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british sign language (bsl)

british sign language is mostly used in the united kingdom and other british-owned lands such as falklands, virgin islands and gibraltar. variations of british sign language can also be found around the globe, particularly in south africa. the origins of modern british sign language dates back to around 1570, possibly much earlier.

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how do you say madness in british sign language ?

you sign, "crazy."

(to sign crazy, you have a flat had, palm down, and, with the tips of your fingers touching the side of your head, twist your wrist and hand 90 degrees.)

what are the disadvantages of british sign language ?

like any different language some will know it from being young and either deaf, without speach or live with some(or have major contact) with bsl users others will have to learn as a second language.

who invented british sign language ?

records exist of a sign language existing within deaf communities in britain as far back as 1570. british sign language has evolved and improved , as all languages do, from these origins by modification, invention and demand thomas braidwood a teacher from edinburgh founded 'braidwood's academy for the deaf and dumb' in 1760 which is recognised as the first school for the deaf in britain.

why and who uses british sign language ?

deaf and hearing people in the deaf community living in the uk/britain use british sign language or bsl.

sign language is not universal, and that is the type of sign language used in this region. what is easily noticeable about bsl is that two hands are used for the bsl alphabet. other signed languages tend to use one-handed alphabet for manual languages.

is new zealand sign language the same as british sign language ?

it's similar but not completely alike.

new zealand uses a mixture of british, australian, new zealand and maori sign language, and is actually called banzsl british, australian and new zealand sign language).

banzsl is 62.5% similar to british sign language (about the same similarity as german and english.)

what do the british say for 'happy birthday' ?

happy is clapping the hands and smiling (showing happiness) birthday is generally signed as

holding both hands in front of you trouser pocket area with the fingers pointer in down and palms facing your pockets. move the had up in front of you as though presenting somthing - the hand then face upward and fingers pointing the person you talking to

baasics of the signs happyfollowed by baby comes from (birth) gesture. happy birth(day)

is british sign language a skill needed to be able move to new zealand ?

no. firstly, new zealand sign language is used in new zealand, not british sign language. new zealand sign language is one of the 3 official languages of the country, along with english and maori. however, the majority of the population are fluent in english only, with only a basic knowledge of maori (numbers, colours, and words that have entered common new zealand language such as 'hangi', 'tapu', 'tangi'), and no knowledge of sign language.

how many people speak british sign language ?

its estinmated about 673,000 are severely or profoundly deaf; 420,000 of them cannot hear well enough to use a voice telephone

its estimated over 100 thousand

the numbers are not accurate. however, it's expected that in excess of 70, 000 use sign formally and there are many that are users that have not had formal education in sign i.e. at the most senior end of the age scale. these will have learned through family and friends. the numbers using this communication skill are however, increasing as more and more environments see the need to include the use of bsl

what is british sign language ?

british sign language (bsl) is a sign language used in the united kingdom (uk), and is the first or preferred language of some deaf people in the uk.

bsl makes use of space and involves movement of the hands, body, face and head.


written records of sign language in england date back to 1570.

how do you say merry christmas in bsl ?

clap hands together 2 or 3 times then make the sign of a beard with the right hand. the hand clapping symbolises happy, the beard sign is santa

how do you sign love you in british sign language ?

crossing the hand across the chest (centred above the heart )and then point to the person you love with the right hand.

where can you learn british sign language - bsl - online for free ?

please see related links below.

please note that the links given below only explain finger-spelling , not full sign language. finger-spelling is only used for names of people and places.

aside from online courses, some deaf chearities and organisations in the uk, such as the rad and rnid offer free signing courses.

singing courses are also available in most uk colleges for a small fee, you'll even get a nationally recognised qualification for passing a college course in signing.

is british sign language important to learn ?

if you are in britain and either are deaf, mute or must communicate with such people often, then yes. otherwise, there is not much point, since sign language around the world is completel different.

what does the letters bsl stand for nurses ?

bachelor of science in languages.

it also stands for british sign language, which nurses of ear and audiology departments in the uk must know.

why is algebra is considered a language of its own ?

it is its own language, because there are rules you must follow in order for something to make sense. it is just like when you spell or write a sentence. if your grammar is wrong or you mispell a word it wouldn't make sense. that's pretty much how it is in algebra when working with a problem.

is british sign language spoken in ireland ?

british sign languag e is used in northern ireland and by some older deaf people in dublin. but the standard sign language in the republic of ireland is irish sign language , which is not related to british sign language.

contrary to what some people might think, sign languages are usually not related to spoken languages. for example, american sign language is completely unrelated to either irish or british sign language.

how do i say 'i wish i could see you' in british sign language ?

in reality the phrase would be in sign as "i wish i see you". the use of could would not be needed.

therefore the signs would be

point to yourself (i)

using the right hand to make a right hand as though your goung to catch around your throat, pull the hand away from the throat closing the hand (fingers to thumb) (wish)

point to yourself (i)

with the right hand make a "v" pointing to your eyes and then point the "v" to the person you want to see (see you)

what is the biggest difference between british sign language and american sign language ?

it would be easier to list what is not different than to list all of the things that are different. the two languages are completely different. i am an asl interpreter, and when i watch a person signing bsl (british sign language) i have no idea what they are saying.

what is difference between german and english sign language ?

different countries use a range of signs that are similar however, there is specific differnces in signs as each country developed its own.

what is the british sign language sign for god ?

most will use the following

point wih the right hand to the sky (heaven)