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I am learning British sign language because I believe it will be handy for when I am older as I hope to work in the health and social care sector and it will also help me communicate with my cousin who has a speech impediment and is learning British sign language instead of talking as he is getting picked on a school. I am also doing this so he dose not feel so alone while learning. 

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