Practice makes perfect

#265: Tell us about a talent you’d love to have…but don’t.

To be able to understand and use British Sign Language fluently – not a talent per se but a skill I long to possess. I know the fingerspelling alphabet but it’s not exactly going to get me very far in a conversation! My desire to learn this language was reignited whilst watching The L Word on Netflix, as from season 4 a deaf character joined the main cast (I’m still convinced, and fuming slightly, that it was a rush ending to the show as there are so many things that didn’t add up – plus with the average season consisting of 12 episodes and the final season only showing 8, there’s definitely reason to believe it came to a fairly abrupt end!). BSL is a truly amazing language and seems a complex one at that, but with over 70 million people using signing as their first language, I want to be able to communicate efficiently and remove any barriers that might have cropped up.

p.s. I’ve just realised that there are only 100 more blog prompts to go until the 365 day challenge is complete!

Back to school

#207: If you could take a break from your life and go back to school to master a subject, what would it be?

I would choose to master either Spanish or British Sign Language, because they are both languages I’d love to be fluent in but am yet to even reach a basic level (through self-teaching). I have never had lessons in either of them and, after extensive research, have realised that classes are actually quite pricey, so to have the opportunity to go back to school for free would be amazing! Never thought I’d say that about school…

Apply yourself

#19: Describe your last attempt to learn something that did not come easily to you.

This is an easy one – British Sign Language. I’ve always admired people who know this language and I wish that it was part of the school curriculum, as I believe that it should be just as widely known as the English spoken language. I managed to successfully teach myself the alphabet, but have found it much harder to learn words and full sentences. With this in mind, this year, I’m hoping to start evening classes or an online course of some sort, in order to learn the basics of BSL. Wish me luck!