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    • I everyone, I hope you are all keeping safe and sane. I have signed up to this course to help my change in career. I lost my business due to covid and I am retraining to be a TA. Eventually I want to be in special education and gain a degree in BSL.
    • Hi all, I tried twice now to learn BSL but both attempts had fallen through, though I'm determined to get back to it. There's very little opportunity to use it in my day to day life as until now I've never been exposed to the Deaf community and ways of practice seemed few and far between.  This year however I started volunteering at an urban farm charity that focuses on educating children and special needs groups, we're often used as a school trip location for younger children. Our signs all have BSL on them for the animals, and one of the boss's kids is hard of hearing and uses sign language a lot when he's around. He's very sweet but I felt a crippling guilt when he started offering signs to me I wasn't familiar with, and he in turn didn't have the vocal capacity to explain what he was signing to me. I'm now determined to get back to learning it so that I can communicate with him better and maybe to stop him from feeling like he's talking to a brick wall (AKA me), and when we reopen after the next lockdown, perhaps I can have a bit more vocabulary up my sleeve to offer more communication opportunities for any other guests who use BSL.
    • Hope everyone is staying safe and are doing well to navigate their way through this season we are in. I was wondering if anyone was doing zoom groups to practice or if anyone lived near to kingswinford in the west midlands to meet up, socially distancing of course, again to practice once the restrictions were eased a little. Would like to practice, not long started and I am currently in school at work but don't want to loose what I have learned so far. thanks xx
    • Hey my name is Ellie. I’ve always been interested in sign language. And wasn’t really given the opportunity in my last job. But now I’m in lockdown, I come do something I’m passionate about, which could be helpful in the job I’m in now. 
    • Hi Sue, Thanks, I replied on another thread - very helpful.  
    • Hi Mair, Not sure if you have received this message so sending again.   I too had trouble with the video to start with. Sometimes it is the site. However if it is not this might help. Click on the red button. When this changes to a blue square start to record your message. Click on the blue square to stop recording. Click on INSERT. Wait a couple of minutes until your video pops back on. Play and check it is what you want to send. press SUBMIT. good luck  
    • Hi I just started this course, loving it so far... I think its so imporatant for the wider society to learn BSL if it we are to become a more fairer and inclusive society. Its very refreshing and inspiring to see so many people learning!  id love to practice with someone, if anyone is interested hit me up on my email [email protected]  Good Luck everyone!  Maya  x
    • Hi, I'm new to all of this and I love that this forum helps me see that I am not the only one who is just starting...I have several reasons for wanting to learn... When I was 16 I learnt the BSL alphabet during a performing arts assignment tour guiding children around a reading village (dressed as a jester) - fun fact! I shocked myself when a few weeks ago I saw something about the alphabet and just casually did it...and got them all right - not sure how when it's been 25 years and that was literally a 2 day event! Anyway last year I saw a few posts about signing form people and was inspired, but my sister posted on social media about my 6 year old niece who is hard of hearing (She's actually a very good lip reader so I never even noticed) and how she's learning sign language because she finds it useful as an extra communication tool, so the whole family (My sister and all of her 6 children) are learning with her....I loved that! I decided to learn a few things to say hello to her but then I thought that instead of just a novelty 'Hello' to impress her I would like to actually learn a real conversation. I was shocked to learn that BSL wasn't actually a recognised UK language until 2003 when there are 151,000 people who use it as a primary language in the UK...that's not the only people either as lots use it as an additional language. A little aside:  a few years ago I went to Norway to do a job...when I was there I didn't have a word of the language and almost everyone who could put themselves out and spoke English for me, the times they couldn't I felt so out of the loop and alienated.  My entire mindset with languages changed in an instant...I always thought that if someone lives in my country or is around me then it's their job to speak what I speak...I saw how selfish and alienating that was and determined to always do what I could to help anyone who couldn't communicate with the people around them (which I do know probably isn't a lot as I don't actually speak any other languages).  But I realise that attitude I had then is more common than we like to admit...because I wasn't being actively mean just ignorant and uneducated, but the experience changed my view point. Sorry - I am not trying to be controversial on here!  When we found out my niece had hearing difficulties (Formal diagnosis is pending of whether she has hearing loss, partial hearing etc or which ears work to what degree) I thought of myself in that country trying hard to fit into the language and every time that little girl was told that she sounded wrong or every time she had her back turned and people expected her to know what was going on that must have been how she felt. So I want to learn BSL for that reason - because I don't want to keep expecting everyone to be in my world all the time and if there's a chance I can communicate with new people in a. new way then that's great. I also think that it's just something good to learn - I used to do family contact work and saw several deaf people and interpreters so professionally I might meet people who I may not be a great help to but if I meet a child or family through work and being able to say a few sentences will be good I think Over the years I have tried to learn languages but I learn best by doing things and work best with my hands so being able to learn entirely by doing it is the best for me. Sorry for a super long post...I have so many reasons for wanting to learn and am loving it. 🙂 Happy Weekend!!!
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