my 'to do list' yet I never got there, my time filled with patients whom other communication pathways were taken. Even as a nurse I didn't meet anybody who signed for a long time until a patient of mine used makaton and learning this once again reignited my desire to learn BSL. My good intentions were sadly once more overrun with life and it remained on my 'to do list' and repeated each year on my 'new year resolution status update.' Time just passed and I never took that first step. And then.....! My nephew started nursery and I noticed he was signing with some words which his dad knew nothing about when I asked. I was absolutely amazed when I dropped him at nursery and the teacher signed with everything she said and I realised he (at age 3) had been learning it without realising. I had to explain to him how awesome I thought it was and following that he has started using different signs he has learnt every time he sees me! So this has been my final kick up the butt because if I ask him what he is saying he says 'Auntie Meez you no you should learn yourself, you are a big girl!' It has been years since I first had my interest sparked when I was a child. It has been over ten years since I was a student nurse and added it to my 'goals to achieve' plan. It has been on my 'to do' list way too long. So I signed up for the BSL course and finally took that first step after all this time. And I am so glad I did.
  10. Hi, I've just completed BSL 101 and I'm starting 102 next month. I want to create my own Vocabulary sheets to put around the house but I'm struggling to find BSL clipart or pictures for certain words. Is there a stock database I can access that just has pictures (not videos) that I can copy and paste? Thanks people - Lisa
  11. Hi Georgina! I am also a primary school teacher and I have also just started tutoring a boy with complex medical needs and GDD who uses BSL to support his speech. I think it would be great for all children to learn basic BSL to ensure all children are able to learn in an inclusive environment 😊
  12. Hello Akashaa! Let me know if you would like to get some practice in! I am also just starting out and would love to Zoom with some people for practice maybe 10 minutes/day twice a week? Would you like that?
  13. Hello Lynda! Let me know if you would like to get some practice in! I am also just starting out and would love to Zoom with some people for practice maybe 10 minutes/day twice a week? Would you like that?
  14. Yes! Are you guys still working on making this a thing? Please keep me in the loop, would love to join!
  15. I'm up for it if you want! Still just learning the basics, but even that deserves practice right?
  16. Hi Cath! I am too! Would you like to set something up?
  17. I am learning BSL as I have a student where I work who communicates this way and felt that it would be good to learn so I am able to communicate better with them and potentially other students too.
  18. Hi everyone, I am Lynda, I am new to this course and have only been learning a few months. I work in a special school and felt I wanted to learn BSL so that I can better communicate with students.
  19. Congratulations on the new job! I literally just came back from an interview for a nursery assistant position hahaha.Crossing my fingers I get a call back heh. Lemme know when you're free to practice. Also feel like I need to caution you on the fact that I'm a proper proper beginner okay hahah
  20. Hi all, I am a primary school teacher and think all children should learn at least the basics of BSL. I have always wanted to learn myself! So I am finally taking the plunge and hope to become fluent over time and able to introduce sign to the children further down the line. Happy to practice with others and speak to others as we go .
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  22. Hi everyone!!! I'm a medical student and I'm trying to learn bel to hopefully be able to communicate with patients that may need it. If anyone wants to practice online I'm super happy to.
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    HI

    I am the same - When I asked cambsdeaf they suggested choose a hand (preferably the one you would write with the most) apparently it can get confusing so better just to choose one. I chose left but now i think ive made it more difficult as everyone else seems to sign the opposite.
  24. Hi, I'm at Uni aswell (though im 33!) I'm studying Early Childhood Studies about to start my second year in September alongside a new Teaching assistant job ! There's a few children who need further support and I have always wanted to learn BSL and I am happy to practice with you via computer!
  25. I'm Jackie or Jac , I would like to understand more about sign language and be able to converse at a basic level , hope maybe someone with a lot of patience can help me achieve this 🤗
  26. Im currently in uni in Leeds doing a course in childhood studies. Ive always wanted to learn BSL just never really had the time till now. Super excited with my progress but I haven't had the chance to practice it with another person so I don't actually know if im any good hahaha. If anyone is interested to practice over FT or discord or whatever let me know!
  27. Nay

    Nay

    Hello, im just starting to learn sign language, it’s hard to remember it all but I’m enjoying it.
  28. Lol, I doubt I could teach you much, as I've already forgot most of it, and as they say, "if you don't use it, you lose it". and I haven't used BSL, in around 36 years, so much of it is lost, it just needs a refresher, to ignite it all. I would be interested in finding someone to 'refresh' my memory and to help build up speed. My time zone is MST (Mountain Standard Time), which is currently 8hrs behind the UK, which would mean for the hours between 12pm and 6pm UK time, I would need to be up between 4am and 10am, or if between the morning hours of 9am to 12pm UK time, I would need to be up between 1am and 4am, which would make it near impossible for communication between native BSL signers and me.
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    • What is the BSL sign for shilling?  Thank you!  --Gina
    • -because I would like to be able to converse with the deaf community at work -
    • Hello Im Harriet and i'm learning with my daughter Erika. We are learning BSL because my son has autism and is currently non verbal and we hope he will respond to signing.
    • Hi everyone, I'm hoping someone here can help me. I have written a play, a solo show, and there are a couple of sections in which I will be signing BSL. I completed a certifying basic BSL course, so I can sign, but these concepts are quite subtle and tricky (mainly about spirituality and religion, or certain specific actions such as 'stumbling'). I know some of them, found others online, but I still don't have all of them so I'm wondering whether anyone can send me in the right directi
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