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Colombian Sign Language

Colombian Sign Language is a language used by an estimated 250,000 deaf Colombians .


The development of the signs have influences of Spanish sign language and American Sign Language. Also similarities with El Salvador signs have been noticed.


There are two sign language schools in Bogota (the first started in 1929), two in Medellin and one in Cali. Countrywide, three different institutions of support for deaf promotes the learning of the language. The national Committee for the sign language promotes the research in the area, distributes the manual alphabet for spelling and the Grammar Dictionary and supports the organization for sign language teachers. The national central of telecommunications TELECOM distributes a CD-ROM software for self-learning.


There is a growing interest for learning the sign language between the hearing people. Some schools use sign language in the classroom. Interpreters are provided at important public events, and for college students.

References and External links

Colombian sign language software available in : Lengua de Senas Colombianas (software). Division de Investigacion ITEC - TELECOM Colombia. http://www.c5.cl/ieinvestiga/actas/tise99/html/software/lenguassenas/

Videos of common words available in : Lengua de senas - Un lenguaje para conocer (Sign Language - A language to know). http://mail.colombiaaprende.edu.co:8080/recursos/lengua_senas/

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