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.
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.
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.
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.
Food, breakfast, lunch, dinner. To eat.
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.
Click on Intro to BSL button at top of the page
We talked about syntax and the difference in sentence construction between English and BSL.
May - May
June - j
July - July
August - AUG
October - OCT
Novvember - NOV
January - Jan
February – Feb
April - APL
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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
See you again
See you later