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Learn Sign Language

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Most people that I meet want to learn some, and it’s been that way ever since I can remember.

Make friends with lots of cool people

Loads of cool people sign and if you can’t sign, you can’t talk to them unless you’re prepared to pay for an interpreter or write everything down. There is an awesome section of society out there that you’ll never know about. Don’t let it happen.

Become a body language expert and read everybody like a book

Like most things in life, the more you do something, the better you get at it and that’s no different for sign language. As we now know, much of sign language is based on body language and sometimes very subtle facial expressions. After lots of time spent in joyus sign language conversations, you might find yourself being able to instinctively work out what other people are thinking or feeling – just by looking at them! You’ll get tuned into people’s non-verbal communication in way a you didn’t know possible. Know what people are thinking, you will. You amazing BSL Jedi master.

Become a famous interpreter or translator

It takes years to get that good but if you’re committed then there is no reason why not. I have a friend who is an interpreter and she’s booked up until November at £25 per hour. Translators take English text and then sign it to video. This sort of thing can be seen on lots of websites these days and in the corner of the telly. It could be you! Can I have your autograph?

Confidently hold private conversations in public places

There are couple of caveats to this: The first is that your sneaky conversations are only going to be private if they can’t be seen by anyone else who knows sign language. The second is that, if the conversation is about anatomy, then anyone watching is going to have a good idea what (but not who) you’re talking about. Apart from that – you can say what you want, when you want. People will look on completely clueless and in complete amazement.

Become irresistible to the opposite sex

Ok, that’s a massive exaggeration. We know there is more to being attractive than being good with your hands, but sometimes, girls like a man who talks with his hands. I know because I’ve been told. Now, a bit like the calorie burning point I made earlier, I’m probably the exception that proves the rule but if you still don’t believe me, watch how women go a bit crazy for signers.

 

Success stories

MacKenzie Hand

Dec 03 at 04:06 am
I'm majoring in Sign Language at university, I will be fluent before too long

Brittany Carpenter

Apr 02 at 04:35 am
It was back in high school so my friends and I could talk without getting into trouble. It’s been super helpful to communicate to deaf people now. Glad I still know it.

Jade Champion

Jul 30 at 20:14 pm
I'm deaf I've signed since I was 4; speak and sign well!

chocogrenouille

Apr 14 at 23:29 pm
yeah

Marnelle Janse van Rensburg

Dec 23 at 17:57 pm
It was lots of fun. Just a little confusing:)