Fingerspelling involves spelling out the letters of the alphabet. It is not a language of its own and does not have grammatical structures and syntaxes. On the other hand, sign language uses hand movements, facial expressions, and body language to communicate.
The answer is a big yes!
Yes, you can easily learn sign language on your own and that too from the comfort of your home. You only have to join the online British Sign Language course offered by Lead Academy and become a certified BSL teacher.
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Spell A: Touch the thumb of your non-dominant hand with the index finger of your dominant hand to sign A. Keep facing the rest of your fingers upward and spread out.
Spell B: Put all your fingers on both hands together and make the binocular shape to form B.
Spell C: Curl your thumb and index finger whilst folding the other fingers inward to sign the letter C.
Spell D: Point upwards with your non-dominant hand with your index finger and make the sign of C with your dominant hand touching the index finger to sign D
Spell E: Touch the tip of the index finger of your base hand with your dominant index finger to sign E.
Spell F: Extend the middle and index fingers of both of your hands and put the two fingers of your dominant hand on top of the two fingers of your base hand to sign F.
Spell G: Make both of your hands into fists with your thumbs tucked in and place your dominant fist on the top of your base fist to sign G.
Spell H: Lay your base hand flat facing the palm up. Swipe up with your fingers from your wrist to your fingertips with your dominant hand to sign H.
Spell I: Spread out your non-dominant palm and place your dominant index finger on the middle finger of your other hand to sign I.
Spell J: Move the index finger of your dominant hand from the middle finger of the non-dominant hand down to the end of your thumb. Simply put, spell the letter J on the palm of your base hand to sign the letter J.
Spell K: Point upwards with your base hand, make a hook with your index finger of your dominant hand and place the joint of your dominant index finger on the other hand to sign K.
Spell L: Spread your base palm and put the index finger of your dominant hand in the middle of your base hand to sign L.
Spell M: Hold your base palm out and place your dominant three fingers (ring, middle and index) on the palm of your other hand to sign M.
Spell N: Hold your base palm out and place your dominant hand’s index and middle finger in the middle of your base palm to sign N.
Spell O: Hold your base hand out and place your dominant index finger on the tip of the ring finger of your base hand to sign O.
Spell P: Create a circle with your dominant index finger and thumb. Make your dominant hand’s index finger and thumb touch the tip of your base index finger to sign the letter P.
Spell Q: Put your thumb and finger of your base hand together to make a circle, then hook the top of your other index finger to your thumb to sign Q.
Spell R: Make the index finger of your dominant hand into a hook and place it on the palm of your base hand to sign R.
Spell S: Hold out your base hand with the palm facing up, and lock the base pinky finger with the dominant one to sign the letter S.
Spell T: Hold your base hand with its palm facing upward and put the index finger of your dominant hand on the bottom of your palm (on the inner side of your hand).
Spell U: Place your dominant index finger on the tip of the pinky finger of your base hand to sign U.
Spell V: Make a V shape with your dominant hand by extending and spreading your index and middle finger apart. Place the V shape on the palm of your base hand.
Spell W: Interlock the fingers of your both hands so that both palms are facing each other and your fingers are pointing diagonally up.
Spell X: Cross the index fingers of both the hands and point diagonally up to sign the letter X.
Spell Y: Extend the thumb and index finger of your non-dominant hand and place your dominant index finger between them to sign the letter Y.
Spell Z: Hold the base hand in front of you facing the side. Touch your base hand with the fingertips of your dominant hand to sign Z.
Just like any other sign language, there are many advantages of BSL. Some of them you may not have even guessed. So let’s explore them in detail here.