Hi my name is Lally, I am 24 years old and this is my blog about learning British Sign Language.
I began signing in church when I was 14 as part of my confirmation mass and really enjoyed it. A few years ago I decided I would like to take a course and enrolled at my local college. Unfortunately there was not enough interest in the course to run it, so I ended up getting my deposit back and putting it on a back burner.
At the beginning of 2009 I made a list of things I wanted to achieve by the age of 30 and learning a second language was one of them. At the same time I moved to Blackpool and was looking for a hobby and a way to make some friends in the area when I crossed paths with Sign Language.
I saw an advert in the local supermarket for a private college offering a foundation British Sign Language course over 6 weeks, luckily the day I phoned was the day before the course started and so my learning adventure began.
That was in April 2009 and at the end of September 2009 I completed my Level One Signature certified British Sign Language course. I begin my Level Two qualification in October 2010 and completed it in April 2011.
Alongside BSL, I am studying for an BSc in IT.
I was encouraged to create this blog after attending Barcamp Blackpool in October 2009, where I hosted a session entitled “An Introduction to BSL”, which got a brilliant response from an unlikely audience.
I hope that you will find the blog informative and entertaining and maybe even be inspired to learn BSL too.