Meaning: British Sign Language.


Related signs: ENGLAND, United Kingdom.

British Sign Language (BSL) is the first language of 87,000 Deaf people in the U.K. with its own culture and history.

The BSL language was formally recognized by the UK government in 2003 but still does not have full legal status. Led by British Deaf Association in coalition with several other organizations, BSL Act Now is a campaign to push for the full legal recognition and status of their language, BSL.

On 28 January 2022, the BSL Bill passed its second reading in the House of Commons which was a vital step towards the legal recognition of BSL. The bill still has to complete the next readings in February and March. If passed, a BSL Act would become the official status.

Deaf Culture and tidbits

Postage Stamp

The British stamp was issued in 1981 to commemorate the "1981 International Year of the Disabled".

Image source: ebay (unknown seller)

The image shows the fingerspelled word, "DEAF", in British manual alphabet.

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Basic word starters: hello / learn / ASL / sign language / alphabet / love / I love you / please / thank you / welcome...

Search Tips and Pointers

Search/Filter: Enter a keyword in the filter/search box to see a list of available words with the "All" selection. Click on the page number if needed. Click on the blue link to look up the word. For best result, enter a partial word to see variations of the word.

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Alphabetical letters: It's useful for 1) a single-letter word (such as A, B, etc.) and 2) very short words (e.g. "to", "he", etc.) to narrow down the words and pages in the list.

For best result, enter a short word in the search box, then select the alphetical letter (and page number if needed), and click on the blue link.

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Don't forget to click "All" back when you search another word with a different initial letter.

If you cannot find (perhaps overlook) a word but you can still see a list of links, then keep looking until the links disappear! Sharpening your eye or maybe refine your alphabetical index skill. :)

Add a Word: This dictionary is not exhaustive; ASL signs are constantly added to the dictionary. If you don't find a word/sign, you can send your request (only if a single link doesn't show in the result).

Videos: The first video may be NOT the answer you're looking for. There are several signs for different meanings, contexts, and/or variations. Browsing all the way down to the next search box is highly recommended.

Video speed: Signing too fast in the videos? See HELP in the footer.

ASL has its own grammar and structure in sentences that works differently from English. For plurals, verb inflections, word order, etc., learn grammar in the "ASL Learn" section. For search in the dictionary, use the present-time verbs and base words. If you look for "said", look up the word "say". Likewise, if you look for an adjective word, try the noun or vice versa. E.g. The ASL signs for French and France are the same. If you look for a plural word, use a singular word.