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New Zealand Sign Language Week

New Zealand Sign Language Week

New Zealand Sign Language Week 2021

New Zealand Sign Language Week is celebrated every year during May and is a nationwide celebration of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) as an official language of New Zealand. This year New Zealand Sign Language Week is on from the 10th to 16th May in 2021. 

New Zealand Sign Language Week is an opportunity for the Sign Language Community in New Zealand to showcase their language and provide opportunities for people to learn New Zealand Sign Language.

What is New Zealand Sign Language?

New Zealand Sign Language is an official and unique language of New Zealand. It is the language of New Zealand’s Deaf community. NZSL uses the hands, the body, and facial expressions (including lip patterns) to express meaning. 

Where can you learn New Zealand Sign Language?

You can learn New Zealand Sign Language at lots of places:

Why learn New Zealand Sign Language?

Once you learn NZSL you will be able to communicate with Deaf and hard-of-hearing friends, family and people in the community. 

What are some of the first signs to learn?

First Signs in New Zealand Sign Language

New Zealand Sign Language Alphabet

Learn your name in NZSL and teach your family and friend theirs!

NZSL Alphabet

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