Language is a method of communication and interaction from one person to another. We use language to express our needs, emotions, opinions or simply to reach out to someone.
The beauty of language is that it may not always be in the form of words. For people who are deaf and dumb, sign language allows them to express themselves. And surprise, surprise, there’s a sign for anything you can think off!
In celebration of World Disabled Day this December, Urban Health brings you some common ‘words’ in sign language so that you will not ‘run out of things to say’ if you meet a deaf and mute person. These sign languages are extracted from the Malaysian Sign Language book published by the Malaysian Federation of the Deaf:
Touch your right thumb to your chin with the other four fingers pointed upwards
Touch your right thumb to your forehead with the other four fingers pointed upwards
Form your right hand into the alphabet “A” with your thumb pointing at the person you are referring to.
HE OR SHE
Right hand form “D” and point to the right
Right palm facing up and touch your fingers at your lips and move your hand back down
With your right hand, form your fingers to the alphabet “Y” with your palm facing down. Then move your hand back and forth.
Place right hand to the chest with palm facing inwards. Touch your last finger to your chest and make small circular gestures, moving anti clockwise.
Clasp both hands together and move your hands back and forth
With palms facing each other, move your hands away
With palms facing each other, move your hands closer
Position right hand into a “C” with palms facing your stomach, move your hand up and down
Both hands at chest level with palms facing inwards, move wrist from left to right
Place both arms crossed in front of chest
With your right hand, form a “G”, then place your fingers at the side of your lips and pull your slightly fingers downwards.
Form a “G” with both hands and place hands at the corner of each eye. Move pointing upwards.