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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Afternoon all, I have 70% loss both ears but as others mentioned didn't realise how much I relied on lip-reading and reading peoples facial expressions until we started all wearing masks. The last two years with COVID have left me feeling very isolated so I figured it would be a good idea to learn BSL and I am enjoying it very much.
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  10. Hi everyone, I'm Dawne and this is my second time round learning BSL, I did this course back in 2018 and really enjoyed it. I had recently started wearing hearing aids (back in 2018) and realised how much my hearing was a barrier for me. This got me thinking of learning BSL (in case my hearing ever got worse). I really enjoyed the course but once I finished it I didn't put it into practise! I have re signed to the course as it will be part of my professional development at work. I work in a primary school and want to be confident (and able) to communicate with children in a non verbal way. So here I am ready to go again with the incentive to sign what I learn! Good luck to everyone learning BSL. Thanks for reading Dawne
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  11. Hello! My name is Ellie. I have wanted to learn sign language for a long time. I have been deaf in one ear most of my life and have left it far too long. I was inspired to start learning during lockdown and sadly didn't get very far. Recently I am inspired by Rose on Strictly to get on with it. It is a beautiful language and so useful. I work in the Arts with children who struggle to communicate and I feel passionately that it would really help everyone.
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  12. 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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  13. Hello Im Harriet and i'm learning with my daughter Erika. We are learning BSL because my son has autism and is currently non verbal and we hope he will respond to signing.
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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. Because I like what learning new languages does to the brain. It expands perception's horizon.
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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. I started a year ago then let it dwindle as I am terrible at finishing courses but and am now back on track to get through the course. I started to learn just purely because I felt like an arrogant a*hole for not having learnt previously. I wish it had been taught at school.
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  21. HEY! Im hosting an event we all can enter. This event is only due to covid so all i want you to do is, below here. On the exact date. TEST EACHOTHER! This is for anyone who wants some help without paying online and just to say hi to the people in the community. If for some reason you cant comment under this go to my last introducuary post and comment under there. There will be a chance for people to ask questions if needed like"whats my BSL name" and things like that. This is just so, like ive stated, we can get to know our community more. Tell them were you live, what's your name, why you started BSL and just Have a nice chat. I hope you enjoy this event thanks!
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  22. I'm Sarah, I work for a ferry operator and have started learning sign language to hopefully be able to communicate (all be it very basically) with our deaf and hearing impaired passengers. I'm not the quickest at picking up new skills but I am determined to stick at it 🙂
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  23. My girlfriend and I are linguists and fascinated by language. We are starting to learn BSL together and it is an amazing thing to begin to understand the language and community, practice signing, and be able to share that endeavour. Thank you for this forum! 😊
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  24. 🖐️greetings BSL community! I'm fascinated to learn a language that uses signs and that has it's own unique grammar and culture. I share this interest with my boyfriend, so we are learning it together.🖐️
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  25. 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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  26. Hello, my name is Jay I work for the Ambulance service. I am learning BSL to help me communicate with the deaf community who will hopefully never need my help, but if they do I am able to provide the best possible care. I am really enjoying the challenge and really appreciate and admire the language.
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  27. Hi everyone, I am a nursing student in the UK and have decided it would be a good idea to learn British Sign Language as part of my course. I am 23 and currently a first year student.
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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. Hi everyone! I'm Karen, 62 years young and learning BSL for the first time. Inspired by Rose on Strictly Come Dancing, I like watching Mr Tumble, who uses the language system Makaton (which shares some signs with BSL) on CBeebies with my 16 month old grandson. I am thoroughly enjoying learning the language, particularly as it uses facial expressions and body language, in addition to hand signing, acknowledging the importance of the whole body in communicating. I use BSL in communicating with my grandson, who is not yet talking, and he is already picking up some words and phrases. I am so pleased that the British Government has finally acknowledged BSL as an official language and is legislating to make it so. As a modern, western society it has been a long time coming!
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  32. Is there a sign to indicate someone is nonspeaking/semispeaking, i.e. they are hearing but are unable to speak because of apraxia of speech/autism? Or should I just sign 'can't speak'?
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  33. +Sorry the above message should read....pulling it slowly across mouth to the RIGHT side not left.
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  34. I know there is a lot of looking around and trying to remember letters but I thought I’d try my best! I know it’s clumsy 😂
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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. I’m a beginner and found it I could understand quite a bit of your poem . It helped to hear it too so I could check if I got it right ! Thanks 🙏
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  38. 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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  39. Hey BSL Forum! We at Otermans Institute are currently developing a process to support students with hearing impairments when over 7 million people in the UK alone suffer from severe hearing disabilities. This is done by building an AI model that aims to provide close to real-time translation of educational content in British Sign Language. We are urgently looking for individuals who know British sign language to support us with this. The role is varied and up to individual volunteer’s strengths and interests. However, the core support task includes actively working on deciphering sign language and data collection to support this AI model. This is a voluntary role and each ‘Sign Language Champion’ who completes working with us will receive support with paid training. Requirements: Knowledge of British Sign Language (Level 3 or higher) For more information, visit here Contact: [email protected] If you fulfil the requirements, please contact us or if know anyone who can contribute, please do share this with them. It would be of great help for the technology to expand and to help the community.
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  40. Hello Name me what? S-A-R-A Age me what? 32 Live me where? England
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  41. 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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  42. Hey everyone 😊 My name's Amy and I live in London. Here's a video of me briefly introducing myself in the small amount of BSL that I know! Looking forward to getting to know others 👋
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  43. Hi Danny, welcome I have not learned as much as I would have liked to - started a few months ago - but I find that when I have had a gap in learning BSL doing a few fingerspelling games really helps
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  44. Like many folk I find myself starting to learn BSL too late in life. I have been deaf in one ear for 50 years but still didn't do anything about learning BSL! Unfortunately as a (rare) consequence of major surgery I have now been left with no voice - or at best a soft whisper - so, for instance, talking to my wife in a busy restaurant is impossible. We have both started trying to learn BSL - it is very slow, but that may be an age thing!!!! Keep reminding myself that climbing a mountain is a sequence of small steps...so here goes.
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  45. I learned a little sign language at primary school many years ago but I have always been thinking about, googled searched for classes and could. Or believed there was an online course that is so amazing!
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  46. Hi there, I'm actually an Australian and currently living in Australia, however my plan is to move to England to be with my partner when my government opens our borders (I haven't seen him in 2 years!). My partner is hard of hearing and is slowly deteriorating, so while he can still hear, he might not be able to in a decade or so, and so we are both learning BSL now instead of later. I'm finding it easy to remember so far, much easier than learning a verbal language, as it is easier to make associations and easier for my personally to remember gestures rather than abstract words. I'm glad this forum exists, as my biggest difficulty is finding people to practice with besides my partner (as no one here speaks BSL, obviously, living in Australia.) Thanks for having me!
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  47. I used to know sign language as a kid, and since in the future I'd like to go into something that involves the general public, I'm jumping back into learning sign so I can communicate better with HOH people :] I struggle a bit with fingerspelling to another person, but I'm figuring it out.
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  48. I have noticed no matter what kind of external camera you use for this website, the quality and speed is always very choppy. But there is something you can do about it! :) A bright light to illuminate the area the camera covers helps with camera speed a lot. Sorry I am not able to provide an example, but trust me it works! Have a great day everyone :)
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  49. Hey here’s a snippet of a beautiful song in BSL/SSE! You can find loads more on my Instagram and I upload videos with BSL Interpretation on my YouTube 🥰
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