Country Signs


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

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z


Réunion »

Réunion - CHANCE/DESERVE (open "5" swoops down onto palm-up "B" then transitions into "S" fist as it makes a parabola motion up and toward the body)

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

Romania »

Romania (1) - Like MEIOSIS ("5" fingers match up and touch at fingertips, then move opposite each other into flat "O" hands) signed once or twice

• Bar-Tzur, David. (n.d.). Indigenous signs for countries by region. Retrieved August 6, 2009 from The Interpreter's Friend website.
• 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.
LSF Plus: Un dictionnaire? Mais bien plus! (n.d.). [French] Countries, Regions, Departments, Cities. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
• Walker, Steven (Gallaudet Deaf Interpreter). (n.d.). American Sign Language for Countries and Geographical Areas. Retreived from Needs Outreach website.
Yomma Schäfer & Sequeira Gerardo GbR. (2016, June 14). Euro 2016: Namen der Länder in Gebärdensprache [Video file]. Retrieved from YouTube

Romania (1 variation) - (Hungarian sign) "5" hand wraps around fingertips of flat "O" hand then pulls off toward dominant side into a flat "O". Repeat for a double motion.

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

Romania (2) - The thumb and index finger form a modified C and then move across the body from the non-dominant shoulder to the dominant waist. The fingertips of the thumb and forefinger are pointed toward the body.

• Bar-Tzur, David. (n.d.). Indigenous signs for countries by region. Retrieved August 6, 2009 from The Interpreter's Friend website.
• 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.

Romania (3) - Use "B" hand with extended thumb to move across the body from the non-dominant shoulder to the dominant waist.

• ArabicSignLanguage. (2010, November 6). Arabic Sign Language لغة لإشارة [YouTube].

Russia »

Russia (Old ASL) - Thumb tips of both "5" hands alternate touching at the hip, palms face back

• Granada, José (2007). Cities, States, and Countries [DVD]. United States: Filmsmith Productions.
• Kuifje75 (Deaf). (2006, December 7). Asian Countries in ASL [YouTube]. (video no longer extant)

Russia (New ASL/Indigenous) - Index lies flat on the chin then pushes down off the chin toward non-dominant side (may be done repeatedly); Variation (1) - index lies flat on the chin then pulls toward dominant-side of chin. Variation (2) - index lies flat on the chin then pulls off the dominant-side of chin and moves forward with a forward twist of the wrist (reminiscent of wiping the Vodka off a beard)

• ArabicSignLanguage. (2010, November 6). Arabic Sign Language لغة لإشارة [YouTube].
• Granada, José (2007). Cities, States, and Countries [DVD]. United States: Filmsmith Productions.
• 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.
• 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

Russia (Auslan) - Claw "C" fingertips touch at ear and brush down cheek toward chin

• Auslan Signbank. (n.d.). Auslan Signbank Dictionary. Retreived July 21, 2014.

Russia (Hungarian sign) - Tip of index finger touches dominant side of the nose and lightly twists back and forth at the wrist.

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

Rwanada »

Rwanda (1) - "R" (palm out, fingertips up) touch nose with backside of hand

• Bar-Tzur, David. (n.d.). Indigenous signs for countries by region. Retrieved August 6, 2009 from The Interpreter's Friend website.

Rwanda (2) - GORILLA ("A" hands alternately beat on the chest by the respective shoulders)

• 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.