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Practising BSL

The best way to learn British Sign Language (BSL) is to practise with someone else. If you don’t have anyone to practise with, you can look online, or use books or mobile phone apps to help you. Here are some suggestions that can help you to practise your BSL:


Forest Books have lots of books for learning sign language, and these are available for different BSL levels. The books have illustrations and explanations of how to make the sign plus the facial and body expressions.


The Signed Stories website is for younger children but it’s a helpful way of getting to know signs and is good fun with lots of books to learn BSL from.

You can watch signed programmes on BSL Zone – they have lots of films, dramas and news programmes.

BBC SeeHear shows programmes for the Deaf community.

We have our own YouTube channel with lots of fingerspelling videos. These can be used for all kinds of sports and arts activities. You could teach your sports or arts coach these signs.

This British Sign Language website has a free online interactive fingerspelling machine and practice tool.

Here’s another British Sign Language website: it has lots of words and phrases in BSL.

DeafSign have games and puzzles to help you practise BSL.

The British Museum – this museum website has BSL video sections. They also do BSL-interpreted tours of the museum.

Learn some international sign.

You can also learn some engineering signs, art signs, and science signs.

Mobile phone apps

Want to practise BSL on the move?

Try downloading a free BSL app for your mobile phone here. You can also download Sign BSL for Android phones or  British Sign Language for iPhone, iPad or iPod.

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