Irish Sign Language (ISL)

Irish Sign Language (ISL) is the sign language used in Ireland (primarily in the Republic of Ireland). ISL is also used in Northern Ireland, but British Sign Language (BSL) is used there as well. ISL is more similar to American Sign Language and French Sign Language than British Sign Language and is not related to […]

Japanese Sign Language (JSL)

Japanese Sign Language (JSL), to me, is truly amazing. I am fascinated even by the Japanese language, so this signed language really interests me. JSL is the sign language used in Japan… Bet you didn’t guess that. Just like how Japanese is completely different from English, JSL is completely different from ASL. For one, JSL […]

Sign Languages of the World: ASL is NOT Universal!

There is a common myth that I must try to destroy every time someone asks… ASL is NOT universal. We cannot tell you how many times we’ve been asked (and sometimes even told) about this myth. Just like the thousands of different languages of the world–there are several different signed languages. We think this fact […]

Spanish Sign Language (SSL)

  Spanish Sign Language is a sign language that I really didn’t know anything about until now. I really wish there was a class that touched on international signed languages, such as this one, while I was studying Deaf Studies. SSL is the sign language used in Spain. Just like how Spanish is completely different […]

Swedish Sign Language (TSP)

Swedish Sign Language (TSP) is the sign language used in Sweden. TSP did not stem from any other sign languages, but it did influence Finnish Sign Language (FSL) and Portuguese Sign Language (PSR). It has been in use since 1800 and in 1809, the first deaf school in Sweden was established. Swedish Sign Language was […]

Auslan (Australian Sign Language)

Auslan (Australian Sign Language) is a beautiful language. Well, all signed languages are beautiful to me, but this one holds a special place in my heart. When I was 12 years old, I was blessed enough to be able to visit Australia for 16 days. While I was there, I truly wish I would have […]

British Sign Language (BSL)

British Sign Language is my favorite second signed language. BSL is the sign language used in the United Kingdom (UK). I get tingles every time I see their two-handed manual alphabet. BSL is related to Australian Sign Language (Auslan) and New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). These three signed languages descended from the same parent language […]

Chinese Sign Language (CSL)

Chinese Sign Language (CSL) has been developing mostly since the late 1950’s and its signs are like written Chinese characters. CSL has several dialects with Shanghai being the most common. Even though the first deaf school using CSL was founded in 1887 by C.R. Mills, an American missionary, and his wife, CSL was not influenced […]