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  2. Hi, I am a complete beginner, just finished assessment 3 so very much a newbie. I am just wondering how everyone practices? I am remembering everything when it comes to the assessments but am worried I’ll forget if I don’t continue using. Being at home with just my young son doesn’t give me anyone to test me..
  3. I am learning BSL as we were taught basic colours and songs in BSL in primary school and really enjoyed it. I always wanted to learn more BSL as I enjoyed it so much as a child and am looking forward to becoming more proficient in the language!
  4. Hi I’m Chanel and I am thoroughly enjoying my BSL course. I’ve always wanted to learn BSL and what better time than whilst being in lockdown?!
  5. Currently on mat leave with my 8month old, always wanted to learn BSL and this is perfect opportunity. Already knew alphabet and bits learnt from baby sensory etc but wanted to properly learn the basics so can teach son them as he grows up. Think it's such an amazing ability to have to communicate with the deaf community aswell. Also hoping to do a lunch time club when teaching, to teach children the basics of BSL aswell as using them whilst teaching.
  6. I'm a newly qualified teacher, my undergraduate degree specialised in SEND and have lots experience in this area. I would eventually like to be a sendco. Currently on mat leave with my 8month old, always wanted to learn BSL and this is perfect opportunity. Already knew alphabet and bits learnt from baby sensory etc but wanted to properly learn the basics so can teach son them as he grows up. Think it's such an amazing ability to have to communicate with the deaf community aswell. Also hoping to do a lunch time club when teaching, to teach children the basics of BSL aswell as using them whilst teaching.
  7. Hello! I'm Gemma - I've been registered for online lessons by my employer - which is amazing! I knew a few signs before-hand and I am really enjoying learning more. It has been something I've wanted to develop for a while. ❤️ X
  8. I'm a Pre-registration Optometrist and in my experiences/patient encounters so far with those from the deaf/Deaf communities I've felt so helpless and antisocial not being able to adress my patient directly.
  9. Hi, I'm Sam - I've started learning BSL online now. It's always been something I've wanted to learn and now with the added free time I have due to the lockdown I've finally been able to attempt to learn (every cloud eh?)
  10. Hi I'm new to this and decided it was time to start learning sign language as I have some friends that are Deaf and although we can communicate (with difficulty), I decided that I need to learn at least the basics for now to be able to communicate with them properly. I'm still going through the fingerspelling part but I'm having problems with the 5 vowels as I can never remember which finger is what without going through them from the A. Which is silly because I'm ok with the other 21 letters Lol. Any tips would be appreciated. Cheers
  11. Hello, I'm learning BSL because I'm working with some Deaf children teaching them music. We have a BSL interpreter helping at the moment but she's not always to make the sessions. Although I feel I have a good relationship with the children and can communicate with them to some extent, I think it will be much better if I can sign to them personally.
  12. Hi got a two part-er for anyone that can help. I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this question, I'm just after some clarification.. First part: If someone were to come up to me and sign "what is your name." Am I correct in thinking that the signs they would use would be (name your what?) ... So my response would be.... My name is (name) so I'd sign (name me what? (name)) I'm sure I'm correct so far.. What I'm asking is; could my response just be the sign for "my name" so I'd sign (name my (name)) and leave out the question? If so is this true when using where, when, who, what and why? Second part: If I were to be asking the question or any question for that matter.. Do I say the words for the signs I'm doing? So would I say "name you what" as I'm making the signs or do I still say it as "what is your name" even though the structer of the signs differ? Thanks for any help.
  13. My first year of secondary school I was in a group that was learning BSL. unfortunately at a kid I was easily distracted by shiny objects and flaked out. I amazed myself by being able to retain the aphaphet all this Time, so I always wanted to get into it and learn properly. And to be frank to think more people should learn BSL anyway.
  14. Slautations, As a lot of us have right now is nothing but an abundance of free time, I figure I'd use my time wisely and learn a new skill. I have always wanted to learn sign language as I already knew the alphabet from a kid. Thought I'd expand on somthing I already had started.
  15. If I want to sign these sentences, will I be signing them in a grammatically correct way? I'm going to tell you about a cheap sign lanuage course that you can do online. (cheap-sign language-online-course-me-tell-you) I am a Teacher but I have Asthma so I have a lot of spare time. (Job-me-what-Teacher-I-have-spare time) Thanks for your help!
