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HONG KONG: What sign languages are used in Hong Kong?

This article can help you answer the following questions:


Where is Hong Kong?


How many Deaf / Hard of Hearing people are in Hong Kong?

There are an estimated 247,400 Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Hong Kong.

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 Hong Kong?

  • 香港手語 (Hong Kong Sign Language, HKSL)

Written / spoken languages in Hong Kong:

  • English

  • Cantonese

  • Native Yue dialects

  • Hakka

  • Minnan Chinese

  • Taishanese

  • Shanghainese

  • Mandarin


How do you say Hong Kong in sign language?


Where can I learn Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong?

Hong Kong Association of the Deaf

Hong Kong Society for the Deaf

Hong Kong Host Lions Centre for the Deaf

The Hong Kong Occupational Deafness Association

Tseung Kwan O Multi-services Centre

Deaf Schools in Hong Kong

Source: Gallaudet


Additional sign language resources for Hong Kong

We will update this section as more information becomes available.

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