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Sign Language?

Here are a number of videos that will give you an introduction to sign language 
Class one

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. 


Understanding Syntax

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. 


EXAMPLE 1

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:

1.Timeline (yesterday)

2.Location (your garden)

3.Object (tree)

4.Subject (black cat)

5.Verb (climb) -  (the action, the doing bit of the sentence)

6.Question (why)

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.


Words like…….

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.


Vocabulary 

You

Him 

                       Her                        

I

Mine 

yours 

theirs       

ours

Who

What

Where 

When

Why

Because

Name

Old

Age

      Home,     

     Please,    


Age

      Home,     

     Please, 

Thank you.

Work

Retired 

Poor

Stupid 

Clever

Lazy

Food, breakfast, lunch, dinner. To eat.

Sign language

Deaf

Hearing

Manchester

Live

From

How are you? I am well thanks.

Good morning. Afternoon, night

Homework week 1


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.

Class Two

This week's vocabulary is below, keep on practicing!  It will all begin to make sense eventually!

Vocabulary week 2

Morning

Day

Start

Welcome

Your name what?

Name

You live where?

Change

Job / Work

Doing

Slowly

New

Old

Learn / Teach

Finished

Practise

How many

Scotland

Language

Again

Hearing

Deaf

Today / now

Yesterday

Tomorrow

Future

1 week / 2weeks time

2 weeks ago 

Afternoon

Evening

Night

Hi / Hello

Help

Communicate

Interpret

Start

Stop

Which

Time

Skill

Hope

Information

How

English

Ireland

Wales

Which 

In 1 year

1 year ago

Month

Sorry

Doubt

Coffee tea milk black

Live 

End

Last

Homework

Class Three

Vocabulary

May - May

June - j

July - July

August - AUG

September SEPT

October - OCT

Novvember - NOV

December -DEC

Question

How many

How much

Timeline

Before

Past

Year

Month

Early

Late

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday


Above is the Homework video for week 3


Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Monday

January - Jan

February – Feb

March -MCH

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

Must go

See you again

See you later

Class Four

Vocabulary

Work

Wood

Sea

Rain

Sun

Hot

Cold

Improving

Important

Thing

Over there (odd one this)

Thirsty/dry

Dead

Kill/cruel

Martyr

Some/sometimes/sometimes

Time

Birthday

Christmas

Easter

Bless/bless

Strong

Ill/sick

Interpreter

Another/again

Copy/example

 help

 Phrases for you to practice

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

Class Five

Vocabulary for this week, only a few.

Coach

Train

Bus

Car

Walk

Run

Bicycle

Motor Bike 

Class Six

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