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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. At university I studied Fine Art, and my practice was primarily centered around notions of the body. In particular, the importance of touch and physical communication fascinated me. I believe this is why studying BSL recently has felt such a joy for me; something directly in keeping with the concepts I was excited to explore during my degree. Since graduating, I started my first full-time job in September as a Learning Support Assistant in a local secondary school's Hearing Impaired Resource Base. I can safely say that I have loved working with the students so far, as well as among colleagues whose communication skills I admire such as ToDs and interpreters. Thanks to this job and the influence of those I work with, I've gained a newfound enthusiasm to really practice my BSL (and hopefully, one day, become proficient at it!). ☺️ ~ Amy
  4. 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 👋
  5. I'm learning BSL for my Duke of Edinburgh's Award. I have chosen to complete an Introducing British Sign Language course as part of my Skills section. Currently, I am in school and completing my Bronze award. I decided to learn the basics of sign language so I could understand simple phrases and know how to start a small conversation. I am hoping to be able to try out signing in the near future- as practicing with someone who knows BSL would definitely help me improve. 😀
  6. Hello How are you? I am good! My name is Lee-Ann I am 29 years old I live in England, London I work as a Teaching Assistant Thank you Bye
  7. Hi, My name is Lee-Ann. I have decided to learn BSL because I am a teaching assistant and being in education, I feel this may be beneficial going forward. Should the need arise, it is handy to have the skills to communicate where necessary with BSL. I am enjoying the journey so far and look forward to taking it a lot further. Thank you so much!
  8. Hey yall! Im new to learning BSL properly as i have only being doing them online on youtube. I am ready to learn my heart out and i love the community here. I dont have any ear troubles of my own but i thought it would be nice to learn BSL for anyone who is. I am not new however to medical stuff as i have 2 conditions, Loyiz detez syndrome or LDS and Scoliosis as some will know more about. I know how tuff it is to find someone who understands what im going through and i want to be the person that understands what deaf people are going through. I have already done Level 1 and im ready to take it to the next level. Thanks for listening to my story. Bye xxx
  9. Hi, I'm a student from the Netherlands. I am writing an essay on sign lanugages, one of them being BSL. I have a few questions for people that know a sign language and I would really appreciate it if you could answer them! I don't know a whole lot about deaf culture and sign languages, so please let me know if you find any of these questions inappropriate. For deaf or mute people: Do you sometimes struggle to communicate with people that don’t know sign language? How do you ususally overcome this? For anyone that knows sign: How extensive is the vocabulary in a sign language compared to a spoken language? Are there signs that you find hard? Do you often encounter signs that you don’t know? Do you often experience that you use different signs than other people that use the same sign language? How much would you say your sign language depends on mouth movement and body language? Was it hard for you to learn sign language? / Was it hard for you to learn a spoken language? What are, according to you, the major differences between spoken languages and sign languages? Do you use sayings in sign language, if so, are they the same as in spoken language, or are they specific to sign language? What’s your favourite part about deaf culture? Have you ever tried to communicate with another signing person that doesn’t know the same sign language? If so, what sign language and how did it go? Thank you in advance!
  10. Hi, I'm a student from the Netherlands. I am writing an essay on sign lanugages, one of them being BSL. I have a few questions for people that know a sign language and I would really appreciate it if you could answer them! I don't know a whole lot about deaf culture and sign languages, so please let me know if you find any of these questions inappropriate. For deaf or mute people: Do you sometimes struggle to communicate with people that don’t know sign language? How do you ususally overcome this? For anyone that knows sign: How extensive is the vocabulary in a sign language compared to a spoken language? Are there signs that you find hard? Do you often encounter signs that you don’t know? Do you often experience that you use different signs than other people that use the same sign language? How much would you say your sign language depends on mouth movement and body language? Was it hard for you to learn sign language? / Was it hard for you to learn a spoken language? What are, according to you, the major differences between spoken languages and sign languages? Do you use sayings in sign language, if so, are they the same as in spoken language, or are they specific to sign language? What’s your favourite part about deaf culture? Have you ever tried to communicate with another signing person that doesn’t know the same sign language? If so, what sign language and how did it go? Thank you in advance!
  11. Hello!! My name is Steffani, I am 26 and in Lancashire. I've just started learning BSL and would love to try and get to know people with similar interests so we can be BSL friends I listen to K-pop, I am a veterinary nurse and a pet blood bank donor assistant (starting this weekend eeekk!!) Total nerd, love binge watching tv shows. I have a Dalmatian and a cat! Hopefully I will hear some people soon x
  12. Hello my name is Alexander! I am 16 years old and I am learning sign language because I want to work with children with disabilities when I am older. I have had a lot of work experience from volunteering at my school SSE. I’ve wanted to learn sign language so I can communicate better with the children I may work with in the future or in the present.
