I have decided to add the note and the handouts I gave in Class
anyone who missed class one or is using the video as a guide to your own learning, I hope these are useful.
This is the most important thing you will learn.
BSL differs in sentence structure to English
Native English speakers.
One of the things that people struggle to understand when learning BSL is how the word ordering differs from English.
Consider this sentence: -
‘Why was the black cat climbing the tree in your garden yesterday?’.
In BSL this would be as follows………
‘Yesterday your garden tree black cat climb why?’. In BSL, words are normally ordered as follows:
2.Location (your garden)
4.Subject (black cat)
5.Verb (climb) - (the action, the doing bit of the sentence)
If you can learn these six words in correct order, you are on your way to learning BSL, because this is always the sentence structure used.
But, and, if, so, which in English we use as conjunctives to join words together to make the sentence flow, are not normally used in BSL.
The easiest way to remember this, is to think of BSL as a short cut. You can remove all the unnecessary words that we use in English. This works in BSL because it is a visual language, it relies not only on hand gestures but on body language and facial expressions.
Food, breakfast, lunch, dinner. To eat.
How are you? I am well thanks.
Good morning. Afternoon, night
My name is ------------ ------------- and I am from -----------------
You must practice this until you can sign it without thinking, or while you are saying something else!! It is harder than it looks.
This week's vocabulary is below, keep on practicing! It will all begin to make sense eventually!
Vocabulary week 2
Your name what?
You live where?
Job / Work
Learn / Teach
Today / now
1 week / 2weeks time
2 weeks ago
Hi / Hello
In 1 year
1 year ago
Coffee tea milk black
May - May
June - j
July - July
August - AUG
October - OCT
Novvember - NOV
Above is the Homework video for week 3
January - Jan
February – Feb
April - APL
(Numbers) - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Nice to meet you
See you tomorrow
Can I help you
Do you want me to help you?
Say that again please
Sorry again please
Sorry I cannot understand
Have to / must
See you again
See you later
Over there (odd one this)
1 When is your birthday?
2 Do you like watching TV?
3 I am looking forward to my holidays
4 I spend too long on the internet
5 I think my children are clever
6 I love to watch football, my team is Manchester City
7 In the future I want to become a photographer
8 Yesterday I went to see my friend in hospital, he was very sick.
9 I want a dog but they are a lot of work
Vocabulary for this week, only a few.
The class this week consisted of short sentences that had to be both signed and received (read back). The video above a few more short sentences for you to practice your receptive skills. Have fun - Keep practicing