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  2. Hi everyone. This is Delia. question ? Does anybody use the video chat room? if so please link me as i would love to practice BSL using this.Thank you.
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  4. Hiya, my name's Phoebe and I've only just joined! I work in healthcare and have been hard of hearing since birth, being profoundly deaf in my left ear. I see a lot of patients and staff (including myself) struggle with communication barriers in healthcare, especially lately with masks making this even harder. It's taken me a long time to realise that despite not being completely deaf I can still be a part of the deaf community, and so I've been educating myself and trying to learn BSL for the last few months! I have attended a few free classes at university previously, and have now nearly finished the online course at britishsign.co.uk which has been amazing! I'm loving learning this new language!
  5. HI Flic. Its great to read this. I wish you all the best with your BSL adventure. I am so confused as to why when i am in hospital , The Royal National Nose Ears and Throat Hospital, for procedures on my ear, that it is impossible to communicate with the doctor or any of the nurses because i am deaf with out my hearing aids, and not one of them can use BSL and i have been going there for many years! Its great to see the younger generation taking part in correcting this. Thank you. Take care. Delia
  6. Hi Nataliebee. Its great to read this as i am very hard of hearing myself and always have a lot of trouble at the dentist. I have been going to my appointments there for years, and always tell her, but unfortunately she just keeps talking to me from behind with a mask on! we get by somehow but it would be so much easier if her or the dental nurse, who is usually in front of me, could sign. With people like yourself around we have hope for the future. Yes i totally agree that BSL should be taught at school. There is a young boy (so rude i know, but i have forgotten his name )who has been campaigning for a GSE in BSL to be introduced to the school curriculum. i remember signing the petition a long time ago now. I wish you the best in your BSL course. Take care Delia.
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  8. Hey guys I'm Flic and I am 18 years old. I am hoping to study medicine at university soon and think it is so important to integrate more BSL into healthcare to insure it is entirely accesible to everyone and inclusive! I have only been learning for a couple weeks so am new to it all! but loving every moment so far. I would love to find someone to practice with who has alot of patience!
  9. My grandaughter had delayed speech as a toddler and is currently under investigation for Autism/ADHD and has a severe stutter so I am hoping that if I can sign (and teach her to sign as well) it will help her to communicate better and aid her speech as well as give us both an extra skill.
  10. Hi all I'm Kate (aka Roz) from Kent and a grandmother of a child who had delayed speech and possible Autism or ADHD.
  11. Hi everyone My name is Ruth and I am a special needs teaching assistant and I have wanted to learn sign language for a while. Lockdown has given me the ideal opportunity to practice and learn a new a skill. I love people and connecting with them and i would love to be able to communicate with the deaf community. It is such an expressive and beautiful language to learn I hope I get to put it into practice one day. This also adds to my skill set and cv for the future. I look forward to learning and meeting new people.
  12. Does anyone know of any resources for signing Ring a Rosies? I've checked google, Youtube and Instagram and all I can find is Makaton.
  13. Hi all, my Mum and I are learning BSL together and using this course. My younger brother had delayed speech when he was really young and Makaton was amazing for communication. It's always been something we wanted to learn but we've now committed. Every week we aim to video call each other and learn together giving ourselves homework and challenges, it's great and we're already starting to recognise some signs in other conversations. We've just finished learning the signs for different animals on the course. I'm looking forward to finishing the course and moving on to more complicated sentence structures because currently, I do't know how to structure sentences correctly. I'm hoping to use this form as a means of further explanation and finding new signs because sometimes I think Google can be a bit scarce. Good luck to everyone else on the course and who's on their journey of learning BSL.
  14. Jennyd

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    I have recently retired and have always been interested in learning BSL so have now taken the opportunity to begin learning it.
  15. I'm a Qualified Dental Nurse and Lead Receptionist at my dental practice. I've decided to do a BSL course as we do not have anyone here on hand to support Deaf or Hard of Hearing people in our practice and I want to change that. I feel its important to offer absolutely everyone the best possible level of care and so here I am. I don't really understand why sign language isn't taught in our schools and feel that we all need to be more inclusive of all people in life. Were all in life together, so we should all try to fit into each others world and be less isolated.
  16. Hello Everyone! My names Natalie. I'm 32, a Qualified Dental Nurse and Lead Receptionist at my dental practice. I've decided to do a BSL course as we do not have anyone here on hand to support Deaf or Hard of Hearing people in our practise and I want to change that. I feel its important to offer absolutely everyone the best possible level of care and so here I am. I'm enjoying the course already
  17. Hi, My name is Sophie. I wanted to learn BSL as while I was working in shops I had served a few deaf customers and found it difficult that I couldn't provide the same service to them as I could my hearing customers. I learnt how to sign thank you and when I used it with my deaf customer I could tell even that small effort was appreciated but I though why not take it one step further!
  18. Hi there, my name is Ciara and I have just started learning BSL a couple of days ago! I have always wanted to learn sign language and now that I have more time on my hands, I though this was the best time to try it out and learn something different.
