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Updated: Feb 5, 2019
BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE - The Alphabet.
As you know I speak. This is thanks to my amazing parents and the speech therapist I had as a youngster. I did not start talking properly till I was about 7 or 8 years old. Even to this day I need some help with my speech as I cannot hear my own voice. Yes, even with my implant. That is just the way I am . There are times when I am so nervous that I talk so quietly that people have to lean in to hear me. There are also times when I am a little excited or animated that I get louder and louder without realising and I have to be told to quieten down!!! He he he ...
I use spoken English with the aid of British Sign language. British Sign Language is a language in its own right.
British Sign Language is the standard form of communication for the Deaf community in the United Kingdom. It’s as rich and complex a language as any other, and just like with any other language you need at least the basics to get by.
This is the alphabet. The alphabet is probably one of the most important tools you will use when using sign language. If you are right handed then I call this the dominant hand which does all the pointing etc. Your left hand is the platform for the alphabet. You need to do the opposite if you are left handed.
Here is a clip of me demonstrating the alphabet ....
Video Clip to be added
Now test yourself. Can you finger spell your name? As you get better at doing this, you need to mouth your name as you are spelling it out. Or spell it first (do not mouth the letters - this is irritating) and then mouth your name after you have spelt it.
Now open a book or a dictionary - and spell some random words. You will get better with more practice!
If you have any questions - please ask.
Take care, speak soon. x