receptive skills videos

5 BSL videos to support your receptive skills

No need to trawl the internet for receptive skills videos! We found 5 BSL Level 2 receptive skills videos to help you with learning BSL.

All the answers to the questions are at the bottom of the page. No cheating! Try to watch the video, then scroll down to get the story and the answers to the questions

BSL story 1: A meal out

This story links to Theme 2 of the BSL Level 2 curriculum ‘eating and drinking’. You will also see a number of linguistic features of BSL such as placement and role shift.

BSL story 2: A new house

This story is short (30 seconds long) but worth it! There are no questions but you can test your receptive skills to check if you understand what is being signed. Do you need the translation? See the bottom of the page for a summary of this BSL video.

BSL story 3: An old friend

This video follows the format of Signature exams. It would be useful to practise receptive skills under exam conditions and see how you get on. The answers will be at the bottom of the page.

BSL story 4: A birthday surprise

This is an older video (circa 2007) but it is still worth watching to practise your receptive skills.

BSL story 5: the missing dog

This is also an older video from when Signature used to be known as the CACDP

BSL Story translations from BSL to English:

BSL Story 1 translation:

A long time ago, I offered to take my ex-girlfriend ruby out to dinner. She liked Italian. I saw a new restaurant advertised in the newspaper, called Reno so I thought we could try it.

So I drove us there. When we got there we noticed how small it was. In the restaurant, a waiter named Robero approached us and took us to a table. He asked if we wanted anything to drink. I asked Ruby what she wanted and we agreed on red wine.

The waiter left to get the drinks. I opened the menu and decided I was going to order the ravioli. I asked Ruby what she wanted and  she decided to have the spaghetti bolognese.

Whilst we were waiting for the waiter to return I felt a draft, and felt cold. I looked at the window and noticed that one of the panes of glass was missing. The waiter returned with glasses. I said we were getting cold from the draft and he just closed the curtains which was a bit odd.

He started to pour the wine but I noticed Ruby’s glass had a red mark around the edge of her glass. The waiter apologised and returned with a clean glass and poured some wine. He then took our order. I ordered ravioli and ruby ordered spaghetti bolognese.  The waiter left. As we chatted, it  became noisy from children running about. One of them bumped my chair, it was terrible.

The waiter returned with our food. I picked up my knife and fork and noticed they were a bit mucky so I gave them a clean with my shirt. I started eating my ravioli but on closer inspection, I noticed I didn’t have a lot of meat in the ravioli parcels. I asked ruby if hers was alright but she wasn’t happy because she found a hair in her food.

I called the waiter over and explained the food was awful. He asked what was wrong with it. I explained that Ruby found a hair in her food and that there wasn’t any actual meat in the ravioli. He said sorry and I asked him to take the food away. He asked what we wanted and I said I’ll just pay for the wine. He said that was ok, that’s £8.99. I paid for the wine and we left. I asked Ruby if she wanted to go another time. She said “no, never again”

BSL Story 2 translation:

 I used to rent  a house but I managed to buy a house, at last!. I moved all my furniture and other things  into storage because the house I bought, needed a lot of repairs. I couldn’t use all the rooms. I had to use one room at the back (the dining room). I had to sleep, cook, eat, watch tv in one room and I had no shower or bathroom.

BSL Story 3 translation:

Late one night I was looking through old photos and I found one from when I was10. . I had a red school  jumper on. The name was Dundee School. I was with my best friend Sarah. I haven’t see Sarah for many years. Why? I’ve been busy with a new job. I was sad I list touch with my friend. I thought I’d email to see if she wanted to meet up for a coffee at the new café in town.

She replied quickly and said she’d love to meet up but could she bring someone. I thought she wanted to bring her boyfriend.

 In the café, I sat at a table with 3 chairs, then looked at the menu. I could see a woman with a baby in a pram struggling to open the door to the café. I got up to open the door and then went back to sit down at the table. The woman with the pram came over, I was surprised to see it was Sarah! I didn’t recognise her as I hadn’t seen her for such a long time. Her baby’s name was Stephen, blonde hair, big blue eyes.

 We chatted for hours and Sarah told me everything that had happened over the last year. She met her partner, who was originally from Germany and were instantly connected to each other. She became pregnant and was due to get married in 3 months’ time. She invited me to the wedding and of course, I said I would go. I asked her where she lived and I was surprised to learn that she lived just round the corner! I promised that we would see each other more frequently from now on.

Section 1 questions

1. What was my School called?

B: Dundee

2. Why had I lost touch with Sarah?

C: Busy with a new job

3. How did I feel about losing touch?

A: Sad

Section 2 questions

1.How did I contact Sarah?

A: Email

2. Where were we meeting?

B: At a café for coffee

3. Who did I think she was bringing to meet up?

C: Boyfriend

Section 3 questions

1. While waiting, I was reading what?

B: Menu

2. Who came in through the door?

A: a woman with a pram

3. What was the baby’s name

D: Stephen

Section 4 questions

1. Where is Sarah’s boyfriend from?

C: Germany

2. When is Sarah getting married?

C: in 3 months’ time

3. I promised to do what more regularly?

A: see each other more frequently

BSL Story 4 translation:

It was my 40th birthday last month. I was feeling fed up. I had a new job in London. Moved to London from north York so I couldn’t go out with friends. I hadn’t received any birthday cards. I decided to stay later at work and then head home for a nice hot bath, drink wine and eat chocolates. Then watch tv and chill

I finished work late, got home about 7.15pm. I tried to turn the lights on but they didn’t turn on. I went to the kitchen to get a new bulb but that didn’t work either. I checked outside and the street lights were on so thought it must be the fuse box that had tripped.

I went into the kitchen to find a candle, I looked in all the cupboards but couldn’t find one. I went back into the hall to find the fuse box. I felt my way along the hall but it was dark so I bumped my shoulder  and my head. I was feeling really fed up.

Got to the cupboard and turned the lights on at the fuse book, then I heard ‘hello’ from my sister Maria.

She said she wouldn’t miss my 40th birthday! She gave me a big hug then we popped some champagne open.

When was my birthday

C: last month

Where did I move from?

D: York

What had I been drinking?

A: wine

Section 2

What time did I get home?

C: 7.15pm

Where did I go to find a bulb?

A Kitchen

What did I think had happened?

A: There was a blackout

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