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Learning sign-language in english instead of german? Hey community!

I really wanted to learn sign language for a long time now but as i finally went looking for a teacher i came to notice that there are no german signing-teachers here :/ so my question is: is it a clever idea to learn sign language in english instead? Is it based on something like an international grammer which i could just translate into german signs? ( I know that there are different accents and grammatical structures but maybe i could be understand nevertheles?) i would be greatful for any recomendations or ideas!


Apr 5, 2019 7:10 PM
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First of all, there's no English sign language. American Sign Language (ASL) and British Sign Language (BSL) are different languages. German Sign Language is yet another language. As you can see here, these three languages aren't related at all: But learning one sign language will make it easier for you to learn another one because you're already familiar with the concept of sign language.

Here you can see the differences between American, British, Danish and German Sign Language:

There is an International Sign Language but it's a Pidgin Language:

I think it's best to learn the language that you also will use for communication. So, if you want ri connect with the German Deaf community it's better to learn German Sign Language.

April 5, 2019
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April 5, 2019
Thanks for telling me that and taking your time for answering! I'll check if there are any teachers in the area i live in...
April 5, 2019
Language Skills
English, German, Sign Language, Spanish
Learning Language
Sign Language, Spanish