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
Dave and I have tried something new to us; Coconut Water. Let’s just say it’s not for us. Since living together we, or should I say I, have been eating healthier. We’re having proper meals and some include veg. My mum tried to force veg down me last year never mind when I was a kid.
This afternoon finally led me to be able to say I FINISHED MY NVQ!! After 11 months I can now say I have a Level 2 in Health and Social Care. For the past 6 months, I’ve been wishing this to finish so I can move jobs.
As we’re going through with a mortgage I’m still unable to change my job. But I’m more accepting of my circumstances.
A tip for filling out forms; make sure you check you have signed and dated all relevant boxes. Dave and I missed a signature each on our Stamp Duty Tax form. Which meant they posted it back to us to sign.
Thankfully, that is now sorted.
We’re now waiting for my Grandad to go to the solicitors in 3 days time to prove who he is. This is due to my Grandparents gifting us monies that have been included in our disposit. We’ll have to see if we have to do anything more next week.
It’s been a week and a half since the house buying has started. Fingers crossed in a months time we’ll have the keys.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve just gone and done what I said I wouldn’t do. I’ve signed up for another course. This course, however, is a big one. It could potentially help me to become a life coach officially.
How’d I come to signing up for the Ultimate Coach Programme?
By a free webinar. A 90-minute webinar on steps to a coaching class. The further I got into the webinar, the more I felt excited and shakey. The programme wasn’t even mentioned until the last part when the main class had finished.
The positivity I felt, the discounted price with lifetime access and bonus content, live events plus more. I’m excited to start.
My only dilemma is Facebook. One part of the course had Q&As on Facebook. I don’t want to miss out so I have to figure out what I want to do about that. The coach on the programma, CC’d a support into the reply email to ask what I could do regarding Facebook.
A hard conversation with myself needs to be had.