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Colours in Sign Language – Video & Image Included

Lead Academy
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It is hard to imagine a life without colour. The truth is that none of us truly understands how another individual sees colour. We all probably see colours slightly differently, in various tones, hues, and shades.

So, today we will learn different types of ‘Colours’ in Sign Language.

As you know that there are different sign languages, but we’ll just discuss British Sign Language or BSL today. If you’re not familiar with BSL, it’s the language that the deaf community or those hard of hearing uses for communication in Great Britain.

So, let’s begin. 

Colours in Sign Language

Before going on to the presentation itself, there are a few things you should know. Take a look at them:

  • Unlike several other visual languages, such as American Sign Language or ASL, BSL is a two-handed language. Despite having the same verbal language, they use different sign languages.
  • When learning BSL, the terms “dominant hand” and “non-dominant hand” will be used. If you are right-handed, this hand is your dominant one. Your non-dominant hand is your left one. The base hand is another name for it.

With that said, let’s get back to our main discussion: how to say “Colours” in BSL?

First, please check out the video presented below:

Now, please follow the steps outlined below:

BSL interpreter sitting in a normal posture

  • Start with a normal posture.

British sign language interpreter with raised left hand and signing Colours

  • Raise your right hand.
  • Now bend the thumb and index finger of your right hand as shown in the above picture.
  • Say the word as you’re signing it.

So, that’s the first version of the word. Let’s now see the second version. This is the two-handed version of the word.

British sign language interpreter sitting

  • Start with a normal posture again.

BSL interpreter with right hand raised

  • Raise both of your hands.

BSL interpreter signing Colours

  • Keep moving your hands like in the above picture.
  • Say the word as you’re signing it.

If you want to learn about different colours in sign language, you can check the following blogs Blue in Sign Language, Red in Sign Language, and Yellow in Sign Language.


So, that’s how we say Colours in sign language. As you can see, there are two versions of the word. One of them needs both our hands to sign while the other one doesn’t. This is why visibility is key in sign language, especially BSL, where there are a lot of words that need both our hands to sign.

If your audience can’t clearly see you, they’ll get confused or worse, misinterpret the word for something offensive. Always keep a smile on your face too. You’ll quickly establish a connection with your audience with just a simple, sweet smile.

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