In the past, I have started to create ‘My BSL Journey’ which included a measley four videos of me signing in Britsh Sign Language.
However, I have decided to resurrect and rename it to ‘My Sign Language Journey’, or #mySLjourney.
I have been set a challenge to sign more in my videos, and I have taken it on.
Why am I doing publicly sharing my journey?
I have already shared my reasons on why I am learning sign language. There are many reasons why I have decided to share my sign language journey in public:
- for accountability purpose
- to get more comfortable signing in front of a camera
- to improve my signing skills
- to publicly show that I am learning like everyone else
- to speed up the learning process
How to join the journey?
If you want to join the journey, you can do so by setting yourself a challenge to publicly share your journey and use the hashtag #mySLjourney.
This journey is not about being perfect. It’s not about getting yourself to be fluent overnight. The key word is ‘journey’, and that journey will take however long it takes. If anything, it’s an endless journey as you can always learn something new (like in anything in life). But like many journey, it can be fun, it can be hard, it can be long, it can stressful. It can also be short and long journeys (i.e. short and long videos).
But you can go easy on yourself by taking multiple short journeys to your destination, however long it takes.
Along the way, and provided that
you we are being consistent, our lives will change as we make regular stops along the way to look back on how far we have come along.
So join in by using #mySLjourney. I’d love to see how you get along.
Important things to be aware
Even though this should be a fun learning experience, there are several important things to point out when I or anyone else who is publicly sharing their journeys:
- the videos are not to be used a learning tool and for you to learn sign language
- be mindful and respect that the person is learning
- there will be mistakes in the videos
- always learn sign language from a professional deaf teacher
- always practice sign language with others whose first language is sign language
So join in the #mySLjourney challenge and let’s go on a journey together.