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Arrow Sign Language - March 23rd 2010, 07:13 PM

Before i start i assumed this would be the right thread to post this in however if not i would appreciate someone moving it to the right one...

So i've been throwing the idea around in my head for a while that i want to learn BSL (British Sign Lang) I just wondered if anyone had any experience that they could help me with.

At the moment i'm training to be an Outdoor Instructor and want to work in the future with disabled children in the outdoors helping them gain life changing experiences.. I think that if i can explain something in sign language to a deaf person that this will heighten their experience even more...

Even if its just a website link that would be appreciated..

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Re: Sign Language - March 23rd 2010, 07:17 PM

If you google British Sign Language some sites will come up.

I did level 1 last year and level 2 prep this year. What would you like to know?

I enjoyed it a lot, met some great people and love sign language. I couldn't keep going to level 2 course because it demanded 3 nights a week and 1 saturday every month, and I'm still doing A Levels so couldn't commit to that.

It's defintley a good idea, but be aware that to get to the level where you would be able to explain things to a deaf child you would have to do at least level 2, probably level 3, and the time commitment and cost go up with each level.


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Re: Sign Language - March 23rd 2010, 07:20 PM

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If you google British Sign Language some sites will come up.

I did level 1 last year and level 2 prep this year. What would you like to know?

I enjoyed it a lot, met some great people and love sign language. I couldn't keep going to level 2 course because it demanded 3 nights a week and 1 saturday every month, and I'm still doing A Levels so couldn't commit to that.

It's defintley a good idea, but be aware that to get to the level where you would be able to explain things to a deaf child you would have to do at least level 2, probably level 3, and the time commitment and cost go up with each level.
That sounds brill.. Im not bothered about the level of time i need to put into it. I'm a full time student but at the moment that consists of 2 days a week lectures the rest of the time i'm free.

So if i were to type that into google say would i be able to find a way of being able to enrol on a course or something?

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Re: Sign Language - March 23rd 2010, 07:24 PM

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That sounds brill.. Im not bothered about the level of time i need to put into it. I'm a full time student but at the moment that consists of 2 days a week lectures the rest of the time i'm free.

So if i were to type that into google say would i be able to find a way of being able to enrol on a course or something?

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I would google "adult learning centre in *your city*"
thats where I did mine


Oh! I forgot, you'll have to do an introductory course into sign language too.
And I'd assume all the new courses won't start until September.
but the introductory course is roughly 8 weeks and feeds straight into the level 1 course (provided you pass the exam)


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Re: Sign Language - March 23rd 2010, 07:25 PM

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I would google "adult learning centre in *your city*"
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Re: Sign Language - March 23rd 2010, 07:26 PM

No worries. I forgot to mention I didn't find level 1 hard to juggle with full time education, only level 2


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Re: Sign Language - March 23rd 2010, 07:44 PM

This is a great website for finding an approved centre near you...
http://www.cacdp.org.uk/portal/centre_finder

I am looking at doing BSL 1 too. I am waiting to get the money though as none of my local centres do it for free. At the moment I am learning basic signs from books, my boyfriend and his deaf sister.
   
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Re: Sign Language - March 23rd 2010, 09:00 PM

I know ASL, and I love it more than english. Do it ^^
   
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Re: Sign Language - March 23rd 2010, 11:18 PM

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This is a great website for finding an approved centre near you...
http://www.cacdp.org.uk/portal/centre_finder

I am looking at doing BSL 1 too. I am waiting to get the money though as none of my local centres do it for free. At the moment I am learning basic signs from books, my boyfriend and his deaf sister.
Thanks for the website!
I know the basics as i was taught the alphabet and simple words by a partly deaf teacher i had last year.. so hopefully when i get my student loan together i can apply for a course
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Re: Sign Language - March 23rd 2010, 11:56 PM

Hey there..

When I was in school I joined this thing called the 'sign language club', and it was a place for younger students to learn sign language.

I still know it somewhat, not like really well, but I know some simple words. I believe that everyone should learn sign language because it's definitely a great thing to know. At my job, I work with customers everyday, and about 1/5 of them are deaf. So I use my small knowledge of sign language at work.

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Re: Sign Language - March 24th 2010, 12:17 AM

I used to know a lot of sign language when i was younger. Seems to have all escaped my mind.
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Re: Sign Language - March 24th 2010, 12:44 AM

Sign language is so useful, I learnt it because my cousin is deaf and knew it seems I remember. I don’t know if British Sign Language and American Sign Language are the same thing but if they are this website is useful it even has some forums http://www.handspeak.com/
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Re: Sign Language - March 24th 2010, 09:00 AM

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Thanks for the website!
I know the basics as i was taught the alphabet and simple words by a partly deaf teacher i had last year.. so hopefully when i get my student loan together i can apply for a course
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I plan on using my student loan too, I am quite happy to be using it for something useful

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Sign language is so useful, I learnt it because my cousin is deaf and knew it seems I remember. I don’t know if British Sign Language and American Sign Language are the same thing but if they are this website is useful it even has some forums http://www.handspeak.com/
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ASL is totally different to BSL. MY boyfriends sister got so angry in Disneyworld because she kept getting spoke at in ASL and she couldn't understand any of it and she got really frustrated and upset. It is like if someone start speaking Italian to me I wouldn't have a clue.

She get frustrated going on holiday in the UK too as there are different dialects of BSL throughout the country, they have friends in Wales and although they speak in BSL some bits are different, it is like different accents in sign language.

So be careful with what you learn when using books or online, make sure it is BSL. The difference is usually pretty obvious, ASL uses 1 hand for the most part BSL mostly uses 2.
   
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Re: Sign Language - March 24th 2010, 09:02 AM

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I plan on using my student loan too, I am quite happy to be using it for something useful
thats what student loans are for right!!
haha i found a course now just hopefully it will follow through and i will get the money for it...
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Re: Sign Language - March 26th 2010, 05:02 AM

I've learned a bit of American Sign Language, and it is awesome. I actually met a deaf person once and was able to talk with her. You should totally go for it, it is a great experience.


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Re: Sign Language - March 26th 2010, 06:23 AM

I love being able to use BSL - it comes in really handy when new neighbours are deaf!

There are lots of different sites out there that have signs and things - just remember that BSL is slightly different to ASL, so make sure you either search UK sites or put in BSL sign ... My next one to learn (after I get my head round Dutch) is Universal sign ... should be fun ...

my tip for anyone who is learning sign ... facial expressions are very important, for example, the signs for "What?" and "person" are very similar, if not the same, the only difference is the expressions you use ... again "why?" and "nervous" are another good example of this ...

If you need any help or have any questions feel free to give me a PM

This could be a useful website for you - http://www.britishsignlanguage.com/ I still use it occasionally when I need to remember a sign for something!


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Re: Sign Language - March 28th 2010, 12:15 AM

I'm partially hard of hearing and I've known sign language for almost 10 years. I have deaf friends, most of them I still keep in contact with. It's such a great experience, learning about it, deaf cultures, everything!. I've learned a lot from it.You'll have so mucho fun! :]
I'm also considering becoming a interpreter for the deaf sometimes in the near future,probably working with kids because I love them and they're precious.


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