How to Fingerspell in B S L (British Sign Language)

by Pretty Mae

The Alphabet in BSL

Supplies

  • 2 Hands
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    In each country there are accents; a wee Scottish lass sounds different to a Cockney Eas'ender! It's the same with BSL. Signs vary according to regions. This is the alphabet used in London...

    Step 2

    VOWEL MEMORY TRICK: When you point at each finger, you are signing a vowel

    Step 3

    Use the index finger on your dominant hand as the pointer and use the other hand for support. E.g I'm righthanded so if I use my second finger on this hand to point to my thumb, I am signing "A"

    Step 4

    A. Memory trick: Remember the VOWEL MEMORY TRICK!

    Step 5

    B

    Step 6

    Memory Trick: B is for Binoculars

    Step 7

    C

    Step 8

    Memory Trick: Remember it may look backwards to you but the person you are signing to is opposite you, so it's right way for them

    Step 9

    D

    Step 10

    Memory Trick: This is a hard one...that's what he said 😜

    Step 11

    E. Memory trick: Remember the VOWEL MEMORY TRICK!

    Step 12

    F

    Step 13

    Memory Trick: If you open up the horizontal fingers, it looks more like a F

    Step 14

    G

    Step 15

    Memory Trick: It looks like G in Times New Romans font

    Step 16

    H

    Step 17

    Memory Trick: Swipe the top hand across

    Step 18

    I. Memory trick: Remember the VOWEL MEMORY TRICK!

    Step 19

    J. Draw a J between your middle finger and thumb

    Step 20

    K

    Step 21

    Memory Trick: Baby K

    Step 22

    L

    Step 23

    Memory Trick: Baby L

    Step 24

    M

    Step 25

    Memory Trick: Capital M

    Step 26

    N

    Step 27

    Memory Trick: Capital M

    Step 28

    O. Memory trick: Remember the VOWEL MEMORY TRICK!

    Step 29

    P

    Step 30

    Memory Trick: Baby or Capital P

    Step 31

    Q

    Step 32

    Memory Trick: Baby Q

    Step 33

    R

    Step 34

    Memory Trick: Baby R

    Step 35

    S

    Step 36

    Memory Trick: Pinky Ssswear

    Step 37

    T

    Step 38

    Memory Trick: Capital T

    Step 39

    U. Memory trick: Remember the VOWEL MEMORY TRICK!

    Step 40

    V

    Step 41

    Memory Trick: (it's slightly crude but...) She ain't a V, her legs are wide open

    Step 42

    W

    Step 43

    Memory Trick: Hmm...no idea!

    Step 44

    X

    Step 45

    Memory Trick: X Factor

    Step 46

    Y

    Step 47

    Memory Trick: Y has a long tail with two branches on top

    Step 48

    Z

    Step 49

    Memory Trick: Erm...

    Step 50

    🎵 Now you know the ABC, next time won't you sign with me? 🎵