Sign Explorer โ€“ Search Directory for exploring Sign Languages

Work In Progress - 20200719

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Sign Languages by Family

๐Ÿฅ– American, French, & SE Asian Families

๐Ÿ™ Japanese, Korean, & East Asian Families

โ˜•๏ธ British, Indo-Pakistani, & Australasian Families

๐ŸŒ Other Distinct Languages

Sign Languages by Geography

Colored by Sign Language Family. (โŠ› = Unique)

  • North America
    • โŠ› Greenland
    • ๐Ÿ”ต Canada, Quebec
    • ๐Ÿ”ต USA
  • South America
    • ๐Ÿ”ต Brazil, Bolivia
  • ๐ŸŸข UK
  • ๐Ÿ”ต France
  • ๐Ÿ”ต Ireland
  • ๐Ÿ”ต S & SE Europe
  • ๐Ÿ”ต Eastern Europe
  • ๐ŸŸฃ Scandinavia
  • ๐ŸŸฃ Portugal
  • Central Europe
    • ๐ŸŸค Germany, Poland
    • โšช๏ธ Czechia, Hungary
    • โŠ› Slovakia
    • ๐Ÿ”ต Austria
  • ๐Ÿ”ต Russia
  • ๐ŸŸข South Asia
    • ๐ŸŸข India-Pakistan
  • ๐Ÿ”ด East Asia
    • ๐Ÿ”ด Japan, Korea, Taiwan
    • ๐Ÿ”ด Hong Kong, Macau
  • ๐Ÿ”ต South-East Asia
    • ๐Ÿ”ต Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia
    • ๐Ÿ”ต Philippines
    • ๐Ÿ”ต Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia
    • โŠ› Burma
Middle East
  • โšซ๏ธ Syro-Palestinian
  • ๐Ÿ”ต Central, East, West Africa
  • ๐ŸŸข South Africa
  • ๐ŸŸข Australia
  • ๐ŸŸข New Zealand
  • ๐ŸŸข Papua New Guinea
  • ๐ŸŸข Polynesia

Sign Languages in the same family are generally similar. This means it takes less effort to learn, and travel, amongst the same sign language family.

There are over 300 Sign Languages around the world. Not all fit in these major families. There are also many tribal languages.

Note: Currently focused on: The Pacific

Note: Currently focused on: Basic Dictionaries (with educational media being a plus)

Malaysian Sign Language (Bahasa Isyarat Malaysia, BIM)


Indonesian Sign Language (Bahasa Isyarat Indonesia, BISINDO)

Local languages have been mixed with American Sign Language (perhaps via Malaysian Sign Language). Dialects include: Jarkata SL, Yogyakarta SL.

Education currently relies on manually-coded Malay known as Sistem Isyarat Bahasa Indonesia (SIBI).


Vietnamese Sign Language (Ngรดn Ngแปฏ Kรฝ Hiแป‡u Viแป‡t Nam) (NNKH-VN)

There are 3 Deaf-Community Sign Languages in Vietnam:


Korean Sign Language (KSL / ์ˆ˜์–ด (์ˆ˜ํ™”) / ํ•œ๊ตญ ์ˆ˜ํ™” ์–ธ์–ด (Hanguk Suhwa Eoneo))


Japanese Sign Language (JSL)