An ASL Dictionary

Signing Savvy is a sign language dictionary containing several thousand high resolution videos of American Sign Language (ASL) signs, fingerspelled words, and other common signs used within the United States and Canada.

And Much More!

Signing Savvy is an ideal resource to use while you learn sign language. It includes the ability to view large sign videos, build your own word lists and share them with others, create virtual flash cards and quizzes, print signs, build sign phrases, ...and more

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Signing Savvy announces new Sign Language Advisory Board

Site News   |  Monday, March 24, 2014

By Jillian Winn

When we set out over six years ago to create Signing Savvy, we had a vision to create the most comprehensive online sign language resource for educators, interpreters, students, or anyone interested in American Sign Language. Recently, we formed a Sign Language Advisory Board. The advisory board advises Signing Savvy on sign language matters and provides guidance to help Signing Savvy accomplish the company's mission and goals.
 
The growing Sign Language Advisory Board is made up of thought leaders who have a deep subject manner expertise in sign language and are leaders in their respective fields. Our goal is to have a diverse advisory board with various backgrounds and experience to provide a wide range of advice and expertise. We are happy to announce our first three advisory board members:
 

Marta Belsky

Marta Belsky is a third generation ASL user. She has been teaching ASL for 20 years and enjoys sharing her native language with new users. Marta is interested in working with Signing Savvy to help share American Sign Language with people across the country, she said “It is important to me that people learn the language the ‘right’ way and learn about Deaf Culture at the same time – you can’t have one without the other!” Learn more about Marta…
 

Brenda Cartwright

Brenda Cartwright is a seasoned interpreter, a master teacher, well known presenter, and author of several best selling sign language and interpreting textbooks from the RID Press. For the last 30 years Brenda has been the Director of the Sign Language Interpreter Program at Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan. Brenda hopes to help improve Signing Savvy while using it as a resource for her interpreter training program. Learn more about Brenda...
 

R. Ben Roux

R. Ben Roux has a background in advocacy, Information Technology and software development. He is the Advisory Board Chairman of the City of Boston Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities. Ben is interested in working with Signing Savvy because he is committed to advocacy and service to others, especially the deaf, hard of hearing and people with disabilities. These initiatives are particularly meaningful to Ben as he is profoundly deaf. Learn more about Ben...
 
 
Together with these thought leaders we will continue improving Signing Savvy.  Watch for future blog articles from our advisory board members and for upcoming announcements from us on improvements being made to Signing Savvy based on feedback from them.  As always, we welcome suggestions and feedback from you, our members and users.
 
 

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Give the Gift of Signing

Site News   |  Thursday, December 19, 2013

By Jillian Winn

The holiday season is just around the corner and if you are like me, the thought of "who to get what" is on your mind.  A Signing Savvy membership is a unique, thoughtful, and valuable gift to offer to your friends, family, or colleagues.

In the last few years, we have received numerous requests for the ability to purchase Signing Savvy Gift Memberships.  Well, now you can!

How does it work?

When you purchase a gift membership, you will receive an Activation Code (and activation instructions) that you can email or print to include in a card or wrap up as part of a gift. The receiver of the gift will be able to use the Activation Code to gain full access to all of the Signing Savvy features. The gift membership will begin once the gift receiver activates it.

The gift that gives back.

Similar to our recommendation program, as an added bonus for purchasing the gift and giving it to someone else, you will receive time toward a full membership in return! How does it work?

  Membership Gift Purchased   What You Receive***
3-Year Membership 60 days of full membership
12-Month Membership 30 days of full membership
4-Month Membership 10 days of full membership
1-Month Membership 5 days of full membership

If you already have a full membership, the time will be added on to your membership. If you don't yet have a full membership, you will once you purchase the gift. The more gifts you give, the more you receive.

*** NOTE: You do not receive the bonus days if you gift the membership to yourself.

Get your shopping done early!

