How do deaf people communicate?

The deaf people use speech reading and manual communication to communicate. Speech reading, also known as lip reading, involves understanding what is said by watching the movements of the speaker's mouth, face and body. In manual communication, people use hands to communicate. It usually involves both finger spelling and sign languages.

Finger spelling has different hand signals representing each letter of the alphabet. In sign language, the hand signals represent objects and ideas. Sign language is used throughout the world.