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ERITREA: What sign languages are used in Eritrea?

This article can help you answer the following questions:


Where is Eritrea?


How many Deaf / Hard of Hearing people are in Eritrea?

There are an estimated 117,000 Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Eritrea.

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 Eritrea?

  • Eritrean Sign Language (EriSL)

Written / spoken languages in Eritrea:

  • Tigrinya

  • Tigre

  • Kunama

  • Bilen

  • Nara

  • Saho

  • Afar

  • Beja

  • Arabic

  • English

  • Italian


How do you say Eritrea in sign language?


Where can I learn Eritrean 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 Eritrea?

Source: Gallaudet


Additional sign language resources for Eritrea

We will update this section as more information becomes available.


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