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Learning British Sign Language

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  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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  • Posts

    • That’d be cool. I know very little but still cool
    • Hi Sharna, I have just joined so am also new at this - I have been trying to learn sign language and i am currently doing my level 1 so just at the beginning as well.  I have been going to a class but it would be good to be able to practice during the week. 
    • Hi. I’m sharna.  I wear hearing aids as I am hard of hearing and because of that I’ve always wanted to learn bsl but the courses are very expensive and I tried with just an online course but then I couldn’t practice with people which is what I want (otherwise it’ll be like in one ear and out the other but about eyes instead of ears. Also - I made an ear joke haha - not wanting to offend anyone by that though   If you can’t laugh...) I really want it as a second language to the point of I can do it without much thought like I do with English.  And hopefully I’ll make friends. Nice to meet you all
    • hi I'm chloe I'm 26 and currently learning bsl level 1, I have a son who was born deaf hes almost three now and he amazes me every day with his ability to learn and communicate he has been my inspiration to want to learn sign. I've been doing level one since January and love every moment of it even though I find it particularly tricky at times and would love to be able to practice or help with others where I can. thanks for taking the time to read this and happy signing xx :-) :-)
    • hi erica my name ve would love to help you where i can i get axious when i video calling too but prehaps we can help each other i have just past my level 102 so might help regards   ve
    • Hello everyone i'm pretty new to bsl but would love to learn it. It would help in my job in case i get any deaf customers , it would also be good if i made any deaf friends. If anybody is up for helping me , i'm not straight forward with video call but i'd like to talk about stuff more before i do as i have anxiety and it's a little difficult to video call with a stranger haha. Thanks for taking your time to read this!
    • Hi Trespasser, I work on Wensleydale Railway in North Yorkshire.   
    • Hi Ken, what heritage railway would that be then? .. Also glad to see your looking to expand your driving tuition to cater for the deaf community, I guess that will bring in a bit more custom for you and also make a few new friends along the way ..  
    • Well a few years ago I worked for myself as a computer technician / engineer and had a crazy thought of providing support for deaf people as I found it was (or appeared to be) an empty niche in an already crowded market, wherever I looked I saw every man and his dog was setting up shop repairing computers and selling stuff.  Yet despite the cheaper prices, snazzy signs, and advice they were prepared to sell you no one actually had any comprehension of providing a service for the deaf.... Fortune seemed to smile on me at this time as we had a good friend and neighbour who was very fluent in sign language (which I found out later) and he agreed to teach me, about 10 weeks later we had christmas arrive and stopped the lessons for a short while but in the new year everything changed and the lessons never resumed ... shortly after both he and his family moved house virtually overnight..  Meanwhile lifes dynamics have changed and I had to close the business due to my customers dropping off and a recurring back problem from an industrial injury many moons ago which sort of restricts me from crawling under desks and in roof spaces running cables, so i'm now unemployed and looking once again to learn sign language mainly for my own gratification but if the situation arises I could actually bring some computer knowledge to deaf people .... once I grasp an understanding of sign language
    • hi ken   on the first page where it saids veideo chat and look to see if any one in the rooms if so join them i am always in there or tell me a day or night and we can try and meet in there i have a few people on sundays that meet on here sometimes due to work commitments ect so let me know claire you could do a refresher course to get you back into things but dont you think your pick it up if you get some practice on here.   ve
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