Introduction to BSL
Review videos of what we learned in class!

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.


Also. Go to the web site where you will find things to practice.  Sentences will be signed with no voice over, see if you can work out what is being signed.



Stpatricksliveseyst.com

Click on Intro to BSL button at top of the page


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Class 2  intro to BSL

This weeks vocabularty 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

Next week I would like you to pair up and to hold a small conversation where you introduce yourselves to each other, and tell the other person a little about yourselves.  This is of course made up of the vocabulary you have learned so far, so you need to practice, practice, practice!
Also, I do not want you to use your voices during this conversation.

Class 3

Review of what we learned in lesson 1.

Review of what we learned in lesson 2.

 

 

We talked about syntax and the difference in sentence construction between English and BSL.

 

Consider this sentence: -

 

In English -    ‘Why was the black cat climbing the tree in your garden yesterday?’.

 

In BSL      -    ‘Yesterday your garden tree black cat climb why?’.

 

 

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)

 

Also, remember that the conjunctives are left out.    (But, and, if, so.)


Vocabulary

May - May

June - j

July - July

August - AUG

September SEPT

October - OCT

Novvember - NOV

December -DEC


Here is the reference video for week three, Enjoy, and keep practicing. 

Text Box: May - May
June - j
July - July
August - AUG
September SEPT
October - OCT
Novvember - NOV
December -DEC
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

Question

How many

How much

Timeline

Before

Past

Year

Month

Early

Late

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Monday

January - Jan

February – Feb

March -MCH

April - APL


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