Purchase a Signing Savvy Gift Membership today and give the gift of signing.

 

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Start the school year off right with "Back to School" animated lessons!

Site News   |  Thursday, August 29, 2013

By Jillian Winn

We have partnered with WonderGrove Kids once again to create animated lessons using sign language videos from Signing Savvy designed specifically for helping kids jump back into the school year. Crafted by educators, the “Back to School” lessons are designed for Pre-K, Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade and include common core extension lessons, active learning tools, and practice exercises to provide a comprehensive tool to teach 12 vital school behaviors during the first 4 weeks of school.

Watch the first Back to School episode:

Research shows:

  • Teaching and reinforcing appropriate proper behavior in children during the first weeks of school encourages better behavior throughout the entire school year.  
  • Children form emotional relationships with animated characters and children’s feelings about characters improve their learning.
  • American Sign Language (ASL) is the language created and used by the Deaf in the United States, Canada, parts of Mexico, and some other parts of the world.
  • Signs help everyone! Signs help children and adults understand and remember the concepts represented by words. Signs make learning a new word or concept easier.

Parents and educators get the new “Back to School” instructional animations, plus common core extension lessons, active learning tools, and practice exercises for FREE when you purchase an annual subscription to the “New” WonderGrove Kids (offer expires Oct 1, 2013).

The 12 “Back to School” lessons include:

  • Understand the Basic School Rules
  • Raise Your Hand and Wait to Be Called On
  • Pay Attention When the Teacher is Teaching
  • Know How to Handle Bullying
  • Line Up Quietly
  • Be Quiet When Walking in the Halls
  • Ask the Teacher for Help
  • Use Polite Words
  • Keep Your Hands to Yourself
  • Know Which School Supplies to Take Home

Learn about the "Back to School" program:

Start your school year off right with the WonderGrove Kids program! The animations are a fun way for children to learn and practice sign language vocabulary, while specifically designed to fit well with an Early Childhood Curriculum - they are perfect for daily use in the home or classroom.

 

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Signing Savvy Member App now available on Kindle Fire via Amazon App Store

Site News   |  Saturday, March 9, 2013

By Jillian Winn

Signing Savvy AppThe Signing Savvy Member App is now available on the Amazon App Store. Having the app on the Amazon App Store makes it easier to install the app on Kindle Fire devices. The Signing Savvy Member App has been available on the Apple App Store for iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices for some time, so we are excited to be able to offer it on the Amazon App Store now as well.

The Signing Savvy Member App is for Signing Savvy full members.  If you are not yet a full member, you can still use the app to easily check the Sign of the Day on your mobile device.

The Signing Savvy Member App allows full members to search and browse signs and word lists, create word lists, and use digital flash cards.

NOTE: While you can access the full website through the browser on most of the mobile devices, the app presents a more streamlined mobile interface.

 

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Happy Birthday and Member App Update

Site News   |  Sunday, January 20, 2013

By Jillian Winn

We launched Signing Savvy in January 2009 with the goal of creating a comprehensive online sign language resource.  Over the last four years the site has grown dramatically in content, features, and usage.  We are so grateful for the support of all of our active users.  It is you, our users, that make Signing Savvy so special. We particularly are thankful for our full members who allow us to continue to grow and maintain the site and enhance its features.  As we celebrate the end of our fourth year, we are thrilled about the things to come in 2013 and beyond!

With that said, we are excited to announce that a new version of the Signing Savvy Member App for both Apple iOS devices and Android devices is now available. This long anticipated update addresses all known issues with the previous version, enhances the interface, adds additional sign information, and allows for searching of dates, times, and currency.  And, most notably, the app now takes advantage of the iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone 5 Retina display, and Android tablet display if you are on one of those devices.  The Signing Savvy Member App is for Signing Savvy full members.  If you are not yet a full member, you can still use the app to easily check the Sign of the Day on your mobile device.

Signing Savvy on Mobile

 

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