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Free Printable Sign Language Charts for Common Words

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 1

Free printable sign language charts for common words can help you a long way with communicating with somebody who is deaf. Sign language is a language invented by deaf people to be able to communicate with each other, although they cannot speak. We can see it as an actual language besides the languages we speak. Sign language is highly developed and can cover every word we have in the language as well.

But if you want to communicate with a deaf person, you may only need words you use the most, therefore you should get free printable sign language charts for common words.

Sign Language

Sign language has been around for a long time. Socrates already predicted it would happen: 'If we hadn't a voice or a tongue, and wanted to express things to one another, wouldn't we try to make signs by moving our hands, head and the rest of our body, just as dumb people do at present?'

An interesting thing about sign language is that it all got developed around school for deaf people, but not on these schools. The language developed among the deaf people, they created their own language to communicate with each other.

The thing with sign language is it is not a counterpart from the language spoken in that country, Mexican sign language is completely different from Spanish sign language, while Mexicans do speak Spanish! In the Netherlands the language signed in the North is different from the South, although the geographical distance is only 200 miles. This was because signing was illegal and therefore secret!

Free Printable Sign Language Charts for Most Common Words

Now you want to learn some basic knowledge about sign language to people? Or you want to gain some signs yourself? You may want to check out free printable sign language charts for the most common words. There are places to buy them of course, but there is no reason to spend money if them, because you are most likely to find them for free somewhere as well.

First of all you need to think of what you mean with the basic words. Do you mean the basic words you learn when you go on a holiday in another country? Or are you in a hospital and you want to communicate with your patients?


A quick search on Google will result in many hits already.

Free printable sign language charts for common words: questions

This image shows some of the most common questions. It is interesting to see that the sign for what is similar to what non-deaf people would use as a 'no-no'. Because of all of these differences it is of course important to learn this! Please note, this is only ASL (American Sign Language) charts, so if you are looking for another language you cannot use this image.

Furthermore, Google comes up with, most of all, a lot of charts for finger spelling. This is a great way to start your signing career, so no wonder. For the actual charts for common words you need to click a little further.

As the internet is expanding every second make sure to check every once in a while. You will find free printable sign language charts for common words you can use.

Other ways

But what if you need another language? And you are sure you cannot find anything on the internet? It will be necessary to find other ways. And there are sure other ways to get your charts anyway.

Find a deaf information center for instance. They sure provide workshops in sign language or even complete courses, therefore they probably have free sign language charts for common words. And if you contact them, they may even send you the file where they got them from so you can print them out.

If you don't have a deaf center around, check out a medical school or just the hospital out. A hospital serves patients of all kinds, so deaf people as well. And not every doctor knows sign language, although sign language basic courses are promoted, so charts are always around to use if a deaf patient comes around.


Hopefully you gained some knowledge on where to get your free printable sign language charts for common words.



Mar 28, 2012 7:39am
This post is unfortunately full of poor and flat out wrong information. I've been working as a professional American Sign Language Interpreter for eight years in upstate NY. The article, though trying to be helpful, I'm sure, has many unfortunate mistakes in it, and the free printable poster is absolutely dangerous! They are suggesting it's use for hospital patients! The signs are wrong. Their sign for "where" is "Here", "Why" is frightening! It actually looks like an angry guy saying "get out of here!", "How" is more along the lines of the sign for "scared", "When" looks more like "I have acne" and is nowhere near the right sign for when, "who" is the sign for "only" or "alone", and "what" is actually the sign for "where". Please, please, please, take this down! If a medical professional used this, chaos would ensue, not to mention, they could cause their patient harm.
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