Communication across a language barrier among foreigners...

The visual communication is greatly beneficial for communicating with foreigners or people with different languages and/or communication modes.

Foreign travellers, immigrants, and refugees can cross a language barrier, using various visual communication modes, such as: full-fledged sign languages, International Sign, body language, gestures, and/or even drawing!

International Sign

International Sign Language (previously known as old term, "Gestuno") is an artificially devised sign language.

Gestuno is to Deaf as Esperanto is to Hearing.

Contrary to the popular belief, a sign Language itself is not a universal language.

Like spoken languages, sign languages around the world are entirely different.

International Sign is composed of vocabulary signs from different sign languages that Deaf people agreed to use at international events and meeting.

Who and Why...

The "unification" of sign languages was discussed at the World Congress of the WFD (World Federation of the Deaf) in Rome, Italy, in 1951 before the "Gestuno" was first termed.

Gestuno is roughly an Italian word for "oneness of sign languages".

The International Sign helps Deaf officials, as well as as well as some culturally Deaf individuals and athletes, communicate at ease at international level meetings, conventions, games and such.

Many fluent sign language interpreters also find themselves communicate with other foreign interpreters easier than without sign languages.

Those who do not know signs sometimes find themselves using gestures and/or mimes with other foreigners in a foreign country.
The International Sign has been developed by Deaf people at the international events, such as World Congress of the WFD and World Games for the Deaf. The signs were selectively loaned from different sign languages around the world.
For example, see how three signs for "government" from three different sign languages are comparable. Which one of those below would you understand most easily?


Mostly, native or fluent signers would point to the third one which is more iconic with the 'crown' and its association with the Scandinavian governments.

Thus, this sign was selected for "government" in the International Sign.