How to use this website

1. Have you viewed the introduction?

2. The next step is to look through the Topics list.

  • Each topic is introduced by Bridget demonstrating the signs used in the following scene, in which a parent and a baby or toddler communicate in NZSL. Bridget then repeats the signs and provides helpful tips on how to communicate visually with babies and toddlers.
  • Each topic introduces about 15 signs and is about 5 minutes in length. Seeing the signs repeated helps you to learn and slowly build your vocab. Watch the whole topic before moving on to another one.
  • The topics are designed so that you can watch them in any order you like. We suggest you pick one topic each week and watch it a few times before moving to the next one.
  • Bridget’s introductory sections are voiced-over and captioned. This can be turned on and off. You might want to start with the voice-over turned on. As you learn the signs and gain confidence try watching with the voice-over turned off. NZSL is a wholly visual language and turning the voice-overs off can help you to focus on the visual subtleties of signing.

3. After having watched a topic, you can view individual signs covered in that topic. Click on the links in the ‘vocabulary’ list.

4. You can also use the A-Z index for quick reference to refresh your learning.


The material on this website was originally produced as a DVD by Handmade Productions Aotearoa, who allowed it to be re-purposed for the website. The following people and organisations contributed to the project:

Children: James Whale, Wairongo Ihimaera, Millie Wolffram and Phoebe Unwin, and their parents: Kate Lyde and John Whale, Kirsten Smiler and Noel Woods, Hilary Unwin and Andrew Dalziel, Victoria Manning and Paul Wolffram.

Presenter: Bridget Ferguson

Concept developers: Rachel McKee, David McKee, Bridget Ferguson, Oliver Ferguson, Victoria Manning, Paul Wolffram

Website: Daniel Harborne, Micky Vale, Sara Pivac Alexander

Funders: Ministry of Education, Deaf Aotearoa NZ, J R McKenzie Deaf Development Fund, Victoria University of Wellington