The school of Sign Language has released British Sign Language tutorials for Deaf Awareness Week (7-13 May), which can be downloaded onto your iPod as Podcasts, or directly from iTunes. Alternatively, you can see them on Myspace. Basic sign language greatly helps people who have an acquired hearing loss, as they do not know sign language and want to carry on using speech, but find a few simple signs to be very helpful. Signing also takes the pain out of lipreading which is very tiring!
To download Podcasts, just copy and paste the links below into iTunes. Go to the iTunes Advanced menu and choose “Subscribe to Podcast.” Cut and paste the links below into the pop-up box and click OK.
Learning the alphabet helps a hard of hearing person to understand the odd words in a sentence that they have missed out - just spelling the first letter of a word can often be enough to give them the clue they needed, to fill in the ‘gap’. Compare the words below - can you see that they look alike?
pear / bear / mayor Essex / Sussex mother / brother aunt / uncle cousin / son hip / lip / limb December / September red / green / grey
A lot of numbers look similar when lipreading, and can be easily confused. Check out the following groups which are very similar.
7 / 11 8 / 9 / 10 13 / 30 & 14 / 40 & 15 / 50 etc 1 / 20 - these can look very similar in running speech 100 - not easy to lipread, only DR is clear thousand - this is not easy if TH is not seen million / billion once / twice dozen - very hard to lipread ace / eight
Some of the signs for colours tend to have regional variations so you may see them signed differently in different parts of the UK. Here you are shown signs for ; colour, blue, white, purple, grey, green, black, red, orange, brown, cream, yellow, pink, gold, silver, dark, light.