Silent Languages

December 6, 2016


In #learning languages for #work, #travel, or pleasure, many people focus on #spoken languages such as #French, #Spanish, or #English. But what are silent languages? I’m referring to the languages of the Deaf, #signed languages. Although these languages do not have the same popularity among #learners and language #institutions and are much less #studied, they are still worthy of learning.


If you are planning to stay in a #country for an extended period of time then it might be worth your time to learn a signed language, especially if you plan to work with language or in the #medical field. Some of the most widely known signed languages include #American Sign, #British Sign, and #Chinese Sign, each has its own #dialect.


Planning to move to the #United Kingdom, but don’t have a particular #career in mind yet? Consider learning British and American Sign and being a #trilingual interpreter (American and British Sign are not mutually intelligible, unlike British and American #English which are mutually intelligible among #speakers)!


Learning a signed language is just as rewarding for work, pleasure, and travel as learning a spoken a language. So as you learn #French, #German, or another spoken language, why not learn a signed language too!

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