Country Signs


Country signs are organized alphabetically. Major cities are categorized under the letter of their country.

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Haiti »

Haiti (1) - Fingertips of "H" hand touch the eyebrow then swoop up and out into "I"

• Hedberg, Tomas & Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies. (2003). Países (Country Name-Signs) [PDF] . (Yutaka Osugi, Ed.). Japan: World Federation of the Deaf.
• Umberger, Larry (Deaf). Baylor University, Waco, Texas

Haiti (2) - Right "H" curves around fingertips of palm-down left "B" hand once

• Granada, José (2007). Cities, States, and Countries [DVD]. United States: Filmsmith Productions.

Haiti (3) - "H" initialized MATH ("M" hands on top of each other with palms facing opposite directions, cross over each other while touching at the index and pinky)(reminiscent of tying the fallen palm fronds together)

• Granada, José (2007). Cities, States, and Countries [DVD]. United States: Filmsmith Productions.

Herzegovina »

Herzegovina - wrists of LOVE ("S" hands cross at the wrist and lie on the chest) twist palms forward then back, repeat

• Hedberg, Tomas & Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies. (2003). Países (Country Name-Signs) [PDF] . (Yutaka Osugi, Ed.). Japan: World Federation of the Deaf.
• Umberger, Larry (Deaf). Baylor University, Waco, Texas

Holland / The Netherlands »

*NOTE: The Holland.com website explains the difference between the two terms Holland and the Netherlands. "The Netherlands is often referred to as Holland. Nevertheless, the official name of the country is the (Kingdom of the) Netherlands. The Netherlands consists out of twelve provinces. Two of them, North and South Holland, are the two provinces that together make Holland. Due to the maritime and economic power of these provinces in the 17th century, the Netherlands became known worldwide as Holland. To make matters even more confusing the inhabitants of the Netherlands are called Dutch."

Holland/Netherlands- "5" fingers touch over the ears then swoop outward and opposite into flat "O"s

• ArabicSignLanguage. (2010, November 6). Arabic Sign Language لغة لإشارة [YouTube].
• Hedberg, Tomas & Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies. (2003). Países (Country Name-Signs) [PDF] . (Yutaka Osugi, Ed.). Japan: World Federation of the Deaf.
• Jordaan, Braam. (Director). (2011). Sipho the Lion [DVD]. South Africa.
• Kuifje75 (Deaf). (2006, December 5). European Countries in ASL [YouTube] (video no longer extant).
• Unification of Signs Commission of the World Federation of the Deaf. (1975).GESTUNO: International Sign Language of the Deaf. Great Britain: Hindson Print Group Newcastle upon Tyne.
• Walker, Steven (Gallaudet Deaf Interpreter). (n.d.). American Sign Language for Countries and Geographical Areas. Retreived from Needs Outreach website.

Holland/Dutch - "Y" hand with thumb at lips swoops downward
*NOTE: This sign refers to the "Dutch" people and language versus "Holland" the country.

• Umberger, Larry (Deaf). Baylor University, Waco, Texas

Honduras »

Honduras - Similar to HOUSTON, the "H" taps in center of chin

• Bar-Tzur, David. (n.d.). Indigenous signs for countries by region. Retrieved August 6, 2009 from The Interpreter's Friend website.
• Fox, Jessie (Deaf Ed. Teacher in Honduras). Personal communication regarding educational mission trips to Sri Lanka, the Kenya School for the Deaf, and the Signs of Love Program for the Deaf in Honduras. Summer 2007.
• Hedberg, Tomas & Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies. (2003). Países (Country Name-Signs) [PDF] . (Yutaka Osugi, Ed.). Japan: World Federation of the Deaf.
• Jordaan, Braam. (Director). (2011). Sipho the Lion [DVD]. South Africa.
• Pfanner, Nancy, & Wrzesinski, Lori (ASL instructors/interpreters). Baylor University, Waco, Texas. Personal communication regarding signs learned from the Deaf during mission trips to Honduras.

Tegucigalpa - Honduran letter "T" (looks like ASL letter "F") motions like GRADUATE with the pinky touching center of palm

• Pfanner, Nancy, & Wrzesinski, Lori (ASL instructors/interpreters). Baylor University, Waco, Texas. Personal communication regarding signs learned from the Deaf during mission trips to Honduras.

Hungary »

Hungary (1) - "A" handshape with the index finger jutted foward starts at the side of the nose then swoops up slightly and  in a downward arc forward

• Hallatlan Foundation (2005). [Hungarian] Geography Signs. Retreived June 28, 2016.
• Unification of Signs Commission of the World Federation of the Deaf. (1975).GESTUNO: International Sign Language of the Deaf. Great Britain: Hindson Print Group Newcastle upon Tyne.
Yomma Schäfer & Sequeira Gerardo GbR. (2016, June 14). Euro 2016: Namen der Länder in Gebärdensprache [Video file]. Retrieved from YouTube

Hungary (2) - "G" hand touches the corner of the mouth then transitions into "A" hand while moving slightly up and to the dominant side

• Hedberg, Tomas & Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies. (2003). Países (Country Name-Signs) [PDF] . (Yutaka Osugi, Ed.). Japan: World Federation of the Deaf.
• Jordaan, Braam. (Director). (2011). Sipho the Lion [DVD]. South Africa.

Budapest (Hungarian sign) - "Y" handshape with palm facing outward taps inward toward the torso with motion from the elbow then comes back upright again. Repeats three times.

• Hallatlan Foundation (2005). [Hungarian] Geography Signs. Retrieved June 28, 2016.