Goals, Learning, Life

BSL Video Series: Alphabet

Let’s start with the alphabet. It’s what I first learnt. Just like with writing, learning the alphabet made it easier down the road when learning words. Letters make the words right. Some word signs are linked to the individual letter signs too.

BSL uses the two-handed¬†fingerspelling. Some other sign languages may use only the one hand. The alphabet is used when the signs are not known for words or there hasn’t been a sign assigned. Like names for example.

TIP: The fingers of the non-dominant hand, so my left, represent the vowels; A E I O U. When these signs are used, I will point my dominant hand, my right to the finger the letter represents.

Last Weeks: Introduction

Up Next Month: Numbers

Goals, Learning, Life

BSL Video Series

Welcome to my Introduction to British Sign Language Series. Over the past year, I have been learning BSL. Learning the basics and being able to start having conversations.

Usually, once I’ve completed some learning if I don’t have it incorporated into my life, it takes a back seat. Some to the point I have forgotten it once I may need it. I didn’t want this to happen with the sign language.

I may not have the need to use sign language in my daily life right now. But I would love to be able to communicate with those who use this method. One day have it within my job role to continue helping people regardless of their communication abilities.

To help me re-cap on what I have learnt and to be able to look back to signs that I don’t use regularly at any point in my life, I decided to make videos. These videos are of me signing what I have learnt. They range from 30 seconds to 2 minutes; depending on the amount within a certain topic.

One of my goals was to share these videos. Being that my blog is now 1 years old and to prove to myself that I can show others what I have accomplished. Building up my courage and confidence in myself and my work. I decided now would be the right time.

Whether learning BSL is something you’ve wanted to do or you just want to watch the videos to see what I have done. Each month, I will be sharing with you a new video.

Let’s begin; here is a video showing the signs that can be done for BSL:

Up Next Month: Alphabet

Goals, Learning, Life

Goal Complete: BSL Intro Course

Just yesterday I was talking about finishing my introductory BSL course by the middle of April. Well, I have passed! I’ve completed one of my goals.

I’ve still many more to go but it feels great to accomplish one. This course doesn’t lead me to a proper, official qualification. But it has confirmed my interest in learning more.

I’ve found that I can do qualifications with a tutor within the County Hall. I’ve emailed for more information, will see what comes back. I’ve no excuse now to not complete the videos¬†series I’m gonna show you.

Goals, Life

End in sight for my BSL

I’ve done more of my BSL. I’ve finished unit 6 and have done my videos for my up-to-date learning.

Right now I’m feeling good about the course, I’m nearing the end. I feel I can finish the course in the next 2 weeks if I really focus on it. With only one more unit to go, then the final assessment I believe this is achievable.

So by the middle of April, I wanna be putting in for my certificate and to continue developing my BSL video blog series. To be viewed by you lovely readers by the end of the year.

From this, I feel positive that there’s an end to things I start. I’m enjoying learning and I’m going out of my comfort zone by doing the videos. I’m trying new things.

Goals, Learning, Life

BSL Goal Update

I’ve felt like I’ve been getting somewhere with a couple of my goals this past week. One of which I feel I could finish soon if I spend a good 2-4 hours on each week.

The goal I’m referring to is my BSL. For a long time, I’ve wanted to learn sign language. During my communication module for my NVQ, there was a link to an online sign language course. With a year access to complete the 7 sessions for ¬£20.

Seeing as that was in my price range, I thought it wouldn’t harm me to sign up for the introductory course. That way I would get an idea of if it was something I wanna continue with.

I’ve loved learning BSL. It’s inspired me to make videos of myself signing what I have learnt.

3 days ago I started lesson 5. Did a couple of videos. Then wrote some ideas for what I could write in my BSL series. I don’t think I spent more than an hour on it.

Today I spent another hour and 1/2 on my learning and videos. Completing lesson 5. I believe doing the videos is helping me learn the signs quicker.

On my At A Glance for the year, I put down to complete BSL in Q2. I feel I’ll do this plus get my BSL videos published on my blog.

I feel there is some light at the end of the tunnel that I’llbe able to cross some goals off my list this year.

Goals, Learning, Life

BSL Videos Coming Soon

I’ve been thinking more about sharing the BSL videos I’ve made. I’ve made them for myself, to aid in my learning. To be able to continue once my course has finished. These videos are helping me and maybe they’ll help others.

I’m not a teacher or certified in BSL. I’m completing an introductory course. I gotta start somewhere. I’ve shared the first video with my friend to get his thoughts. Dave likes them. Will have to see what my friend thinks.

Each video isn’t long. I feel I wanna share them on my blog first until I’ve done them all. Maybe once a week. After that, and allowing my courage to grow, share with a larger audience.

When completing the videos, I do my voice ones then made a muted copy. I’d like to edit them to allow me to type the sign. But I’ve never done that before. I wouldn’t even know where to start.

I’m on the journey to learn. My course finished in July. I think I’d like to start sharing my videos with you by then.

Watch this space.

Goals, Learning, Life, Mental Health

A Little Confidence

A couple of weeks ago I decided to start doing BSL videos of my own to help me with my learning. So that, when I’ve completed the course and my access goes I have something visual to look back at. Refresh my memory.

I had done the alphabet video. After completing I wrote about caring what others thought of me. Doing the video did bring out my lack of self-confidence and anxiety.

I’ve had another go.

I’ve taken the advantage of an empty home to complete all of the videos of the lessons I’ve done so far. I had fun doing them. Even thought of being more enthusiastic about sharing them.

But me being me, the perfectionist wants to do it the right way. I thought maybe to do a little BSL series for when I’ve completed all my own lessons. It’s something to think about.

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