British Sign Language Level 1

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This course is designed for those interested to learn the basics of the British sign language.

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About This CourseBeginner

British Sign Language or BSL is the name of the sign language which is used in England and the United Kingdom. It is the first language of approximately 150,000 deaf people in the British Isles.

There are also many thousands of people who are not deaf who use the BSL such as:

  • Employers of deaf people
  • Relatives of deaf people
  • Friends of deaf people
  • Interpreters

BSL is a visual gestural language without a conventional written form which has its own grammar utilizing facial expressions (non-manual features), hand shapes and upper body movements to convey meaning.

BSL is a spatial and visual language and a lot of beginners think it is similar to mime (which it is not).

Even though Britain and the USA speak English as the first language of their respective countries, British Sign Language is different to American Sign Language, also known as ASL. It is also the same difference with BSL and Irish Sign Language (ISL) and Northern Island Sign Language (NISL).

This fact demonstrates that even though these countries have English as the first language, the sign language used varies from country to country.

Just as in the English language, British Sign Language also has regional dialects. As an example, some signs used in the Northern parts of England may be different in the South of the country and vice versa. Within some regions, you will also find ‘local signs’ that can be classed as slang. And just like local slang in any town or city, new phrases and words come in and out of fashion or just evolve over time.

British Sign Language users successfully campaigned the government of the United Kingdom and made BSL into an officially recognized British Language back in March 2003. British Sign Language is now recognized on the same level as other languages of the United Kingdom such as Scottish, Welsh, and Gaelic.

Throughout the videos in this series, you will find demonstrations of how to formulate the signs and there will be sections with and without text. This is going to be useful for you so that you can see how you are progressing. And as you go further and further through the series, you will find that you are able to understand the signs that are without text.

 

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Course Curriculum

Course Sections

Introduction

Alphabet With Voice

Alphabet No Voice

Fingerspelling Test

Fingerspelling Replay

Names Test

Names Replay

Greetings

Greetings Without Voice

Family Vocabulary

Family Vocabulary Test Your Memory

Question Forms

Question Forms Test Your Memory

Family Story Test

Family Story Recap

Rooms In The House Vocab

Kitchen Vocabulary

Bathroom Vocabulary

Bedroom Vocabulary

Living Room And Dining Room Vocabulary

Study Vocabulary

Utility Room Vocabulary

Garden Vocabulary

Colors

Colors Test Yourself

Questions And Statements About Home Test

Questions And Statements About The Home Replay

Animal Vocabulary

Animal Vocab Replay Test Your Knowledge

Short Animal Story

Short Animal Story Replay

Animal And Pet Questions

Animal And Pet Questions Replay

Numbers 1-30

Numbers 1-30 Replay Without Voice

Numbers 10’s, 100’s

Numbers 10’s, 100’s Replay Without Voice

Mixed Number Test

Mixed Number Test Replay

Money £1 – £20

Money £1 – £20 Replay

Mixed Money Test

Mixed Money Test Replay

Time 1 O’clock To 12 O’clock

Days Of The Week

Months Of The Year

Time Periods

Time Periods Replay

Describing Ages

Describing Ages Replay

Number And Ages Phrase Test Without Voice

Number And Ages Phrase Test Replay With Voice

Mixed Time, Ages And Money Test Without Voice

Mixed Time, Ages, And Money Test Replay With Voice

Weather Vocabulary

Weather Vocab Without Voice

Weather Phrase Test Without Voice

Weather Phrase Test Replay With Voice

Transport Vocabulary

Transport Vocabulary Without Subtitles

Transport Phrases Without Subtitles

Transport Phrases Replay With Subtitles

Directions Vocabulary

Directions Vocabulary Without Subtitles

Directions Vocabulary Without Subtitles

Direction Phrases Replay With Subtitles

Hobbies Vocabulary

Hobbies Vocabulary Without Subtitles

Hobbies Phrases Test

Hobbies Phrases Replay With Subtitles

Work Vocabulary

Work Vocabulary Without Subtitles

Work Phrases Test

Work Phrases Replay With Subtitles

Food And Drink Vocabulary

Food And Drink Without Subtitles

Food And Drink Phrases Without Subtitles

Food And Drink Phrases Replay With Subtitles

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  1. Mayur Vadher says:

    British Sign Language Level 1
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