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


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



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 4
Sorry this upload is a little late.....I forgot to do it!!


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
Please keep practicing -- If you have any questions please see me in class, if you are using these videos and not attending class here, you can ask your questions via email REVJIMCLARKE@YAHOO.CO.UK - always glad to help
9 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

Homework
Come up with 8 phrases, like those above that you can sign.  Practice them, and next week I will pair you up so you can try and see if you can sign them and the other person can understand them.


BSL Class 5
Vocabulary for this week, only a few.
Coach
Train
Bus
Car
Walk
Run
Bicycle
Motor Bike 

No Homework this week! only to practice.
Next week I will hand out a number of sentences for you to sign to one another, so you have to sign the sentence and also will have to read them back, so working on your receptive skills.
you need to press watch this video on youtube.

Class 6

The class this week consisted of short sentences that had to be both signed and received (read back).  The video to the left are a few more short sentences for you to practice your receptive skills.
Have fun  -  Keep practising