New Zealand Sign Language Week

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New Zealand Sign Language Week

New Zealand Sign Language Week takes place from 21 to 27 September, coinciding with the United Nations International Day of Sign Languages on 23 September.

We have some adults and children's titles in the collection for learning New Zealand sign language.

There are also free online resources you can use to learn New Zealand sign language.

New Zealand sign language: a reference grammar by Rachel Locker McKee 419MCK

Drawing on her experience of both teaching and researching New Zealand sign language (NZSL), Rachel McKee has developed A Reference Grammar to support all those who are learning NZSL - students, families and friends of Deaf people, school teachers, public officials. This clear account of language structure and use is illustrated with dozens of, drawings and photographs.

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A dictionary of New Zealand sign language by Graeme Kennedy 419

This excellent dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language presents to the public for the first time in New Zealand history the actual language of the vibrant New Zealand Deaf Community. It is a result of nearly 5-6 years of research and information gathering by 5 staff members at Victoria University of Wellington in cooperation with the Deaf Association of New Zealand and the many adult Deaf volunteers who helped made this dictionary possible. It contains a listing of over 4,600 signs found to be of general and accepted usage by the New Zealand Deaf Community. Each sign entry has an English (or Maori) headword along with several synonymns, a picture of the sign, an English description of how to articulate the sign, some sentences to give an idea of the semantic scope of the sign, and a linguistic transcription of the sign. This dictionary is an excellent resource for those wanting to learn New Zealand Sign Language, its grammar, and about the Deaf community in New Zealand.

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Kōrero mai series by Jenny Chapman, children’s board book

These board books include words in English, te reo and their associated New Zealand sign language sign.

Introduces signs and words for common items around the home that a baby might see or handle. Includes tips for teaching your baby to sign.

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Online resources

New Zealand Sign Language Dictionary Online

This website contains thousands of entries, including videos of how to sign each word. Words can be searched in English and Māori. Visual searches are also available searching by hand shape and/or body location.

Go to the New Zealand Sign Language Dictionary Online

Learn New Zealand Sign Language Online Portal

This is a free online learning portal for New Zealand sign language. Work your way through the nine topics to learn in order. Topics include: meet and greet, needs and wants, family and friends, everyday activities, small talk, work, community, my place and holidays.

Go to the New Zealand Sign Language Online Learning Portal

Deaf Aotearoa

Deaf Aotearoa is a national organisation representing the voice of Deaf people, and the national service provider for Deaf people in New Zealand.

Go to the Deaf Aotearoa website