All the Colours

When I think of rainbows, my hands begin to sign. One of my first lessons in sign language was to learn that Rainbow Song.

Red and yellow and pink and green, purple and orange and blue, I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow too.

I first learnt it in Signed English which was taught in Australia up until the late 1980s. After that date,  Australian Sign Language came to the fore. AUSLAN is more difficult to learn than signed English and I have struggled to make the shift. 

Some people ask me why sign language isn’t international. That question seems rather odd: it’s a bit like asking why English isn’t international. Each country’s own sign language evolved in the same way as spoken language, influenced by different cultural roots and traditions. At last there is an online signed AUSLAN dictionary with video representations of 4515 words. Try this dictionary, pick any word and you could begin to learn Auslan today.

This post was inspired by the Daily Post’s photographic prompt, ROY. G. BIV, a strange acronym which stands for the colours of the rainbow. My rainbow-hued photos were taken in a trinket shop in Sanur, Bali then in Pemuteran, Bali For my son Jack.