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Deaf Awareness Week 2007

Posted Oct 30 2008 6:02pm

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


Develop your signing skills further with the signs for your relatives - brother, sister, children etc.


Learn the useful question signs ; question - what - where - why - when - who - how - which.

Days of the week

If you know your BSL alphabet, this is a piece of cake!

Months of the year

Again, learning the alphabet first is key…


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.


The following signs are shown ; hello, how are you, good morning, good afternoon, good evening, good night, (unintelligible), repeat, sorry, thank you, please.

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