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New Zealand Sign Language Week

Each May, Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand organises New Zealand Sign Language Week to celebrate New Zealand sign language as one of our official languages and to let us know about the Deaf community.

Every day many people in New Zealand who can and cannot hear use their hands and eyes to communicate. Use the links in this hot topic to learn to spell and communicate using your hands.
See how much you can learn to share with your friends and family.

Learn NZSL

Watch, learn and practise how to use NZSL in common situations, shown as nine topics covering meeting and greeting, needs and wants, family and friends, small talk, work, community, my place, and holidays. Within each topic, you’ll find plenty of videos, resources and exercises to keep you busy. 

Thumbs up!

Learn how to use New Zealand sign language and share with your friends and family.

Fingerspelling alphabet

Try to fingerspell your name by using the New Zealand sign language alphabet!

Learn @home, @work, @play

Watch these videos to learn words and phrases you can use at home, at work, at play.

Teacher information:

Explore the themes in these teaching and learning units with videos. View the NZSL "Thumbs Up video gallery" to focus on vocabulary, sentence patterns, grammar, scenarios, and Deaf culture.

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