Hi there. I'm Amy and I'm brand new to BSL, I'm currently going to weekly Level 1 classes. I already knew the alphabet as my Nana had a poster of the signs in her house but I've been wanting to learn BSL properly for most of my life really. I have only now been able to afford classes. My Nana is hard of hearing (80% deaf in one ear and 50% deaf in the other), and my dad is starting to lose his hearing more too. So mostly I'd like to learn it for them as my Nana knows some BSL and since starting this course my dad has said he's going to go on a course too. My hearing isn't great either, it's only gonna get worse, and I'm on the autistic spectrum so sometimes I feel non-verbal so I'm hoping BSL will help me in that aspect too. Anyway I've waffled for long enough. Nice to meet y'all.
Hello! My name is Cecylia and I'm a doctor, trying to learn BSL in my spare time. I've learned the basics of ASL but since moving to the UK, I've had to start from scratch - but well worth the effort. I hope to be able to communicate with my patients without the use of an interpreter in the near future!
I'm a newbie to BSL and have been trying my hardest to my best. I started learning BSL because I have a non-verbal cousin who uses BSL, and I just want to talk to him really. It also should help me become a better teaching assistant.
I have always been interested in learning to sign, but became really dedicated to learning BSL properly when I met my partner who is deaf; although she communicates really well verbally she also likes to use BSL alongside this, and sometimes this is an easier way for us to communicate depending what setting were in/noise levels etc. As well as this my partner has a lot of deaf friends who all use BSL, so through starting this course it enables me to communicate with them a lot better and understand what's being said in conversations, although I'm still getting used to how fast some people sign! I am also starting a Nursing degree soon, so feel being able to sign would be beneficial for my career and for supporting/ interpreting for those that do have a hearing impairment
I am a teacher in Malawi. My drama club is rehearsing “The Comedy of Errors” for a Shakespeare festival at the end of the month. A Deaf school is taking part so we had the idea of incorporating SSE into our performance to be inclusive. As I have wanted to learn Sign Language for a while now, I thought it was the best opportunity to get started.
As far as I know, Malawi’s uses a form of BSL. So I am doing the online course with British-Sign.
Several students have taken to it extremely well and I have been asked to start a Sign Language club next term.
Any advice on using BSL in a dramatic production would be appreciated.
I learnt to finger spell at school as a kid and have always wanted to learn sign language. I’m now a teacher and have taught my class to fingerspell and a few signs. They want to learn more so it seemed like the right time to start learning properly. Looking forward to being able to practice with someone else other than myself in the mirror.