Auslan interpreter Mark Cave became an internet sensation recently. Footage of him interpreting during the Cyclone Marcia warnings were viewed widely through social media. The video below is also doing the rounds, where Mark shares some of his knowledge of Auslan.

He says:

A lot of people don’t know that Auslan is a real language, like French or Mandarin. It’s not based on English. The facial expressions, the speed, the way you produce signs are all similar to intonation in spoken languages.