How to learn bsl sign language for free online

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How to learn bsl sign language for free online
Learning British Sign Language can be a fun way to communicate. (Sign Language image by sonya etchison from

British Sign Language, or BSL, is used by deaf people and those who interact with deaf people in the U.K. BSL consists of sign languages involving movements of the body, hands, face and head. If you are interested in learning BSL and you don't have the time to enrol in classes, there are sources that you can turn to online for free.

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  1. 1

    Go to Signpost. Signposts offers interactive learning. For example, you can input a letter or word and a corresponding finger spelling is shown for you to imitate. The site features one the most comprehensive collections of learning resources of BSL.

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    Use BritishSign. This site provides a variety of free materials including finger alphabets and useful day-to-day signs for weather, colours and school. You may also enrol in one of their online courses. Course topics include basic introductions, greetings, family, descriptions, time, money, hobbies, food and drink. If you would like a more comprehensive course then you can sign up for their ultimate beginners package -- a CD-ROM set that costs about £48, as of 2011.

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    Go to DeafSign. This site offers basic signs. It also gives you some basic building blocks for signing, such as how to hold and move your hands. The site also offers some useful tools for learning BSL ,such as an iPhone application, posters, flash cards, a dictionary, a signing book and some games. The site also has a forum in case you would like to meet other people who are learning BSL.

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