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      If you're thinking about studying British Sign Language, we have lots of great resources to help you learn fingerspelling, which is used to spell out particular words.

      What is fingerspelling?

      Fingerspelling is the British Sign Language (BSL) alphabet. It's used to spell out certain words – usually names of people and places – on fingers. On its own, however, fingerspelling isn’t sign language.

      How can I learn fingerspelling?

      We produce free cards, bookmarks and posters showing the fingerspelling alphabet (sometimes called the manual alphabet). We also have cards of the Welsh, Irish and deafblind fingerspelling alphabets.

      Download our fingerspelling alphabet poster here

      To find out more, and to order, contact our Information Line on 0808 808 0123 (freephone) or email

      For more information including a diagram showing the fingerspelling alphabet, see our leaflet Learning British Sign Language