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  1. I'm Emma, I'm 27 living in London (and I love it here). I work in social media as a content producer and art advisor. I hope to be a curator one day! I love the arts, environmental sciences, animals, astronomy, horror, fashion, and makeup. And I love going for long walks! I am hard of hearing, with moderate-severe hearing loss in my right ear (the sound in my right ear is too quiet and muffled to understand anything, it's pretty much useless). I've just started using a hearing aid but still mostly depend on my left ear! I'm excited to be part of a wonderful community and get to know people, and to practice what I'm learning in BSL!
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  2. Hi everyone, My name is Kajsa and I am partially deaf but born into a hearing family. My 2-year old is more deaf than I am and needs to sign so we are busy learning BSL. See you around! X
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  3. I have just restarted trying to learn a bit of BSL - it is almost 2 years since I started and then gave up! I am planning on completing the BSL online course this time and hope to find someone to practise signing with. I attend weekly lip reading classes
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  4. Title Face to Facebook (more SSE then BSL (any questions, comments on signing, or want to share your poems/poem critic please do) #safeplace
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  5. Hey folks! I've always liked the idea of sign languages conceptually, and though I have no friends or family who actually know BSL, it's been a goal for a couple of years to finally get around to learning it. Figured I'd finally use the new year to motivate me to start it up properly, and it's been a lot of fun so far memorising signs and practicing with myself in the mirror 😁 I'm based in London so I figure I'll meet or come across someone who knows BSL eventually, hopefully by then I'll be somewhat proficient and can surprise them with more than just introducing myself! Feel free to get in touch, maybe then I can chat about it with someone else who's learning instead of me continuing to annoy my flatmate with the latest thing I've learned 🙂
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  6. I think it would be great if at some point the London Newbies get together! I find that I've learnt the signs for the lessons, and can pass the tests, but when I watch videos of other people signing on here, I get lost very quickly - and hopefully meeting people can help!
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  7. Hi everyone, My name is Fran. I've made learning BSL my 2022 New Years Resolution. I've not really met anyone learning/needing to use BSL to communicate, so it's really been a solo effort to try and learn something new! I hope that one day, with a bit more confidence I might be able to organise the occasional BSL weekend coffee morning in North-West London area, where new learners (like me) and more experienced people might be able to get together and help each other develop their BSL skills as well as work towards making awareness of BSL in the community.. and maybe even make some friends!! But I've got a few more lessons to learn first!
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  8. Hi Amy, congratulations on passing your module. It's nice to read that you're feeling positive about learning sign language especially with everything going on. Good luck with your learning
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  9. Hello All, This is my firs ever video using BLS so hopefully it's clear enough. My name is Sam; I am 27 years old; I work - art gallery; I leave in Manchester :)
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  10. Hey Sue, Off course, once again more SSE, "Title Face-facebook we were friends, good friends, now we don't talk anymore, but I still know your face, see your family, every year reminded of your birthday, bringing back memories, both good and bad. We don't talk anymore, but I still like you. your a footprint in my sand, I hope I'm a good footprint in yours. thank-you for watching, any comments type them out, say them sign them, I would love to hear, to listen, thank-you"
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  11. Have just started to learn BSL and am really enjoying it.
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  12. Hi, I'm learning BSL as my baby girl was born with bilateral hearing loss and I want to be ready to communicate with her however we might need to in future! I also want to be able to communicate with others in the deaf community better :)
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  13. Hi, I’m Artio. I learned finger spelling when I was very little. I love languages - I enjoy learning foreign languages, computer coding, and I’ve been wanting to learn BSL for a long time but struggled to find and pay for resources. I work full time as a data analyst. I study part time towards a Natural Sciences degree with an emphasis on Biology and Chemistry. I’m autistic and have ADHD. I’d love to be able to talk without using sound. Speaking out loud feels like a lot more effort than using gestures. I’ve always felt uncomfortable around other people and I imagine it would be uncomfortable to be around people who don’t know BSL if that’s your main language. I’d like to be able to offer that so others may feel less alone. I often learn a little of a colleague’s language if their first language isn’t English. I’m not sure if it’s the right thing to do but I feel it’s something I can do to try and make someone feel welcome, less alone, and less different - especially in work or school environments. ‘I’ve felt alone for a long time and I don’t want others to experience that quite so acutely.
