Learn British Sign Language


Certificate of Completion

Learn *online anytime

Our courses are set up so that you can access them online, anytime. Whether you are on-the go and learning from your mobile, or at home doing concentrated study, we can help you build the BSL and ASL knowledge you need.


Access resources

When you sign up with us, you’ll get exclusive access to sign language teaching videos, 2 part conversations with different Deaf presenters and BSL storytelling with picture sequences to help build your confidence in using sign language. 

BSL DVD collection

Learn from our Deaf presenters & Registered BSL Interpreter guiding you through the basics of sign language. Taking you through common phrases in sign language to conversational practice and storytelling. All from the comfort of your own home on DVD. 

Learn British Sign Language on DVD

Hello! I'm Sonia Hollis.

Sonia Hollis is a hearing British Sign Language Interpreter based in Northamptonshire. She works freelance as an interpreter for various sign language agencies covering different settings such as medical, education, social services and community interpreting. There is a huge demand for people wanting to learn British Sign Language online especially as a hobby or as a supplement to academic classroom learning. To help meet this demand Learn Sign Language (LSL) engaged the services of various Deaf professionals to help create the unique sign language packages online which incorporates BSL storytelling, using our own branded colour story sequence pictures, and BSL dialogues showing conversations between Deaf people.
Sonia Hollis

The Team

Meet our Deaf presenters

Click on their photos to learn more about each presenter.


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Most frequent questions and answers

To clear up any doubt these online resources does NOT give you formal accreditation status and full Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications – as can be expected, to gain the qualification formally there is a significant higher investment level needed. (Typically for Level 1 £250/ Level 2 roughly £500+) 

All courses on completion will generate a downloadable certificate of completion. 

Our resources are ideal for those of you who wish to learn British Sign Language as a hobby or as a supplement to a formal class if you choose the academic route.

Yes! To help you assess your level of learning there are tests and questions during the course. Once finished you will get access to a pdf downloadable “Certificate of Completion”. 

There is plenty of opportunity to learn via the online videos, which takes you through at a pace suitable for learners.

There are also some “tests” along the way to help you see your progress. 

In the introduction video it is explained that BSL has some regional variations, which is no different to speaking to someone who has a slightly different accent! It’s all a part of language.

This shows the TRUE beauty of sign language and it’s inherent richness. As a learner of BSL you should embrace it.

Generally speaking you will find if there are regional variations for some signs, then this will be for numbers, or place names for example. The grammar and inherent linguistic structure of BSL is then as standard in the UK.

Unique to us you get access to many Deaf presenters to teach you BSL. This is important to develop your receptive skills in BSL, so you get used to different styles of signing (after all in spoken English you mix and communicate with different people who “talk” with different accents – this is no different! 


There is one main presenter throughout but there are also 6 other fantastic Deaf presenters that help you to see 2 part conversations in BSL – so you can see how to use sign language in everyday conversations. 


As a student learning BSL myself years ago, before I went onto training as a fully qualified BSL Interpreter – this element was missing.


I wanted to see other Deaf people signing AS WELL as putting it into a real life conversation.


Here we have bridged this gap – especially useful if you are not able to mix with the Deaf community. This will help your receptive skills immensely!

30-Day Money Back Guarantee

If you are not satisfied with these courses for any reason, we will refund 100% of your money back. (*online courses only)


Choose the right course for YOU

Sonia Hollis

If you are a beginner 

We recommend starting with the Everyday Essential British Sign Language (L1) which will hold you by the hand and take you through step by step so you can build up your confidence and conversational skills in BSL. 

Once you have these foundations in place then we recommend to add on BSL Storytelling of Real Life Situations (L1).  This will extend your knowledge about more grammatical elements of BSL, using our 4 part picture sequence stories as a prompt.  

Our BUNDLE packages have been proving popular where you can Save £’s CLICK HERE  

If you already know BSL

If you already have a foundation in BSL and can hold a conversation quite easily then we would recommend starting with both the Everyday Essential British Sign Language (L2) and also BSL Storytelling of Real Life Situations (L1 & L2) 

Interested in American Sign Language? 

