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Learning British Sign Language For The First Time (American Sign Language) | Rikki Poynter

(MUSIC) Hello, welcome back to the channel. Today, I’m going to do a
British Sign Language challenge. Huzzah. I’ve done ASL challenges in the past. But now I want to try
new sign languages. Do something interesting. So why not make BSL
the first language? I tried to learn a bit of
the alphabet last night. But today is when I’m really
going to watch and try to learn. If you haven’t yet, please
subscribe to the channel. And then click on the bell
so you’ll know when I upload. I’m using my friend Jessica
Kellgren-Fozard’s videos. She has a lot of educational
videos about BSL. They’re really fast and to the point. So they’re good videos to watch. If you’re interested in trying this,
I’ll put video links in the description. First, I’m going to try to learn
the alphabet and colors. Then maybe countries. Um… We’ll see. Waiting for it to load. I’ll edit clips into a speed through
of learning myself, and then I’ll try to sign all
that I learned from memory. I forgot the sign for “memory”. (MUSIC) I know some of the BSL alphabet, but… Okay. Gonna start now. A, B, C, D, E… F, G, H, I, J… K…? I couldn’t really see the “K”. L, M, N, O, P… Q, R, S, T, U, V… W, X, Y Z. Now I want to look at colors. (MUSIC) Is that like for ASL’s “silver” and “gold”? Silver? Gold? Okay, again. Colors. Red. Orange…
Is that one or two fingers? (MUSIC) I just realized I should move back. You can’t really see me sign. Okay, so, alphabet. I forgot everything. A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J… K, L, M, N, O, P… Q… R, S, T, U, V… W, X, Y Z. Colors. Red.
Orange. Green.
Blue. Purple.
Pink. I forgot. Brown. Next is numbers. (MUSIC) I want to try on my own now. Numbers. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5… 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Is this “10”? 11, 12, 13, 14, 15… 16, 17, 18, 19, 20. 30, 40, 50, 60… 70, 80, 90. Okay. Now I want to try to do
all of them on my own. Alphabet. I know A, E, I, O, U like this, but trying to do the whole
alphabet is like… whoa. A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J… K,
L, M, N, O, P Q… R, S, T- wait. Wait, what’s “L” and “T”? I couldn’t really see. T, U, V… W, X, Y Z. Colors. Red, pink. No, wait. Pink. Is it “black”? Brown. Green. Yellow. Orange. Blue. Purple. And then numbers. 1, 2… 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. 11… 12. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20? 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90. Okay. Wow, that’s hard. I’m not used to two hands
in a signed language. Well, I mean, yeah, ASL does
use two hands too, but the alphabet is one hand. A, B, C, D, E, F… what? A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J… K, L, M, N, O, P… Q… R, S, T, U, V… W, X, Y Z. I know BSL A, E, I, O, U
really fast, but, “A, B, C…” ah! It is cool to see other sign languages, how it works,
how it looks. If you want to try this,
try it and make a video. Tag me and I’ll watch it. If you want to request
my next language, let me know in the comments. If you want to translate this video, I’ll have a link below
in the description. I really appreciate it. Thank you for watching.
I’ll see you later, bye! (MUSIC)

68 Replies to “Learning British Sign Language For The First Time (American Sign Language) | Rikki Poynter”

  • Welcome to my fail of a BSL challenge!
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    MERCH Β»
    HIRE ME Β»

  • Notification squad this is so interesting to watch as I am hoh and learning bsl myself. It's cool to see how different they are. You did pretty good on the alphabet. I'm terrible at colours sadly but I'm working on it

  • FINALLY! Someone who knows ASL tries BSL. I've always wanted to see that for a while, Thanks Rikki!

  • im confused…we and the brits use the same alphabet…except when we say z they say zed
    why would the signs be different?
    and if you sign using british sign language, do you sound more intelligent…like speaking in a british accent makes people sound more intelligent?

  • As a trainee BSL Interpreter, it was really nice to see you have a crack at BSL – Well done! (a few of them were a bit wrong but it's cool youre learning)
    i know jessica has mentioned it in some of her videos, but some of her signs aren't always produced correctly due to her medical conditions, so some of them might not be quite right πŸ™‚

  • Hey Rikki. Question. You respeak everything after you signed it for easier use for us visually impaird guys. Would it not be easier for you to just speak and sign at the same time?

  • L, M, N are flat on the hand. T is upright. K is an asl 'x' handshape against the opposite index finger (in theory it should look like a bit like a k)

  • cool, you will watch "seek the world" and deaf adventure, you will BSL vs ASL. just more practice, trust me. Rikki.

  • Subtitles is yous My'Lady
    haha yup it's not easy to learn a different sign language.
    And fail no, because FAIL is First Attempt In Life, and you tried your best !

  • Just so people are aware, even though America and the UK speak English, their sign languages are completely different! Sometimes signs may overlap, but often they carry different meanings. For example the ASL sign for what is the UK sign for where.
    Many other English speaking countries have their own sign languages (such as Auslan and NZSL) because they've all developed differently. Maybe that's because of time or where the language originated but each country (generally speaking) has their own.