  16. hiya ive started to learn sign language as, being 18, i have a lot of free time since my a levels have been cancelled. i wear hearing aids myself and have always wanted to learn so i can interact with others who are hard of hearing, so i thought now was a good time.
  17. Having spent 35 years in NHS dentistry and engaging with the public I decide on retirement last year to reconnect with an interest in BSL started whilst at school . I also met my fabulous nurse whilst on a signing course for dentistry .
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    Hi, i'm Ella (ETC are my initials!) and I just started learning BSL. I've always been meaning to properly learn it, both because some of my family members are HoH and because I think it is a beautiful language! I'm currently at university studying Fine Art. I'm very new to sign language, i've got the fingerspelling BSL alphabet (dominant right hand) memorised but that's it so far, hopefully I can practice and pick it up quite fast with the course though!
  19. Hello! I'm completely new to this and felt like this would be a brilliant time to learn a new skill! My friend recently learned sign language and it is something I've always found interesting!
  20. It's been 17 years since I last did any sign language, and I have forgotten a lot of what I had learnt as I haven't used it on a regular basis. Now I'm on furlough leave I felt that it was an ideal time to brush up and re-learn. Although a lot of the signs so far are familiar, I've found that some are different to the signs I used previously
  21. Hi everyone. I first did a sign language course 17 years ago, one of the reasons was my brother in law is deaf and although he is fantastic at lip reading I wanted to be able to sign with him too. I also taught my baby daughter basic signs so she communicate before she could speak. However, as I didn't use this every day I have forgotten a lot of signs; I thought that now I'm on furloughed leave it would be an idea time to brush up on my sign language and put it to good use! 😀
  22. Hello, My name is Afton, I have wanted to learn sign language for a very long time but have never pushed myself to do it. I did a tiny bit back when I helped run youth groups, I would sign songs but that is about as far as my experience stretches. I work as an actor/creative and want to try and make the work that I create more inclusive which would begin with the knowledge of a language that would open up my levels of creating accessibility. I always strive for inclusiveness but I know there is a lot that I do not consider in terms of accessibility for people with disabilities. BASICALLY If anyone has any things that they believe should be considered when putting on shows e.g. the use of interpreters, accessibility posted on social media/advertisements etc. then please do let me know and I will work on using this in all of my future work and help to spread this to all other creatives I know. SIDENOTE if anyone sees this and is a disabled actor working in Scotland or is just interested in theatre working with disabled actors and hasn't already heard of them then check out Birds of Paradise Theatre Company - they do a lot of great work!
  23. Hi everyone, I'm Tiffany and I am a Canadian living in the UK. I work in Early Years and I think learning this new skill would be beneficial as it would enhance my teaching and interactions with the children.
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  25. Hi Everyone, I'm an Actor working on stage and screen. I also work as a facilitator running workshops and making theatre with young people through Theatre's education departments. Via projects in special schools previously i knew my alphabet and very very basic signs, leaning more towards Makaton. So this all feels fresh. Looking to connect with people also learning and certainly interested in any projects that would combine the British Sign Language and my work as an Actor. Feel free to contact me on here! Thanks, Louie
  26. Hi, how is everyone getting on learning your new skill? As with a lot of people currently, I’ve found myself with time on my hands. I dont want to waste it so decided I would learn something ... and here I am. X
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    • Hi, I am a complete beginner, just finished assessment 3 so very much a newbie. I am just wondering how everyone practices? I am remembering everything when it comes to the assessments but am worried I’ll forget if I don’t continue using. Being at home with just my young son doesn’t give me anyone to test me.. 
    • I am learning BSL as we were taught basic colours and songs in BSL in primary school and really enjoyed it. I always wanted to learn more BSL as I enjoyed it so much as a child and am looking forward to becoming more proficient in the language!
    • Hi I’m Chanel and I am thoroughly enjoying my BSL course. I’ve always wanted to learn BSL and what better time than whilst being in lockdown?!
    • Currently on mat leave with my 8month old, always wanted to learn BSL and this is perfect opportunity. Already knew alphabet and bits learnt from baby sensory etc but wanted to properly learn the basics so can teach son them as he grows up. Think it's such an amazing ability to have to communicate with the deaf community aswell. Also hoping to do a lunch time club when teaching, to teach children the basics of BSL aswell as using them whilst teaching. 
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