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  14. Hello I did deaf studies about 10 years ago and needed to recap it to use with a pupil at our school.
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  15. Hi, my name is Jodi and I'm a final year medical student. I grew up with deaf friends, and knew a little bit, but I want to be able to properly speak go my friends in their first language, and be able to make the hospital experience easier for bsl users once I've qualified.
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  16. Hello! My name is Hannah, and I'm a creative, disabled, single, white 30 year old woman still living with mum and dad in Nottingham. I was born partially deaf but nobody realised until after I started school, where I've been a hearing aid user in one ear ever since. Although I've had my fair share of operations, my deafness was not considered severe enough to be taught BSL. Although I know there are plenty of people out there with similar hearing loss/lived experiences, I've always been the only one among my peers who was/is in anyway deaf and it's soooooo isolating. I would love to finally be an active part of a deaf community but obviously I need to be proficient in BSL in order to participate fully. CDL is short for Creative DEAFtly Living and I hope to someday create a a blog/resource/social group to support others who identify as creative, deaf or disabled, particularly those who are in their 20s and 30s as I can't seem to find any charity or social support in place for this specific age group.
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  17. Hi everyone! I have just started an online course and have learned finger spelling/greetings/colours/some basic questions and some places, using British-sign.co.uk I would love to see if there was anyone who was available in the evenings to practice BSL together, someone who is on the same level as me! Let me know, Holly
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  18. Hi, I'm refreshing and learning BSL 1 anyone out there interested in doing some online practice via skype maybe 2 x 10mins a week or what suits? Thanks Marianne
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  19. Hi Littlebird, I completely understand how you feel. I think the receptive was the exam I was most nervous about. One of the things that actually helped me was I convinced myself I wasn't going to pass on the first time and decided to treat my exam as a practice test instead. As luck would have it (and I think luck is involved) I did end up passing and I think it was down to the following points below. I'm not sure if it will help you as everyone is different but I hope this helps: Like you, I watched a lot of BSL Zone but especially the interview style shows (e.g. Close Up) as I felt this was the most similar to the Signature Level 3 receptive exam. There were two things I focused on while watching - practising writing notes without looking down and also getting myself familiar with the feeling of not understanding everything and not panicking. I knew that if I started to panic I would completely lose concentration so I needed to practise experiencing that feeling and trying to overcome it and continue. I also used the Signature Level 3 Homework content to practise. At the time I felt that it was not worth the money I spent on it as I didn't think it was very helpful but in hindsight I think watching these videos did help. If you only have a few days, it might not be worth purchasing and the SignWorld content might be similar. When watching the videos, the main thing I practised was writing without looking down, getting used to not understanding everything and trying to pick out key details such as numbers and names. On that note, I did a quick refresher of regional numbers before the exam as I found this quite difficult. This website was helpful with that: https://bslsignbank.ucl.ac.uk/regional/numbersigns/ Trying to recognise fingerspelling made me very nervous so I practised this as much as possible when watching any BSL videos and also by using the game on this website: https://www.signlanguageforum.com/bsl/fingerspelling/fingerspelling-game/. If you haven't used it before it is really helpful as practising your understanding and can be speeded up to make it more difficult. I used YouTube videos to practise too, for example the National Deaf Children's Society YouTube channel was helpful as it had videos like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiLPtwNKczw. I have to admit that the exam I did happened to be on a topic I was quite familiar with, which helped massively so I think luck is part of it. I practised the format of the exam too, so that I had the timings and the structure clear in my head so that there wouldn't be any surprises. For example, if you're watching a YouTube video or a BSL Zone video, try to watch it the same number of times that you would be able to watch it in the test. I tried to learn some key dates, names and facts to help me recognise these if they came up. This is quite hard when you have so many topics but it definitely does help. There is a Facebook Group called BSL Level 3 Certificate which is helpful too- lots of advice and questions answered. I really hope it goes well. I kept asking myself why on earth I was doing this to myself so it's also important to remember that although this is really difficult it is a worthwhile thing that you are doing and no matter what happens with the exam, you are gaining skills that are really valuable! If it also helps to know, our class all did a mock exam a couple of weeks before the real thing and we all failed the mock but all of us apart from one passed the real exam (and the one who didn't pass the first time, passed the second time). Best of luck and I really hope it goes well.