  • Very good, few mistake but other rest are good, I used BSL from I was 11 til now, , Keep going πŸ‘πŸΌ u can use bsl app is ’Sign BSL’ app is good, easy learn, u type word, letter, number etc then sign showing u how to sign that's simply πŸ‘πŸΌ Also I can A-Z with ASL, few sign too I learn ASL from u! Nice to different ASL πŸ‘πŸΌ

  • If you want to try another sign language, how about DGS (deutsche GebΓ€rdensprache/ german sign language)?
    It's one-handed too, so it is probably easy to learn πŸ™‚

  • The thing with BSL is that it's different all around the country because some signs belong to certain regions of the UK

  • Noooooooooooo! I'm upset that you used Jessica's videos. I am Deaf and I use BSL as my first language. I am not happy with Jessica's BSL videos because more than half of signs she teaches is wrong. She shouldn't be trusted when it comes to her "BSL lessons". I have better videos for you to learn from:




    I advise you to never learn from Jessica's videos again lol

  • I worked in a SEN school. We had some kids who were partially deaf and I did BSL level 1 as a teenager. I forgot a lot of the BSL because it was so long ago (but always remembered the signs for the alphabet and 'laughter' lol) but working with the kids has helped me learn some new ones. The first one they taught me was 'party' (haha, I worked with teenagers!)

  • Really proud of you for giving this a bloody good bash! πŸ˜€

    I'm currently attempting to learn some Japanese sign language πŸ™‚ Might be of interest for you as well?

  • Fun fact for people who are learning ASL. American Sign Language is actually based on French Sign Language, and it very different from BSL.

  • this was so sweet rikki

    i was born deaf and its a very scary world as is and others who can here are so lucky

  • ASL is easier than BSL. In ASL, you can sign and spell with one hand. In BSL, you need to use two hands, two feet, and your soul to sign or spell.

  • I recently went to London and tried to communicate with a deaf lady and learned very quickly how different the signs are. Also interesting thumbnail πŸ˜‚

  • When I was in England, I met a guy who knew BSL, and he made the joke that ASL is designed so "you can sign with one hand and hold your cheeseburger with the other." Guess you can't escape those American stereotypes lol

  • I watch Jessica too. Because of that I've learned some signs in BSL. I need to watch more people who speak ASL so I can work on the language.

  • I've always struggled in my ASL classes in highschool. Being deaf but having a cochlear and in a hearing family made it hard to follow along ASL sentence. When I sign, I try to be grammatically correct much to the amusement of my peers.

  • I've just done my exam for BSL level one and I'm waiting on the results. Took me so long to get using my dominant hand right because you so often have to use two hands πŸ˜‚

  • You did great trying to learn BSL, two-handed spelling is so irritating if you're holding anything, you Americans don't know how lucky you are to have it all on one hand!

  • The alphabet uses nice, sit, make xD you ain’t sneaky BSL.

    On another note, I took ASL 1 for literally 3 weeks in college before dropping out. I’m pretty fluent (not interpreting fluent but I can understand stuff and hold a conversation pretty well) but my professor is from Gallaudet and she told me that if I open my mouth when I sign, I’m going to get a failing grade. I always grew up with emphasizing the beginning sounds/words (sh for she, h for he) but that got me in trouble. Do you have any thoughts on that? It’s really made me insecure about my signing, but I feel like without any mouthing, I have no expression.

  • If you are interested in how one word is signed in different sign languages (mostly european and ASL) have a look at SpreadTheSign dictionary available on the web and as an app.

  • Pretty good for a beginner! A couple tips: the R is like our X handshape, touching the palm. The K handshape is using that X handshape, tapping the non-dominant index finger in the middle, basically making the letter K. The difference between L and T – for L, the whole index finger touches the palm, and the T taps the side of your hand, not touching the palm. Also, for the Y, make sure your finger moves down the BACK of your hand, not down your palm. Other than that, I think you're good! (I'm pretty sure that these are the ones that are the same in Auslan, which I know better than BSL, and their alphabet is nearly the same with slight differences for some letters)

  • Well done Rikki! Im a BSL user and its refreshing to see an ASL user learning BSL. I would like to learn ASL myself and have picked up signs from watching you and fellow asl deaf youtubers! Keep it up :.)! X

  • I really appreciate your video and you have fun pleasure to be learning more BSL different in future!! Good luckly!!!

  • I find Auslan and BSL easier than ASL. I'm hearing and an interpreter in Australia. In our sign language classes we had to learn the ASL alphabet.

  • Pretty cool pretty cool πŸ–’πŸ–’πŸ–’πŸ–’ i was watch u and learn BSL really neat but oh wow pretty hard. πŸ–’πŸ˜˜

  • Rikki can you check this out (not mine, just seems awesome) Deaflix

  • I follow a cool instagram that compares American sign language and Arabic sign language. You should try Arabic sign language! The insta I followed was called @somayyeh.dehbozorgi2019 she's from Iran

  • I think learning French Sign Language would be easier to do since ASL had a foundation from it. You could try that one next!

  • Loved this so much, I've been trying to learn BSL for a while and it's hard haha but watching your video definitely motivated me to keep at it!

  • Hi Rikki! I'm from Sweden, I'm HoH and I've signed for about 18 years (I'm 20 now) and I want you to try out the Swedish Sign Language, I have been thinking about posting more SSL on my channel (I have one video where I sign but I both speak and sign in swedish) and also CC all my videos both in Swedish and in English since no one execpt those who understand Swedish can watch my videos. But I'm defintly gonna try some ASL in a video, do you have any video that you can recommend for me to use in the video? Lots of Love from Alex the Swede πŸ˜€

  • it would be cool to go on spreadthesign and show how different or similar a sign for the same word is in sign languages all over the world (they have a lot of languages there!)

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