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Hi My name is Amy, I have wanted to learn British sign language ( BSL) for a few years now and i have finally decided to learn. My mum taught me the alphabet when i was in high school and from there i wanted to learn. Also my partners little sister Shannon has down syndrome and i wish to learn BSL to communicate with her and then teach my family and friends.    

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