American Sign Language has it’s own grammatical structure and is different to British Sign Language. We often have students wishing to learn both.  The package for you here would be our Everyday Essential American Sign Language (L1) 
Alison Wherry-Alimo

Alison Wherry-Alimo

Alison Wherry-Alimo was born Deaf, her parents are hearing and she has an older Brother who is also Deaf. Alison has communicated using BSL all of her life and has been a BSL teacher for 22 years. Alison has also done a bit of BSL presenting in the past. Alison enjoys taking part in a number of different outdoor activities in the spare time and also supporting other Deaf members in her community.

Deepa Shastri

Deepa Shastri

Deepa Shastri is profoundly Deaf and was educated at Mary Hare Grammar School and later graduated from Coventry University with a BA with Honours in Business Studies.

Her background includes working as Contact and Information/Advocacy Officer at DeafPLUS, Project Officer for WISDOM (Wireless Information Services for Deaf People On the Move) and Liaison/ Helpline Officer at British Deaf Association.

Deepa was formerly involved with Stagetext and the See a Voice project as Audience Development Liaison Officer for Captioning. She has been involved in developing access for talks, tours and other events in museums and galleries as well as at literary festivals. She has also undertaken work as an actress and a presenter.

Fifi Garfield

Fifi Garfield

She has been Deaf since birth and has a deaf twin sister. She has been involved in media for more than 20 years, she has vast skills in camera work, editing, directing, acting, presenting and translating. She lives in Surrey but she loves London more!

Judy Vardon

Judy Vardon

Deaf presenter Judy Vardon has been Deaf since the age of two. She became famous in the Deaf community when she and her family appeared on America’s Extreme Home Makeover show in 2004. She graduated from Lahser High School and is the mother of two sons. She lives with her family in Oak Park, Michigan.

Marcel Hirshman

Marcel Hirshman

Marcel Hirshman has years of experience in translating work for websites, DVDs and television. He owns his company delivering workshops, sign language and interpreting work. He comes from a Deaf family.

Mark Nelson

Mark Nelson

Mark is an active member of the Deaf community with several years of experience of working with Deaf organisations including the British Deaf Association, ‘The Vibe’, BBC ‘See Hear’, ‘Vee TV’ and numerous local Deaf clubs. He is also one of the founders and director of the award winning production/multimedia and BSL training company Remark! who regularly sponsor Deaf individuals and events. Mark is proud to be the fourth generation Deaf member of his family. A native Londoner, he has grown up attending Deaf events socialising with BSL users.

Radha Starr

Radha Starr

Radha has been Deaf from birth and is from a Deaf family. Based in London, Radha has various job roles which include being a presenter, actress, translator, trainer and relay interpreter.

She is well-known with the Deaf community due to her work as a TV presenter on BBC’s See Hear since 2006. In 2009 she won the award for Best Female Presenter at the Remark! TV and Film Awards.

Radha lives in London with her husband and two children.

Ramon Woolfe

Ramon Woolfe

Ramon Woolfe comes from a large deaf family with eight generations of deaf people and is a loving father of four deaf children.

He has appeared in many deaf television programmes and runs his own media company. In his private life he loves to tend to his plants around the home and sharing his passion among friends.

Introduction and How to Complete the Course

Sonia Hollis


My name is Sonia Hollis and I’m a qualified Sign Language interpreter. Learn Sign Language Ltd was set up due to the huge demand for people wanting to learn sign language online. 


Throughout the course there will be multiple choice questions to answer which tests your sign language receptive skills.


The course content is designed to be taken at your own pace, where you have 12 months access in order to complete it. However, as a guide, the content is designed similarly to a class based environment where you are taught 2 hours per week. This allows for pausing of videos and practising in between.


You will need to watch each whole video before you are able to mark it as complete, which then allows you to move onto the next video.  There is a prompt button to guide you through and show when you can click on “complete lesson”.


If you have any questions, you are able to contact Sonia directly on sonia@learnsignlanguage.co.uk

Sonia Hollis

Sonia Hollis

Sonia Hollis is a hearing British Sign Language Interpreter based in Northamptonshire.

She works freelance as an interpreter for various sign language agencies covering various settings such as medical, education, social services and community interpreting.

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