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  1. Hi Amy, I would just sign Brothers, sisters I none. From what I understand you put the topic/subject first. Hope this help. Anybody let me know if this is incorrect please. All learning together
    3 points
  2. 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.
    2 points
  3. 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
    2 points
  4. 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.
    2 points
  5. I've had a couple of personal experiences that have brought me here. After leaving school I worked as a teller in the local branch of a building society and one of the first customers I served was deaf. They had some issue they needed resolving but the communication barrier meant neither I or anyone else in the branch could help him. He got upset and very very angry. He shouted incomprehensibly in my face and was signing frantically. I actually thought he was going to get violent but things eventually calmed down and he left, his issue still unresolved. Some of the staff were visibly ups
    2 points
  6. I'm learning BSL for myself and to be able to communicate with others in a similar situation. I've grown up deaf - I had 2 grommets operations as a child and was told to start wearing HA until I grew out of my condition (approx 18 months)... Fast forward 12 years and they realised I also had a deteriorating sensorineural condition, so my hearing gets progressively worse. I wear bilateral hearing aids and increasingly rely on lip reading, but it's not always possible, especially with the current mask wearing, and frankly it's exhausting. I'm 'lucky' in that I can talk and communicate well,
    2 points
  7. I am the Intention Coach (health coach and performance artist). Essentially I teach embodiment through meditation, yoga, performing, massage therapy and exercise. With embodiment in mind, I am quickly learning that BSL isn’t just a langue, it’s a form of therapy and I’m only a few lessons in but it feels amazing to connect with langue and communicate in such a way I’m going to be taking a year-long vow of silence from October 2021-2022, but during this time I wanted to ensure that I could still express how I felt etc… So I decided what better way that to learn sign language!
    2 points
  8. I just finished the final assessment today!🥳 I'm really sad it's over but I'm definitely going to keep learning and practising
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  9. Did anybody see this segment on Blue Peter? Mwaksy takes a look into how BSL is a lifeline to most deaf or hard of hearing people. She visits a theatre group in Cardiff which consists of children between the ages of 3-18 who communicate via BSL. Mwaksy chats to the children and finds out how this group has empowered them as individuals, highlighting the importance of groups like these. She wants to bring the empowerment back to the Blue Peter Studio, so she is set the challenge of learning BSL in order to present a segment of the show, live on CBBC.
    2 points
  10. Hi guys! I'm Kate, I study Criminology with Sociology, I'm from Manchester. I looooove Harry Potter and crime documentaries, but also obsessed with Ru Paul's drag race 😂. I'd love some friends to practice BSL with, even though I am relatively new to learning I'd love the practice and hopefully we can help eachother!
    2 points
  11. 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
    1 point
  12. Hi! So the sign for 'parents' is the fingerspelling of 'M' and 'F'. Is there another way of signing 'parents' for same sex parents? Thanks!
    1 point
  13. Hi, sorry, it seems this post is a bit old now but I've just seen it and thought I'd add my two penneth. There is a sign for parents referring to any combination of either gender and can be used for non binary parent/s as well. Using the peace sign wiggle your hand from side to side to suggest two people accompanied with the lip pattern 'parents'. Ben
    1 point
  14. 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
    1 point
  15. 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 :)
    1 point
  16. hello - do you know of any deaf clubs near your area? when I first started learning sign language some years ago i found out about a local deaf club that had an open night for hearing people to attend, to get use to using BSL.
    1 point
  17. Does anyone actually use this website to communicate with each other? Every time I am on a rarely see others post or commune with each other or occupy the video chat rooms. Currently I have hit a wall in my lessons and would like to actually try to practice beginner sign language with another user. I have learned the majority of the signs from the now completed course, give or take a few. And would like to practice full conversation with other individuals (questions, day to day talk, how to correctly sign this particular sentence, etc). Thanks for taking the time to read this. And p
    1 point
  18. I work across two libraries and have been able to sign up to a British Sign Language course as part of keeping our skills up-to-date during the pandemic. I undertook a short class in school but had always wanted to learn more, (not that I can remember anything from that long ago!). Some of our customers struggle hearing us and a few of our current ones are fluent in sign language, so it would be beneficial to not only interact with them, but to promote the library service as accessible to others who perhaps feel put off by communication barriers. A lot of learned behaviours and perceptions for
    1 point
  19. Hello folks I'm Phil, started learning a couple of weeks ago and finding it fascinating and occasionally amusing. The sign for penguin had me in stitches! It made me think that there should be a word similar to onomatopoeia for when a sign looks like the thing it's representing, in the same way onomatopoeic words sound like what they represent. I'm an out of work (due to long term health issues) history graduate who lives in Greater Manchester and volunteers at a foodbank so I at least do something worthwhile with my life despite the limitations my health puts on me.
    1 point
  20. That's brilliant keep it up! I am trying to do Zoom calls nightly 7-9pm check the practise section for the details Welcome to the forum!
