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    • Hi everyone!...my name is Sarah and I have had a very varied amount of jobs, main jobs include the British Army, and working for two airlines over 11 years!  During flying it got quite robotic so to stimulate my brain I completed a full time degree while I went part time flying, International Studies and Spanish.   I love meeting people and working with people and trying to solve problems or give advice.  While flying I used my Spanish to communicate more with my Spanish passengers and while working in Abu Dhabi for Etihad I had the opportunity to work with MANY different nationalities of many ages, every day was a learning curve and a new experience.  I have always had a desire to learn new things and take myself out of a comfort zone and sign language I think is one of them.  It would be amazing to learn and be able to communicate with those unfortunate enough to have lost or have been born without hearing and to break down a barrier.  I say unfortunate but not in a derogatory way, I feel fortunate to be in good health and nothing yet failing but we all know things can always change and that can feel very scary.  From a quick search on the internet it looks like a level 2 is the general benchmark to aim for, but while the internet can be great for networking for me it sometimes seems like a brick wall and I would rather talk with someone for advice etc (the old fashioned way!) and while there is loads of information on the  net it sometimes feels after hours I have not learnt much more!!  If anyone has any pointers, advice on the best way to get qualified, online vs personal lessons?, I am based in Northamptonshire, if anyone could direct me to a volunteer centre that could assist also with learning sign language, in the meantime I will keep searching on the internet for information too. Many thanks guys Sarah
    • Hello all, Although I have full hearing, I spent two years with a man , from birth, a member of the Deaf Community, he was taught at a residential school in the 60s . The prison regime offered no trained users of BSL, His isolation prompted me to learn. Library books and daily interaction with him over the two years taught me a lot. I acted on his behalf with the regime, letters, everything that involved English language. Some of the more abstract concepts were beyond daily usage. He is not able to use a standard telephone, no mini-com available, the regime gets around equality by "we provide two letters per week free", this to a man who was never taught English. At what level I have acquired I do not know. I am an OAP now and have time enough to pursue more knowledge but unfortunately not the ability to meet course fees. Any ideas welcome. Josh.
    • hi every one i am currently studying for my level 2 exam again if you like to chat im in the room   ve
    • hi every one i am in the forums if any one would like to practise ve  
    •  another day though as think I have to set up a live iPhone video camera?  how does this work please be vet happy to otherwise  Penny 
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