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I learned to finger spell when I was 15 so my best friend and I could use it to talk in class without being caught. Many years later, I was able to use it to talk to a deaf lady but was frustrated because it was so slow and I wanted to be able to sign properly. I was fascinated when at events where the speaker was interpreted in BSL. When a deaf man started coming to the church I belong to, several of us had the chance to learn some basic signs so that we could talk to him. This resurrected my desire to learn so I started an online BSL level 1 course and am now attending BSL Level 2 and about to do my assessments.

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