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BSL British Sign Language

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BSL British Sign Language

Beitrag von RedAngel666 » 15. Jan 2019, 21:19

Hey guys,

I don't speak BSL or English fluently (as I want), I'm just interested and fascinated by Sign Language. Because my learning focus in English is on British English I discovered BSL for me.

ASL is in my experience the most popular Sign Language in the common sources like youtube but with a little verve you can find others, too. That's what I did and I thought, maybe here are other members who are interested to get involved with this wonderful language. So here are the sources I found.

Ah! For the people who are confused now why there could be a difference between sign languages: Linguists consider both spoken and signed communication to be types of natural language, meaning that both emerged through an abstract, protracted aging process and evolved over time without meticulous planning. It is unclear how many sign languages currently exist worldwide. (from Wikipedia^^). Talking about Wiki, here's the link about BSL https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Sign_Language

Here are sites and youtube channels about BSL Let's start with dictionaries.

BSL Dictionarys

Spreading the sign
- an international sign language dictionary; BSL is available.

British Sign Language Dictionary

BSL SignBank
http://bslsignbank.ucl.ac.uk/ - sign in the different uk dialects are available under 'regional signs'


This site is not for absolute beginners. Please try to learn the basic signs first.

Signworld Lesson1 for free
https://www.signworldlearn.com/learners ... /stories/1

Signworld Fingerspelling
https://www.signworldlearn.com/learners ... erspelling
A real good Introduction to fingerspelling and how it's used in real life.

For the nerds among you and the people who want to know how to sign 'internet'

British Sign Language Corpus Project


Abby signs for ablsulute beginners

57davison a great collection of signs for level1
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0sXWx ... Z4K-nCrm1Q

Commanding Hands great collection of signs for level1 and colloquial speech
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXxKBE ... rdYgaytyGA

Jessica Kellgren-Fozard doesn't sign strictly BSL but her clips are funny and informative
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDdi0y ... zYXaIACnuA

Videojug british sign language to link them is a little problematical. Type in the youtube search Videojug british sign language to find their clips.
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_ ... n+language

further interesting youtube links:

Exeter Deaf Academy
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCKx90 ... MT2kOX2bGw

School of Sign Language
https://www.youtube.com/user/seentobehe ... d/featured

Learn BSL The Easy Way! by Sonia Hollis

British Sign Language - A Beginner's Vocabulary

Memrise Course

https://www.memrise.com/course/1594874/ ... -pronouns/

https://www.memrise.com/course/1594874/ ... -pronouns/

I hope this is a good entrance for you if you are interested in BSL.

best regards, Angel
„Nehmen Sie die Menschen wie sie sind, andere gibt's nicht.“
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Re: BSL British Sign Language

Beitrag von slam » 8. Feb 2019, 06:06

Lieber Freundin Angel,

Warum interessierst du dich für BSL und nicht für American Sign Language?

Gibt es eine universelle Zeichensprache?

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,
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Re: BSL British Sign Language

Beitrag von RedAngel666 » 14. Feb 2019, 21:49

Hi Susan,

hm, good question! At school we learned so called Oxford English (British English) and I stuck to it more or less. Of course I know a lot of American words and expressions. Another reason is maybe, the alphabet is easier :mrgreen: . No, just a joke.
Gibt es eine universelle Zeichensprache?
No! Sign Language is as diverse as any other language. Countries have their own language and even between countries with similar languages there are hugh differences German and Austrian SL are different and English speaking countries have SLs for New Zealand, America, Great Britain, Ireland, Indian English, Scottish and Canadian :o . Each Sign Language has also its dialects and accents. It is as complicated as with spoken languages :geek:

best regards, Angel
„Nehmen Sie die Menschen wie sie sind, andere gibt's nicht.“
Konrad Adenauer