Country Signs


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

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Kazakhstan »

Kazakhstan - index finger of palm-down ROCK-ON handshape (index and pinky erect) touches chin then moves up to touch the forehead. (See original illustration from a sign language book. Shared by Katy Mueller)
Variation - index finger of palm-down ROCK-ON handshape (index and pinky erect) touches forehead then moves down to touch the chin.

• Bothel, Kelly, & Webb, Alaina. (2009). Proceedings from the 2009 Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf Conference: Social Studies in a Post 9/11 World: Vocabulary and Concepts You Can Use. South Padre Island, Texas.
• 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.
• Mueller, Katy (Hearing, Teacher of the Deaf). (2010). Email communication about her trip to meet the Deaf in Kyrgyzstan in 2008.

Kenya »

Kenya (1) - EXACT (thumbtip touches index fingertip of "X") hand twists in air, palm ends facing in

• 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.

Kenya (2) - EXACT hand taps air, palm forward

• Jordaan, Braam. (Director). (2011). Sipho the Lion [DVD]. South Africa.
• Umberger, Larry (Deaf). Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

Kenya (3) - (Japanese sign) Make a fist with the right hand and curl the index finger around the tip of the thumb, then motion back over the right shoulder twice.

• Information Technology Information Center. (2012). Signs for Countries: English-Speaking Countries in Japanese Sign Language. Retrieved June 14, 2012

Kiribati »

Do you know a sign for Kiribati? Contact the webmaster.

Korea »

Korea (old ASL sign) - Middle fingertip of "K" hand touches the corner of the dominant side eye and twists at the wrist

Korea (new ASL sign) - "B" fingertips touch temple of dominant side then swoops out and bends, then straightens to touch cheek.
*Note: This is the Arab/Saudi sign for "South Korea."

• 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 7). Asian Countries in ASL [YouTube]. (video no longer extant)

North Korea (new ASL) - NORTH ("N" palm-out moves vertically up) + KOREA ("B" fingertips touch temple then swoops out and bends, then straightens to touch cheek)

• Walker, Steven (Gallaudet Deaf Interpreter). (n.d.). American Sign Language for Countries and Geographical Areas. Retreived from Needs Outreach website.

South Korea (new ASL) - SOUTH ("S"  moves vertically down) + KOREA ("B" fingertips touch temple then swoop out and bend, then straightens to touch cheek)

• Walker, Steven (Gallaudet Deaf Interpreter). (n.d.). American Sign Language for Countries and Geographical Areas. Retreived from Needs Outreach website.

Korea - (Hungarian sign) Both palm-back "V"/"2" with fingertips facing each other tap in the air in front of the shoulders. Then both "V"/"2" hands move down slightly and twist to become palm-forward.

• Hallatlan Foundation (2005). [Hungarian] Geography Signs. Retrieved July 20, 2016.

Kosovo »

Kosovo - "A" hand palm-down top of head moves in a horizontal circle

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

Kuwait »

Kuwait - both "H" hands similar to NAME ("H" fingers upright cross at the knuckles) make a motion of cutting with a knife [once or twice]

• ArabicSignLanguage. (2010, November 6). Arabic Sign Language لغة لإشارة [YouTube].
• Bothel, Kelly, & Webb, Alaina. (2009). Proceedings from the 2009 Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf Conference: Social Studies in a Post 9/11 World: Vocabulary and Concepts You Can Use. South Padre Island, Texas.
• Hassan, Nabil Mohammed. (2007). Arab indicative dictionary. Retrieved August 7, 2009.
• 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.

Kyrgyzstan »

Kyrgyzstan - index finger of your dominant hand touches the corner of your eye. Then move it away from your eye horizontally. Bring your hand down in front of your chest to a palm-down "5" handshape and move it around in a circle horizontally. (See original illustration from a sign language book. Shared by Katy Mueller)

• Mueller, Katy (Hearing, Teacher of the Deaf). (2010). Email communication about her trip to meet the Deaf in Kyrgyzstan in 2008.