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  20. I am coming out of university and as an inclusive dance artist/ teacher, I am trying to be as diverse as possible. I am also going into teaching in the next academic year in a school that is for children with hearing impairments and I think I will be able to have better communication, understanding and connections with the children if I can speak to them using sign language. Is there anyone on here that is a dance teacher for those with hearing impairments? I would love to connect and discuss how you teach/ what sort of exercises work best etc? as I am very new to teaching in this way and would appreciate any knowledge from those more experienced. (Not all of the children know a lot of sign language but a few do).
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  21. As an additional support when working with children with needs. Helping them communicate and to offer an alternative way of being understood is vital to limiting frustration in their learning journey.
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  22. Two reasons really. As a retired person I want to keep my mind active so it still works well in the years to come. Secondly, I volunteer locally at the “Forest Community Shed” and I think the ability to sign in BSL may be of help to the community in the future, when I get better. As my knowledge increases along with my confidence in signing, I would like to find someone to practice with, but not just yet.
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  23. Hi, I am just beginning to learn through a mixture of the online course and the app. I would love to have some practice face to face but I am sure you are too advanced for me!
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  24. Hi, My name is Vicky, I am a mum to 5 amazing children and a Teaching Assistant in an Infant school. I have picked up a few signs from sing and sign and learning a few from my children's nurseries and would like to be able to do and know more, so here i am xx
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  25. Hello! my name is Emilia!
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  26. Hi I'm Shelley and I have decided to learn BSL because during my time as a teacher I supported a child who had hearing impaired parents to run a signing class. I realised the value and importance of this skill in being able to communicate and fully believed that it is something that should be taught to all children. Unfortunately I didn't continue and now that I do voluntary work in the community I want to be able to converse with everyone I meet.
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  27. Hi! My name is Tam, I live near Leeds and I'm learning BSL because as a disabled person myself I want to be more inclusive to others and broaden my world view. I'm a sixth form student but by September I will be in university!
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  28. Hi there my name is Libby I’m 40 years old. I am delighted to be finally doing this course, I did look into it last year but due to personal circumstances I didn’t get signed up. I hope to go to learn all levels of BSL because it is an ambition of mine to work in deaf service or become a tutor or interpreter. Ideally I would have liked to join a course whereby there is a deaf tutor and although there is services near me they do not appear to be running classes at the moment due to covid. I’m really looking forward to learning this amazing language.
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  29. Hi, my name is Nicki. I have always wanted to learn sign language having been taught the alphabet when I was at primary school. I took a short course at uni. Now I have a member of my Reception class who is profoundly deaf and I am learning to support her. My class are loving learning alongside me, including this child and I have also set up a club for our older pupils.
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  30. Hi I am Olivia and I have just started learning BSL as part of my DoFE award. I am really enjoying it so far and I am picking it up quite well. I have suffered with my hearing since i was a young child and have had 3 operations to fix it. This is important to me as it helps raise awareness and make me more understanding of people in even worse situations than mine was.
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  31. I believe it's whichever you feel more comfortable with, rather than whichever you write with. I think part of my problems in the past have been that I change hands - I learned fingerspelling right-handed as a kid, but my BSL instructor was left-handed so I got myself in a muddle copying him (You'd think mirror image, right? No). I just used whichever hand felt correct at the time. I got my left hand smacked more times than I could count. I'm now trying hard to stick with left-handed. Right clearly didn't work for me. But now I'm having to undo three decades of right-handed fingerspelling. Since your post was four months ago I assume you figured it out for yourself, but I thought I'd reply in case anyone else was wondering.
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  32. HI all, I'm just about to complete my training as a volunteer vaccinator for covid and flu jabs. I want to be able to communicate with them better and feel more comfortable. Also why not learn it !!! In my opinion it should be taught in school and not French, German or Spanish.
