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The British sign language equivalent of a tongue twister is called a ‘finger fumbler’.

Have no fear though, members of our BSL team are all professional sign language experts whose skill will see you through the most complex of situations with no fumbling.

When assigning you a signer we match the experience and expertise of the individual to the context in which you need them to excel.

For example, if you’re conducting business negotiations, you will be assigned a British sign language expert who is experienced in dealing with the lexicon of your particular field.

We’ve assembled a fantastic British sign language translation team here at London translations that are standing by ready to assist you, whatever your requirements.

An introduction to British Sign Language

There are 125,000 deaf adults plus an estimated 20,000 children in the UK who use British Sign Language. Add to this many thousands of people who use sign language to communicate with relatives or work as a sign language interpreter for the deaf community.

Sign language uses movement of the hands, body, face and head. Just as in the English language, BSL has regional dialects. Signs used in the Northern parts of England may have difficulty being understood in the south of the country and vice versa.

Records exist of a sign language within British deaf communities as far back as 1570. Thomas Braidwood’s ‘Academy for the Deaf and Dumb’ that opened in 1760 is considered the first British school to include sign language in education. He introduced the combined system, a variation of sign language that set the standards of BSL as we know it today.

Why is British Sign Language translation important?

Equal opportunities in the workplace is a vital part of a successful business or public body. The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to improve equal job opportunities and fairness for employees and job applicants. Organisations should have policies in place so these outcomes happen and, just as importantly, to prevent discrimination.

Businesses that take measures to prevent discrimination, such as hiring a sign language translator, have a wider pool of applicants to choose from and can hire the best candidate for the job. It can also improve team spirit, increase productivity of a workforce and enhance an organisation’s reputation as an employer.

A diverse workforce from a wide range of backgrounds and skills can develop a healthy working environment that is producing plenty of ideas and solutions that may not come from less diverse groups.

If your business requires a sign language translator or interpreter, hire one of our sign language experts to ensure an accurate translation.