    1 point
  21. Hi everyone, my name is Julia and I have just started to learn BSL and I’m really enjoying it.
    1 point
  22. Hello, my name is Emen. I'm learning British Sign Language as the skills section for my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award. I started 3 weeks ago and its been fun so far. I chose the BSL course because I think knowing the basics of sign language is an important skill to have.
    1 point
  23. Hi everyone! I have been learning BSL from the BSL online course, its great to see so many people have taken up the course too! I am interested in sign language as I am a primary school teacher. I did a placement in a school with an additional deaf unit. This made me realise how important it is to be able to communicate with everyone and to include everyone. I have been enjoying the course so far! Lisa
    1 point
  24. Hi, I have just started and wanted to do something with my son so we are both doing this and practice with each other which is nice. I would love to help people one day with communication. Please excuse me as I am very slow as still thinking about signs.
    1 point
  25. Hi all, I have chosen to pick up sign language for personal benefits as well as work benefits. As a child I suffered a perforated eardrum due to ENT issues and constant infections. As an adult I still suffer and now my left ear drum has almost completely gone and I am almost death on one side. As a mother to 4 I have always had a huge passion for my children to learn sign and took them to sign and singing classes. Two of my children have struggled with hearing and sign has been a blessing for them to communicate with less frustration. As a childcare practitioner teaching a child sign befo
    1 point
  26. I understood that signing perfectly 😀 well done. Hope you get what you want to achieve with BSL, welcome to the Newbie signing community (myseld included)
    1 point
  27. Hello everyone, My name is Sarah and I am from Manchester England. I decided to start learning BSL to ensure I can communicate with any Deaf or Hard of Hearing person I may meet. As a disabled woman myself, I understand the need to feel included and therefore feel it is important to learn to communicate with people as easily as possible. I am part of an active Pagan community and am currently part of the Greater Manchester Witches and Pagans Chaplaincy, I am hoping that knowing some basic BSL will assist in making our services as Chaplains more accessible to all areas of our community.
    1 point
  28. Hey, I'm doing DofE 3 months as well!
    1 point
  29. Hi There, Like everyone else I'm new and have just begun learning BSL I hope we can all help each other out! x
    1 point
  30. It means Zone https://www.bslzone.co.uk/
    1 point
  31. Hi, me too. I am 21 would love to have a practice buddy!
    1 point
  32. I've started Level four and I'm enjoying it so much! I feel I'm so much more confident in my receptive than I used to be. My production has got a little bit rusty with Covid. However joining in on the many deaf club events is helping that side of things. I post any event I see on the Facebook group BSL forum and anyone is welcome to join and practice ☺️👍
    1 point
  33. Thanks for the responses guys! I don't really know how to get around this forum for replying but add me on Facebook? I'm super new on the course (up to learning animals!) But would love it if we can help each other? It's steffani Webster if you search me 😘
    1 point
  34. Hello, my name is Emma. I am new to BSL but have been practising Signalong for a long time now. I currently work as a Teaching Assistant supporting children with additional needs. My reason for starting this course is that I am seeing an increasing number of children in my setting that are Deaf or have profound hearing difficulties and I want to promote inclusivity and help open a doorway to these children.
    1 point
  35. Hey! My name is Lydia, I'm 21 and a paediatric nurse. I'm wanting to learn BSL to communicate with children who use sign language. I also live in Lancashire. Also love binge watching tv shows haha!! Need a few friends to start my BSL journey with too.
    1 point
  36. Hi Steffani, I am also a nerd but I don't have quite the same interests as you. However, I am also looking for BSL buddies to practice with!
    1 point
  37. Thanks for getting back to me. Just wanted to check as I know there are many signs the same sue
    1 point
  38. or you could say "I have two mothers" keeps thing simpler
    1 point
  39. Hi my name’s Susie, I’m 17 and have recently started to learn BSL and I want to become fluent before the end of this year, my aim is to promote inclusivity in the sign community and I am also thinking of becoming a paramedic so sign language would be really helpful there.
    1 point
  40. Hi everyone Im Alan, Ive been trying to get started on BSL for a while now. What i really need is people to practice with. Im wondering if there are people on this course who would like to start some kind of Zoom or other platform sessions up for us all to practice with each other on. This lockdown jazz does nothing for the simple ability of human interaction on a face to face level, which as we know is obviously a large factor of learning a language that requires a visual aspect. Im with you if your'e nervous about doing any of this in front of other people, but i think if im going
    1 point
  41. Hi everyone, My name is Leah. I am 23 years old and I'm a complete beginner to BSL. I am a primary school teacher and despite having no children in my school who currently use sign language I've always been super keen to learn it. Due to having a lot of time now with the current situation, I thought it is a great opportunity for me to learn and give me something to do while being stuck in a small room on my own for who knows how long. It would be great to find some people to practise with to check I'm doing the right thing etc.
    1 point
  42. Good Evening Paul, This Is how I would do it... HAPPY CHRISTMAS ALL MY FREINDS. Gary
    1 point
  43. Hiya, I would also be keen on practicing, I'm nearly at the end of the course
    1 point
  44. Hi Me too please. I am currently completing BSL course - Have my exam in two weeks to achieve level 1. PS - my name is Jade.
    1 point
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