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COSTA RICA: What sign languages are used in Costa Rica?

This article can help you answer the following questions:


Where is Costa Rica?


How many Deaf / Hard of Hearing people are in Costa Rica?

There are an estimated 168,100 Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Costa Rica.

This percentage is a rough estimation: 3.3% of the general population. Lack of research make estimating these numbers difficult. The World Health Organization estimates 5% of the world population has significant hearing loss. Keep in mind that developing nations typically have a much higher number of Deaf and Hard of Hearing populations.


What sign languages are used in Costa Rica?

  • Costa Rican Sign Language (American Sign Language Dialect)

  • Bribri Sign Language

  • Brunca Sign Language

  • Old Costa Rican Sign Language (extinct)

Written / spoken languages in Costa Rica:

  • Spanish

  • Maléku

  • Cabécar

  • Bribri

  • Guaymí

  • Buglere

  • Guna


How do you say Costa Rica in sign language?


Where can I learn Costa Rican Sign Language online?

This language is not yet available. If you would like to learn this language, please request it here:

InterSign University offers many international sign language courses. Check them out here:


What Deaf organizations are located in Costa Rica?

Description: Works to promote the rights of deaf people by recognizing and using Costa Rican Sign Language (LESCO) and to promote the right to access communication and information, education, and diverse cultural and recreational activities.

Source: Gallaudet


Additional sign language resources for Costa Rica

We will update this section as more information becomes available.


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