Learn how to greet someone
A simple hello can make someone’s day, so learn how to say ‘Kia ora, nice to meet you’ and more through the NZSL dictionary.
Understand why NZSL is important
To celebrate NZSL, you can check out some awesome videos of leaders from Aotearoa’s Deaf community sharing why NZSL is essential. Once you’ve watched them, give them a share and send your favourite videos to your family and friends!
Learn how to sign your name
Have a go at learning how to sign your name and then have fun with your whānau and friends by teaching them theirs! Find a PDF or watch a video of the NZSL alphabet and lots more information on the NZSL Week website.
Practise using NZSL in common situations
You can watch, learn and practise how to use NZSL in everyday situations through online modules on the Learn NZSL website, a free learning portal. Each module has videos, resources and exercises for each situation – ranging from how to sign about various topics, including your community, work, and tips for small talk.
Have fun learning NZSL through an interactive game
Sign Ninja is a super fun online game that helps you learn NZSL. The game is based on the true history of NZSL with the Sign Ninja player navigating their way through the NZSL labyrinth to find the Great Hall of Communication. You can play for free on computers, tablets and smart phones. Play the game on the Sign Ninja website.
Get the history on NZSL
Did you know that NZSL has been in use for over a century, but wasn’t made an official language until 2006. In 2018, it was estimated that 3,000 to 4,000 deaf people used NZSL as their main language. Find out more about the history of the language on the Te Ara website.
Visit the NZSL Week website to see what events are coming up.