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Merry Christmas!

Just a short, picture-free post to wish you all a Merry Christmas! I was going to post the craft stuff I have bought recently (and it's a lot!) but I thought it best to wait until I have actually made things with said items. Suffice to say I have plenty of new things to try out in the new year, which actually links with next year's resolution.
to speak without voice,
using intricate gestures
performed with your hands

Second to last of this year's weekly tasks, and I have always wanted to start learning a new language. New to me obviously, as there are no new languages as such. Anyway, if you haven't been able to guess from the haiku, the language is BSL, or British Sign Language. One of the few things I have remembered from primary school is how to fingerspell the alphabet, as well as a song, but I wanted to learn things that are more useful. It is true that there are so many things you learn in school that you never use in life, and so many life skills that you have to kind of discover for yourself. My cousin is teaching his children sign language, and I completely applaud him for it. The best way to learn is to watch videos, as the illustrations do not really show each gesture in its entirety. So far I have been learning basic phrases, but I think I might sign up to a proper course next year, or at least practise as much as possible. To be honest, I think the major problem is not being able to make the gestures, but to be able to converse with someone, reading their hands.



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