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EL SALVADOR: What sign languages are used in El Salvador?

This article can help you answer the following questions:


Where is El Salvador?


How many Deaf / Hard of Hearing people are in El Salvador?

There are an estimated 214,040 Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the El Salvador.

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 El Salvador?

Written / spoken languages in El Salvador:

  • Spanish

  • Nawat (about 500 native speakers among Pipil people in the western part of the country)

  • Indigenous Languages:

  • Lenca

  • Cacaopera (extinct)

  • Mixe

  • Xinca

  • Poqomam

  • Ch'orti'

  • Arabic (among Palestinian Salvadorans)

  • English


How do you say El Salvador in sign language?


Where can I learn Salvadoran 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 El Salvador?

Asociación Salvadoreña de Sordo


Additional sign language resources for El Salvador

We will update this section as more information becomes available.

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