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  33. How would one sign e.g., I play football monthly / weekly? TIA 🙂
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  34. I'm in a long-distance relationship with a British deaf person. They have hearing aids, but I don't want the expectation to be that they'd always have to wear them for us to communicate. I want to be able to surprise them on our first face-to-face meeting by knowing some sign language, and I aim to become fluent eventually. It would also be a great help to have the ability to communicate with them when I'm non-verbal and overwhelmed.
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  35. I've always wanted to learn BSL for use in my workplace (Veterinary Nurse) to help all clients feel included and informed when treating their pets. I'm a complete novice so eager to learn!
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  36. +Sorry the above message should read....pulling it slowly across mouth to the RIGHT side not left.
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  37. Hello my name is Neil and I am learning BSL as I am recently losing my hearing. I have decided due to the decline of my hearing that it is worth preparing for it going completely also teaching my children as I progress. I have just started my level 1 today.
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  38. Hi all i am learning a lot from song signing. Is there anyone else that does this? would like to learn Visiting Hours by Ed Sheeran. The one on YouTube is to hard to follow. can anyone sign this? Thanks all
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  39. I have just signed up to an online course to learn BSL, I was inspired by Rose on Strictly Come Dancing and feel it would be great to communicate with people who have difficulty in hearing.
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  40. Hi, I have started learning BSL as the mum of one of my sons friends is deaf. They have just stared in reception and the mum and one of her friends goes in to the class once a week to teach the children some BSL. I felt awful I could not communicate anything more than Hello when at school so have signed up to learn. Really enjoying it.
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  41. Hi Juliana......It starts off Hello BSL friends. Hope you like my poem. Lockdown soon be over, Everyone sing and dance. Meeting friends and family, Celebrations in the park. Sun brings hope and happiness. Tears have gone away. Good months in the future. Here time has passed ...Horray!!! Sadly since this poem was written we are still not out off the woods!!!!:) x Hope this helps
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  42. Hi, I'm Jo and have today starting learning BSL. My brother is deaf and as a child I wanted to learn BSL but as my brother never learned, it just never happened. He has always got by using lip reading. After completing my Teaching Assistant course last year, and watching the amazing Rose on Strictly I decided to go for it. I also figured it could be a valuable skill as a TA.
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  43. Hi everyone, my name is Jamielee and I have just started to learn BSL. I have 2 brothers who both wear hearing aids and can sign but growing up I never really felt the need to learn it as they could still communicate with me verbally. As part of my job I am an inclusion and diversity champion and working with the public I thought this is a great way that I can develop myself to help others feel more included in my Work place.
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  44. I'm absolutely loving it so far! After I finish a lesson I go to my parents/boyfriend saying: ... give me a colour/city/country/job!!! and then proceed to sign what they say. In less than two weeks I feel like I've learnt so much
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  45. I am doing my Level 102 and 103 and really need some practice. It takes me time to absorb things and it doesn't help that I am forgetful 😂.. Also very shy but I have to do it. Anyone up for it one day? Kieran has been of great help in the past.
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  46. Hi, I am learning BSL because I have a pupil in my nursery class who is profoundly deaf and we are teaching her BSL with the support of Sensory Support advisors. I am a Primary school teacher and at present I teach nursery and reception class. I am teaching the class signs in order to communicate in simple terms in BSL with each other and they are doing really well! I teach in Wales and the new Welsh Curriculum has BSL as a learning objective within the curriculum as of September 2022. I would really like to develop my skills in BSL over the coming years. Claire
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  47. Hello Name me what? S-A-R-A Age me what? 32 Live me where? England
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  48. Hey there! Newbie to this forum but jumping back into BSL again. I started learning a little at a young age as it was, at the time, the way my younger brother communicated as he was very quiet and shy with words. Growing up, I gave it up but it remains my biggest regret. I think it's amazing and so beneficial to use from day-to-day. I'm currently a shop assistant so I meet all kinds of people daily and on occasions, those Deaf or hard of hearing. It pains me that I am not able to communicate with them as best as I could but here I am, back learning so I can communicate with every one that comes in. Hope to meet people, make friends and get some tips and thoughts. Annie
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