Ho Chi Minh City Sign
Saigon Sign
Native toVietnam
Signers45,000 (2015)[1]
(SE Asian sign area)
Language codes
ISO 639-3hos
ELPHo Chi Minh City Sign Language

Ho Chi Minh City Sign Language (HCMCSL), also known as Sai Gon Sign Language, is the language of many deaf communities in the south of Vietnam. Research on this sign language started when James Woodward came to Ha Noi in 1997 to do research about sign languages in Vietnam.[2] It is about 50% cognate with the other sign languages of Vietnam, and its vocabulary has been extensively influenced by the French Sign Language once taught in Vietnamese schools for the deaf.


  1. ^ Ho Chi Minh City Sign at Ethnologue (25th ed., 2022) Closed access icon
  2. ^ Woodward, James; Thi Hoa, Nguyen; Dinh Mong Giang, Nguyen; Thi Thu Huong, Le; Ngoc Tu, Luu; Thu Van, Ho (25 September 2015). "Ho Chi Minh City Sign Language". In Jepsen, Julie Bakken; Clerck, Goedele De; Lutalo-Kiingi, Sam; McGregor, William B. (eds.). Sign Languages of the World. De Gruyter. doi:10.1515/9781614518174-021. ISBN 9781614518174.