Guide to using this site.
- This site is designed as a guide to British Sign Language
and not an authoritative reference. Signs vary by region as
well as country; the signs reproduced on this site may vary to
those used in local areas.
- Some signs have a blank frame inserted. This is because this
sign should only be signed once. For example different involves
one movement - it should not be repeated continuously.
- Generally whenever you sign a word you should also mouth or
speak the word you are signing. There are a few exceptions but
if in doubt it is advisable to mouth the word. Lip reading is a
vital part of communication with the deaf. This is especially
important as some words share the same sign for example green and slow
- The way in which sentences are constructed is different to
spoken English. You cannot use BSL as a word-for-word replacement
for English. See the phrases section for examples of how the
grammar varies in BSL.