  13. Hey Everyone, I'm excited to be writing my wee story for you all! I have started learning BSL after being introduced to the deaf community through my new job. I work for a company who provides VRS and VRI services. So far learning BSL has given me a broader insight into all aspects of BSL and has really benefitted me, in particular learning to acknowledge my deaf colleagues and how they like to communicate with those in the hearing community. I hope that after I complete the BSL course I will be able to use BSL well and have more connecting communications with my colleagues and others in the deaf community. I look forward to reading all your introductions on SLF! Thanks SharonDavie
  14. Hi guys, I have recently started learning BSL - extremely beginner!! I am wondering when signing and talking at the same time do I say what I sign or say the sentence. For instance, when singing “name your what” do I say ‘name your what’ or ‘what’s your name’ Hopefully this makes sense!!
  15. Hello everyone I am shannen I am 24 years old I am Irish but I am living in scotland , I have been learning BSL for a little bit now I am a support worker for people with disabilities I have worked in summer camps in America where I first started to see people use ASL I have recently set up my You tube and Instagram page : signalongwithshannen I sign along to pop songs at the moment I am in the care sector and someone i look after uses bits of BSL but I have always had an interest for learning how to sign so that it can be used day to day what I am learning throughout the course I am teaching and helping the people i support and also the staff that I work with .
  16. Does anyone know of any resources for signing Ring a Rosies? I've checked google, Youtube and Instagram and all I can find is Makaton.
  17. I'm recording a video since this is a sign language forum lol, if anyone wants to make friends through sign I'm all for it as I don't actually know anyone who signs :) say hi!
  18. Hi All, My name is Izzy, I am a secondary science teacher who has a fair few pupils who use BSL. We have our support but I decided I wanted to do more, I wanted to communicate 1to1 with these pupils and find ways that I can describe the world of science to them as I am more then aware BSL is even harder when science is brought in to it. I have a lovely year 7 pupil who each Friday tests my understanding of key words in science into BSL and then if I can put them in a sentence and he teaches me those with the help of one of the schools signers and I teach him the science! I have also been working through the online course and loving it, but sometimes I wish I could practice a little bit more with people as practice makes perfect, right? Look forward to getting to know some of you! Izzy
  19. I would like to practice signing with other people, who have started to learn BSL. This weekend from 10:00 to 11:00 I will be in Room 2 of the Video Chat. That's the one for beginners 😉 I hope some others are able and willing to join me, so we could practice our signs together. Hope to meet you this weekend! 🙂
  20. Hi, My name is Ellen Dodkins, I have been interested in learning about sign language since I was at secondary school as my school had a hearing resource base due to having deaf students within our school population. Sign language was very normalised at my school and I had the opportunity to learn both Level 1 and Level 2 BSL while at school. I have signed up to this resource to refresh my memory of sign language and help me to be able to communicate within the community better. Hope I can develop my understanding of sign language and be able to communicate within the community even better. Ellen
  21. Hi I am Emily Lucas and I looking into using design to help teachers and parents teach babies and young children sign language. I would really love to here about you experiences teaching or learning sign language, how were you taught, why did you start learning or teaching you baby to sign? Any information would be helpful.
  22. I am a Scottish Primary teacher, and have decided to learn BSL in order to ensure that my classroom environment is an inclusive and equitable space for all children. I'm looking forward to teaching my class some signs and learning and practising together with them when school returns.
  23. Hi everyone. I hope this topic is where it's supposed to be. Let me introduce myself, My name is Pierre and I am currently working on a signing avatar for my research project. The avatar signs train announcements in British Sign Language. The idea is that it would be kind of a phone app or a terminal in a train station. I am partially deaf and I started learning BSL recently, so I know I still have much to learn in order to improve the avatar signing (and my own). If you could answer the following questionnaire I would be very grateful. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=8l9CbGVo30Kk245q9jSBPWNZAdZJva9Cv7g43XIt1QRUOFhWOUhWTFM5VzhVR1dTWU5RMlMyVURDRy4u Do not hesitate to write a comment at the end of the questionnaire, that would help me improving my BSL knowledge. Thank you very much
  24. Hello everyone I hope everyone is doing well. I usually host meeting on Saturday 2pm with various other users on this site. Come and join. A few weeks ago we covered questions and and how to sign them. We went over: whats, whos, wheres, why, etc. After we discussed the questions and tried to figure out how to phrase them I noted them all down. My best friend uses BSL on a day to day basis (scottish bsl) but he has volunteered to aid me and answer any question I have in terms of signing and phrasing. So once we finished our session I had him proof read what we covered and the next session we covered it to provide some sense and understanding to use on our day to day learning BSL. Attached are those notes and questions. Hopefully quality is decent. And you can read my handwriting. If not let me know and I will type it up. Usaid Tariq is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: BSL Meeting Time: Jul 18, 2020 02:00 PM London Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77395693865?pwd=MnFXVlp6NjFGUkkzQ0hYV3h4QjVPdz09 Meeting ID: 773 9569 3865 Passcode: V9bVLn Usaid
  25. https://morecambebayacademy.co.uk/join-us/vacancies/ We are looking for someone with BSL Level 3 or above to become the main teaching assistant for a Year 7 student starting in September. Please see our link if interested.
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