Multi-channel signs in BSL

Multi-Channel signs, as they are sometimes referred to, are an example of culturally rich BSL used within the Deaf community, and are taught to BSL students from Level 3 BSL upwards.

Multi-channel signs use a mouth pattern along with a specific sign that it is linked to. The mouth pattern with a multi-channel sign is distinctive and not based on English. Often a multi-channel sign will communicate more than a single spoken would do such as a phrase or group of words, it can also have a variety of meanings depending on the context in which it is used.

We’ve put together 15 multi-channel signs in this video clip of our BSL Level 3 tutor Alison. Contact us now to book a course or 1:1s with Alison or any other of our fantastic Deaf tutors! Learn more here.

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