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  1. Hello all, My name is Maria and I have just started to learn BSL. I started learning when i was a teenager but had to stop due to other commitments but I always had the intention to come back to this. I would like to be able to make connections to other people who use BSL - I have a firm belief that in order to fully engage and a learn any language its important to have someone you can practice and learn with. Thank you for reading this and good luck to everyone who is just starting ๐Ÿ™‚
  2. Hello, I am on my 3rd lesson of BSL and I'm really enjoying it. I've always wanted to learn sign language, and being on lockdown has made me have the time to start this course.
  3. Hey, my name is Niamh and I've been trying to learn BSL for a few years now. I really need help with expanding my vocabulary, recognising sign and using the correct sentence structure. I hope I can find help on this website!
  4. Good afternoon, my name is Tori and i am training to be an Operating Department Practitioner, currently in my second year. With the current pandemic, despite working within the hospitals, i found myself with much more free time and I would like to be able to be a British Sign Language interpreter within theatres once i qualify. Although anyone is welcome to bring their interpreters to theatre, they often dont and rely solely on lip reading and theatre is daunting enough for people without the added difficulty of trying to read 5 pairs of lips at once. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated thanks in advance
  5. Hey Folx! My name's Blake, He/Him, and I've just started properly learning BSL. I've known odd bits and pieces for a long time like finger spelling, basic introductions and random words since I'm an early years educator and have picked up pieces from children and parents. I've been looking for a local course to participate with for a while, but I have anxiety and a limited budget, so i'm now learning online and it seems to be going really well so far. I'm currently a Primary Teaching student; i'm hoping to learn in order to help the children/parents/carers I interact with as well as the D/deaf community (and myself whenever that anxiety hits).
  6. Hello! My name is Amy and I live in the North West. I have always wanted to learn sign language (sounds so clichรฉ, but true) from a young age. I actually learnt how to fingerspell the alphabet in primary school and I have never forgotten it. I've said to myself for ages that I must try and find a course and also enquired in work (I'm a receptionist in a GP Surgery) but unfortunately due to lockdown that has all been put on hold. So I thought I would try and find a course in the meantime that I could do that would give me a good head start and foundation if work do find me a course to go on too. I've just completed the third assessment and I am loving it! It's everything I wanted it to be! I'm looking forward to completing the course and starting to put it into practice, it's also going to be an amazing tool to help at work too! It would be great to meet some more of you lovely people who are at the beginning of your journey and chat, maybe even make some friends and practice BSL! Hope to hear back from at least someone! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Stay safe โœŒ๏ธ Amy
  7. i work in a Primary school and have always know a few basic makaton signs but i wanted to learn sign language. It's something i've always wanted to learn but never seemed to have the time
  8. Hi everyone , My Names Vinnie 34 male from Dublin Ireland but living and working in the Uk for over 11 Years now. I'm learning BSL during lock down as I've loads of time to spare and i cant get enough of it. I already speak French and I was looking to add another language to my pile. I chose BSL for a number of reasons, I did know a bit of ISL (Irish sign language) but had no needs for it being in the UK, as I now class the UK as my home so it's BSL time. I work in Airline industry and I've had a number of encounters with deaf people which kinda embarrassed me for not knowing how to at least communicate in the most basic of manners. This is my main reason for wanting to learn it. I'm so open to meeting people from all walks of life and i would hate to miss out on meeting anyone just because i didn't speak their language. I personally think Sign Language should be something we all learn in school, even if its just the basics. I'm getting stuck in and learning as much as i can, online course. researching, trying to help my learning with sign-along songs etc some can be found on my tiktok @crackedupcrew. This really helped me with my muscle memory with signing. I'm still learning so there are mistakes. I would love to meet other people who are learning, or Deaf people who want to communicate with the hearing community. My goal is to be able to communicate with any deaf person and to learn about the deaf culture. Vinnie ๐Ÿ‘‹
  9. Hi, my name is Jemma and I have always wanted to learn how to sign properly. I have picked up a few bits and bobs over the years but never done it all properly! Now was the perfect time to boost my knowledge and learn this very useful language since I have a bit more time on my hands. I currently work as a pupil support assistant and am looking to eventually become a teacher. I enjoy working with children with additional support needs and use basic makaton to communicate with them at the moment...Another language I would love to learn properly!
  10. Hi all, My name is Angel and I am here to learn a new language and add to my skills. I am proficient in a few languages already, and BSL was one that I really wanted to learn as well. As wth all new languages, I find it so intersting as it comes with so many interesting facts. I am excited to continue on this wonderful journey. I am currently working at a privae medical practice in London's medical hub in Harley Street, and hopefully this new language will be useful for me in the future (and I am sure it will be). Anyway, I don't want to ramble on. x
  11. Hello my name is Mingma. I have started learning sign language to be able to better communicate with my deaf friends
  12. Hi there! My name is Paige, I am a nineteen year old student and I am currently learning BSL online during this corona virus lock down period. I would love to get the chance to practice and develop my skills alongside you through video calls where we can practice what we know and even discuss issues or new ways of learning BSL. I can be a little shy at first, so please excuse me if I am a little quiet. I am excited to begin this journey with you!
  13. Hi guys I briefly began to learn BSL when I was about 12 or 13 and I have always been fascinated to learn more. 10 years later and I am learning BSL as a full-time hobby and, hopefully, I can find something (i.e. a career or voluntary work) where I can begin to use it in day-to-day life. I am really enjoying the course so far and look forward to completing my Level 1 this year.
  14. Hi, I'm learning BSL as I have been loosing my hearing for the past 2 years and am feeling a bit left out of the speaking community I grew up in. I learned to lip read sub consciously and out of necessity, but I still feel left out in crowds and while trying to talk to people while outside with lots of noise. I just want to feel included but I'm scared as none of my friends sign or feel the need to learn! Sorry, didn't want to be a downer! Am having lots of fun learning though!
  15. Hi everyone. My name is Darryl and I work and live in Bangor, Northern Ireland. Although i had a deaf friend during my teenager years, he was a fantastic lip reader, so we rarely had to sign and the signs he did show me, were generally curse signs. Forward to the present day and nearly twenty old years later and i have always wanted to learn BSL and now have the means and financial ability to do so. My background is Mental health and Learning disability services but two years ago, i 'retired' and went into self employment as a Hypnotherapist / Counsellor as well as a Hypnobirthing practitioner . I also teach hypnotherapy in a local university for a national teaching organisation. So by learning BSL, as well as personal achievement, it may also help me in my working life as I have supported couples during pregnancy that have hearing difficulties. Thanks for reading.
  16. Hello, Last year I enjoyed the online course for BSL and since have continued to be fascinated by this beautiful language. At the moment I'm watching Youtube videos of pop songs being signed, to increase my vocabulary - it's a lot of fun! I'm trying to learn "Can't Stop The Feeling" but it is very fast and I'm literally getting my fingers in a twist! I have disabilities myself, though none to do with hearing loss, and therefore understand somewhat of what it is to be one of the worlds minorities. (Though it is hard to compare this to the uniqueness of Deaf culture.) As well as enjoying signing, I want to learn about customs, correct phrases etc, so please correct me if I write anything wrong. Thanks, Ellen *waves*
  17. Hi, I am Angela. I have always been fascinated by sign language and attended a beginners class several years ago. More recently I have successfully completed a Makaton class to help support children with additional needs at a special school, but don't get to use it much as I am also a full-time student. I love the idea of this website and hope to be a regular member. Thanks for reading.
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