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How many people have you spoken to today - did you use your mouth or your hands?
Each May, Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand organises NZSL 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 how to use New Zealand sign language and share with your friends and family.
Try to fingerspell your name by using the New Zealand sign language alphabet!
Watch these videos to learn words and phrases you can use at home, at work, at play.
Find out more about our Cool Kiwi – Young New Zealander of the Year Jamie Fenton. When Jamie was 10 she invented a noise level meter for a school science competition. It was recently developed into a Safe Sound Indicator that monitors classroom noise. Send us a question or two that you'd like to ask her.
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.