  19. Hello my name is Russell. I'm learning bsūü§ól because it's a good skill to have
  20. Hi all. My name is Delia and i started learning BSL due to loosing my hearing. I had joined this forum many years ago, but have been absent due to health and not having a laptop, which i now have. So i am hoping to use the Forum to sign with other BSL users, so that i can regain my skill. I hope you are all well and staying positive at this awfull time.
  21. Hi everyone. My name is Xyra and I have just graduated from university. I have wanted to learn sign language for a while but when the pandemic started, I thought there is no better time than now to learn. I like to meet new people and make friends and would love to be confident in signing to do so : )
  22. I am an operational police officer and i'm always looking to increase my skillset. I have always said that I would like to learn BSL and a couple of recent experiences at work have given me the impetus to start my BSL journey. Communication is a massive part of my job and on one particular occasion, the dynamics of a situation kept deteriorating mostly due to the frustrations of the deaf individual due to the communication barrier. I feel that learning BSL will better equip me in dealing with such like scenarios again should it happen again.
  23. Hi everyone, my name is Bernie and I am new to BSL. It is something that I have wanted to learn for so long but there just always seemed to be something getting in the way of me applying myself. I am an operational police officer and have had recent experiences of dealing with deaf individuals whereby communication was difficult. Being able to communicate with BSL would certainly have helped in de-escalating the situation that i found myself in and I can completely understand the frustration of the people I was dealing with due to the barriers we had. I look forward to continue my learning and hope that I can put my new skills to good use.
  24. I'm learning BSL to make new friends, and be able to communicate more efficiently to more people, particularly as I've worked in a lot of customer facing roles.
  25. Hi, my name is Leia. I am a primary school teacher who has always wanted to learn sign language, not just so I am able to communicate and teach children who have hearing difficulties, but also to be able to teach hearing children how to be inclusive. I feel like basic sign language is something all children should learn. I have learnt the basics before whilst at university, but wanted a more in-depth knowledge/ refresher. Everyday, when I take the register (morning and afternoon) I sign good morning and good afternoon to the children who answer the register by signing (and saying) this back to me. I have 1 student who has taken a particular interest in sign language and has asked me to show her more. I'm really looking forward to seeing where this will take me.
  26. Hi, My names Tash and I am completely new to BSL. Up until about 2 weeks ago I didn't even know the basics. I've always had an interest in BSL and said I would learn one day (no time like the present). I work in customer service and have always felt guilty that I couldn't communicate with HoH customers in the same way I do hearing customers. Due to current circumstances (having to wear face masks) I've noticed even more of a divide. I'm currently doing an online course which is going ok, but I'm struggling to remember some signs and finding it hard as I can't "practice". I don't know any HoH people and I don't want to try it on a customer and fail miserably. Help!
  27. Hello, my name is Lyall but my friends call me Lye (My sign name is Caustic because of this haha). I'm a 19 year old dude currently taking a course in BSL which is something that means a lot to me and I've wanted to learn since I was a little kid. I also struggle processing speach, my volume is fine my brain just strugles to hear some sounds, especially constonants. I've known fingerspelling and 1-10 for as long as I can remeber, I also know the basics and a few other random signs I picked up in school as I went to one for HoH and visually impared kids for a short time. I've always been passionate about inclusivity and communication, I've just never had the money to do a certification course until now and would just learn a few new words using a sign dictionary when I found the time and remebered. I'm really ecited to be here, learn as much as I can, and get my certification! (Tried my best with the video, please let me know if I made any mistakes!! It was really difficult trying to do it flipped haha)
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    • Hi everyone. This¬†is¬†Delia. question ? Does anybody use the video chat room?¬† if so please link me as i would love to practice BSL using this.Thank you.
    • Hiya, my name's Phoebe and I've only just joined! I work in healthcare and have been hard of hearing since birth, being profoundly deaf in my left ear. I see a lot of patients and staff (including myself) struggle with communication barriers in healthcare, especially lately with masks making this even harder. It's taken me a long time to realise that despite not being completely deaf I can still be a part of the deaf community, and so I've been educating myself and trying to learn BSL for the la
    • HI Flic.¬† Its great to read this. I wish you all the best with your BSL adventure.¬† I am¬† so confused as to why when i am in hospital , The Royal¬†National Nose Ears and Throat Hospital, for procedures on my ear, that¬† it is impossible to communicate with the doctor or any of the nurses because i am deaf¬†with out my hearing aids,¬† and not one of them can use BSL¬† and i have been going there for many years!¬† Its great to see the younger generation taking part in correcting this.¬† Thank you.¬† Take
    • Hi Nataliebee.¬† Its¬†great to read this as i am very hard of hearing myself and always have a lot of trouble at the dentist.¬† I have been going to my appointments there for years, and always tell her,¬† but unfortunately she just keeps talking to me from behind with a mask on! we get by somehow but it would be so much easier if her or the dental nurse, who is usually in front of me, could sign.¬† With people like yourself around we have hope for the future.¬† Yes i totally agree that BSL should be t
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