Sign language: What You Need to Know

Some learn sign language based on interest and a general desire to interact with more people, while others learn it based on need and circumstances presented to them in order to ease communication. Whatever the case, it is undeniable that knowledge and the use of sign language has gained immense traction over the years and evolved into a practice adapted by all. Institutions, schools, media houses, the government – you name it, they have all incorporated sign language into their day to day activities.

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Of the 70 million individuals worldwide who use sign language effectively as a means to communicate, which side of the spectrum do you fall? Whilst there is no universal sign language, there is always a sign language spoken near you. With the advent of technology, you need not look further than the confines of your home to learn to sign. There are hundreds of online courses to cater to your desire. British, French and American sign language are the most popular and most other dialects have evolved from either of these three.

It might surprise you how similar sign language is to spoken language. Just like spoken language, sign language has its own rules for diction and grammar that must be adhered to for effective communication. Also, just like a child learns to speak simple and then more complex words, so does an individual learning to sign. They progressively substitute easier hand shapes for more advanced ones. Thirdly, the same way a person can get into an accident or have a stroke and forget to speak is the exact same way you can lose your ability to sign and be forced to learn afresh.

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The education sector is monumental in the influence of sign language in the world and the law is strongly on our side by recognising the need to harmonise all courses for the sake of our deaf, mute and blind compatriots. We have come forward in leaps and bounds and our only desire is to keep forging forward by offering a wealth of sign language courses, including British sign language and American sign language.

October 3, 2019

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