My name is Amy and I'm new to BSL. I have no real knowledge of how to sign but I am pushing to learn as quickly as possible.
Due to my previous career working in a very loud environment for HM Armed Forces I have got acute hearing loss in my left ear which is accompanied by persistent unilateral tinnitus on the same side. This has resulted in me getting very frequent Audio and Photo sensitive migraines. I have been told by the doctors that my hearing will only keep deteriorating, and is has even within the last 6 months. I still have good hearing with my right ear, however I am extremely worried about losing it too and so I have decided to learn BSL.
Even with the hearing I have, I find I get very overwhelmed by noise, especially multiple sources, which leaves me disoriented..
Thats a little about me!
A carpool karaoke lip sync video in support of World Down Syndrome Day features 50 mums and their children singing along to Christina Perri's multi-platinum selling track, "A Thousand Years". The mums are all part of a Facebook group known as "Designer Genes" created for parents who have a child with Down’s Syndrome born in 2013/14. They got together to show the world just how ordinary and fun life with the condition is and how they "Wouldn't Change a Thing". The video was originally inspired by Singing Hands - a UK organisation who's videos have helped many in the group learn Makaton for supporting their children’s communication development. Makaton is designed to help hearing people with learning or communication difficulties using signs, symbols alongside speech. With thanks to the artist Christina Perri for her support and Singing Hands for the original concept.
Sorry, it's so difficult to get people here at the same time. I drop in when I can but never see anyone in the chat areas so I am using resources online to practice. Life kinda gets in the way....
One good website I have found is http://www.mybslbooks.com
Signed children's story books and it is free!
A bit about me: I'm 27. I have been studying BSL on my own for just under two months. My vocabulary is about 325 words + the alphabet. I would love to take a public class to further my skills (especially grammar!), but here's the catch: I live in japan!
So I'm looking for someone who has advanced level BSL to meet with once a week over Skype for lessons. I am more than happy to pay for the private tutoring.
Would anyone here be interested in this, or know of a resource to find an online tutor? Japan and UK timezones match up so that we could meet in the UK-morning/Japan-evening.