Country Signs


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

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Laos »

Laos - Fingertips of "5" claw tap on back of head

• Hedberg, Tomas & Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies. (2003). Países (Country Name-Signs) [PDF] . (Yutaka Osugi, Ed.). Japan: World Federation of the Deaf.
• Kuifje75 (Deaf). (2006, December 7). Asian Countries in ASL [YouTube]. (video no longer extant)

Latvia »

Latvia (1) - Thumb of "L" in middle of chest turns down like LICENSE EXPIRE (upright, palm-out "L" swings down into palm-back "L" with index pointing down)

• 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.

Latvia (2) - Fingertips of palm-out open "NO" hand touch chin then transition into closed "NO" hand as the hand moves down to touch center of the chest

• Jordaan, Braam. (Director). (2011). Sipho the Lion [DVD]. South Africa.

Lebanon »

Lebanon - Fingertips of both open "NO" hands make contact then close and pull apart. Repeat three times. Variation - use a flat "C" to flat "O" handshape with the same motion. Reminiscent of the tree shape on the flag

• 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.
• Umberger, Larry (Deaf). Baylor University, Waco, Texas.
• ArabicSignLanguage. (2010, November 6). Arabic Sign Language لغة لإشارة [YouTube].
• Hassan, Nabil Mohammed. (2007). Arab indicative dictionary. Retrieved August 7, 2009
• Jordaan, Braam. (Director). (2011). Sipho the Lion [DVD]. South Africa.
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Lebanon (variation) - Palm-back "5" in front of the chin pulls down into flat "O" with fingertips up, then both flat "C"s touch at the fingertips and close into flat "O"s as they pull apart to each respective side simultaneously

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

Beirut (Arab/Saudi sign) - "12" flicks twice at temple

• 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.

Lesotho »

Lesotho - similar to signing SQUID in front of the forehead (loose C-claw handshape transitions into flat O handshape twice)

• Jordaan, Braam. (Director). (2011). Sipho the Lion [DVD]. South Africa.

Liberia »

Liberia - The palm-out "L" dominant hand taps twice on the back of the palm-down "S" fist hand/non-dominant sign; Variation - palm-out "L" dominant hand taps twice on the back of the palm-down "B" hand/non-dominant sign

• Hudspeth, Tom (Deaf and Hard of Hearing Minister at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church). (2010). Email communication about his conversation with Edward Cheah, a Deaf Gallaudet student from Liberia.
• Jordaan, Braam. (Director). (2011). Sipho the Lion [DVD]. South Africa.

Libya »

Libya - "B" hand fingertips touch cheek, pull down the side of the cheek [once or] twice

• ArabicSignLanguage. (2010, November 6). Arabic Sign Language لغة لإشارة [YouTube].
• Bar-Tzur, David. (n.d.). Indigenous signs for countries by region. Retrieved August 6, 2009 from The Interpreter's Friend website.
• 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.

Tarables - Tip of thumb on extended "A" touches top of closed "5"

• Hassan, Nabil Mohammed. (2007). Arab indicative dictionary. Retrieved August 7, 2009.

Liechtenstein »

Liechtenstein - Motion like SIDEKICK (base of right "B" hand touches palm of left "B" palm-back with fingertips pointing right; right hand swivels up so that fingertips are straight up) "L" swipes up into "S"

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

Lithuania »

Lithuania - Horizontal [loose] "H" over opposite eyebrow arcs slightly down and across the eyebrows to the dominant eyebrow. (May be seen with the "H" fingers bending toward the end.)

• 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. • Bar-Tzur, David. (n.d.). Indigenous signs for countries by region. Retrieved August 6, 2009 from The Interpreter's Friend website.
• European Sign Language Center. (2010). Spread the Sign. [Video File] Retrieved August 2014. • Jordaan, Braam. (Director). (2011). Sipho the Lion [DVD]. South Africa.

Luxembourg »

Luxembourg (1) - (French sign) bent "V" hands with thumbs extended tap twice at the knuckles of aligned index and middle fingers

• European Sign Language Center. (2010). Spread the Sign. [Video File] Retrieved December 16, 2010.
• Kuifje75 (Deaf). (2006, December 5). European Countries in ASL [YouTube] (video no longer extant).

Luxembourg (2) - Elbow of "B" hand rests on other "B" like TREE (elbow of "B" hand touches rests on palm-down "B") then moves like FOREST (many TREES) only horizontally to the back

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

Luxembourg (3) - (Czech Republic sign) Circle palm-out "L" to the side of the torso (like LIBRARY)

• European Sign Language Center. (2010). Spread the Sign. [Video File] Retrieved December 16, 2010.

Luxembourg (4) - (German sign) "L" twists at the wrist back and forth repeatedly

• European Sign Language Center. (2010). Spread the Sign. [Video File] Retrieved December 16, 2010.

Luxembourg (5) - (Arab/Saudi sign) "L" hand palm out moves left to right to left in front of the torso

• 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.

Luxembourg (6) - (Hungarian sign) Palm-forward dominant "L" is held up at the dominant side then transitions down into index finger that crosses over the other index finger to make an X shape with both index fingertips angled upward.

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