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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 Host Lions Centre for the Deaf

Tseung Kwan O Multi-services Centre

Source: Gallaudet


Additional sign language resources for Hong Kong

We will update this section as more information becomes available.


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