Why Learn Basic NZSL?
In New Zealand we have three languages:
English (de facto Official)
Maori - Te Reo (Official 1987)
New Zealand Sign Language - NZSL (Official 2006).
With Te Reo, we all know some basic words like kia ora, ka pai and haere mai so...
"A different language is a different vision of life" - Federico Fellini.
Sign Equity is here to help!
Expand your mind and become more confident in yourself
Learn a visual form of communication.
...we think basic NZSL should be taught to all members of the community to support those that use it.
A society where everybody can communicate their basic
requirements for everyday needs!
Our vision is for the Deaf and hearing communities of Christchurch and ideally, the rest of New Zealand, to communicate more easily together.
At Sign Equity, our goal is to teach basic NZSL and Deaf Culture to as many people in Christchurch (or where NZSL is needed) as possible. We would like the Deaf community and other NZSL users to have access to their language when communicating with others.
“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein
Knowing the basics of NZSL will forever be a useful tool. Maybe you already know of someone who uses NZSL in their daily life - they could be a family member, friend or colleague. You may work somewhere and wish to communicate with a client who frequents your workplace? The possibilities are endless....
We also cater to businesses, small groups & community groups.
In New Zealand
According to the 2013 New Zealand Health & Disability Survey, done through Statistics New Zealand, there are 380,000 people with a hearing loss. 219,000 males and 161,000 females.
In Christchurch alone, 10% of the population have some form of hearing loss.
The 2018 Census states there are 22, 986 NZSL users in the country, up from 20,235 in 2013
Sign language is not only used by Deaf people, but also other people who are unable to use their voice or simply prefer to communicate in NZSL.
Communication is one of the most basic human right
and is being overlooked by a huge part of
the New Zealand community.
Why Learn NZSL?
“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”
– Frank Smith
Our course introduces you to New Zealand's beautiful non-verbal language, NZSL.
This course teaches you the very basics:
Information on Deaf culture
The fingerspelling alphabet
Greetings and responses
We also discuss with you, words you use everyday, family, hobbies, sports, work etc. and include some of these signs into your programme.
As our courses are tailored to what you require, we are unable to post prices online.
Contact us and once we know exactly what you require, we can send you a free, no obligation quote.
We are able to teach 1 - on - 1 or you could organise a group of friends (up to 10 people max) in a relaxed group setting at one of your homes. You can then split the cost between you all.
If you think NZSL may be beneficial to the business you work in, show the person you work for, our 'What We Offer - Businesses' page.
Sign Equity is here to help!