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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Site News   |  Thursday, November 27, 2014

By Jillian Winn


  

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SAVE 25% ON 1-YEAR and 3-YEAR INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIPS


Use promo code: THANKYOU2014


This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for your support!

Thank you for being part of the Signing Savvy community of users. Thank you for using Signing Savvy, giving us your praise, and recommending Signing Savvy to others.

We especially want to thank those with full membership. In addition to accessing the full member features (such as unlimited searching, the ability to create word lists, practice through digital flash cards and quizzes, use of the mobile Apps, etc.), membership helps us continue to add more sign videos, content, and features to the site.

We offer free access to all of our signs. 

We are passionate about sign language education and increasing communication through the use of sign language. Any one can visit the Signing Savvy website or create a Registered Guest account for free. We offer free access to all of our signs through browsing and limited searches because we want everyone to have access to learn sign language.

But, membership provides much more...

Signing Savvy membership provides unrestricted, full access to all Signing Savvy features. There are many benefits to full membership, including unlimited searching, larger videos, the ability to create wordlists, use digital flashcards and quizzing, access to use our mobile app, and more. Learn about all of the features.

Why is there a cost for membership?

We hope that those that love to use Signing Savvy and want to take advantage of the member features would become full members in order to help support us. We would not be able to offer these features and maintain them (or even have the Signing Savvy website) without charging for membership.  There is a cost to creating, maintaining, and growing the website - equipment, software, hardware, hosting, and staff costs. We're always working to improve Signing Savvy, add to our content, and enhance our features - our work is never done!

Love Signing Savvy?

Please consider becoming a member today or purchasing a gift of membership for friends and family this holiday season to support our continued effort to improve Signing Savvy and make it the best sign language resource.

If you can’t afford membership at this time, please continue to use the free features of Signing Savvy, consider becoming a member in the future, putting membership on your holiday wish list, and help spread the word by recommending Signing Savvy to others.

We have a recommendation program and easy graphic links you can use to link to us.  You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter or Pinterest.


Sale valid Thursday, November 27, 2014 12:01 AM through Monday, December 1, 2014 11:59 PM. Use promo code: THANKYOU2014 for individual or gift memberships for 1-year and 3-year terms (if you currently have a membership, the new membership time will be added to your account in addition to any membership time you already have).

 

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Tips for Rhyming in Sign Language

Site News   |  Tuesday, September 30, 2014

By John Miller

Every year around this time, I get a message or two from teachers and interpreters of deaf children asking how to best convey the concept of rhymes to their students.  Rhyming is a very common curriculum goal in many, if not all early childhood education programs throughout the United States and Canada.

The problem often with rhyming is that many of the words are made-up and, therefore, they have no sign.  We all know that words that have no sign should be fingerspelled if you follow proper ASL rules.  You can fingerspell these nonsense words, but that isn’t always very interesting for the young deaf child to watch and doesn’t accurately convey the concept of rhyming words.

I stumbled upon this great video of Austin W. Andrews, an ASL storyteller also known as Awti, describing how to rhyme in sign language. He uses the classic nursery rhyme “Hey Diddle Diddle” as an example and does an excellent job of explaining how to handle rhyming when signing.

Some of Awti's great rhyming pointers include:

  • Rhyming in English focuses on words that sound the same.  ASL doesn’t use sound, so to use the principle of rhyming in ASL, signs should look the same. 
  • Rhyming is also based on repetition - repeating similar sounds in English to create an audible rhythm.  Do the same thing in ASL by repeating similar signs to create a visual rhythm. Use movement, handshape, location, palm orientation, or other components of signs to create repetition and a visual rhythm. 
  • Stay true to the meaning of the rhyme, but don’t get caught up in delivering a direct translation of each word. To sign, “Hey Diddle Diddle,” Awti signs HI (for “Hey”) and then uses swinging arms for DIDDLE that mimic the movement of FIDDLE in the next line of the rhyme. Swimming arms may not be an ASL sign, but “Diddle” has little meaning in English as well and the point of rhyming is to establish a pattern, rhythm, and repetition (whether audible in English or visual in ASL). 

Watch the short video to see Awti’s rhyming example in action. The video has no audio, but is captioned. If you are a fluent signer, you will not have a problem understanding the signing in the video, and that is actually the best way to watch it.  If you aren’t a fluent signer yet (notice I said YET), then I suggest you watch the video a few times, first reading the captions so that you get the gist of the video and then go back and watch it again, focusing on the sign.

To turn the captions on, click the "CC" button at the bottom of the video.

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Start the School Year off Right with "Back to School" Animated Lessons!

Site News   |  Sunday, August 24, 2014

By Jillian Winn

Getting back into the routine of a new school year can be a challenge, but we’ve created 12 special “Back to School” instructional animations featuring sign language to help students make a smooth transition into the new 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.

We are so confident that you will be successful with these “Back to School” instructional animations that we are offering a free trial for 30 days! (offer expires September 12, 2014) Register for the free "Back to School" program today.

Learn about the "Back to School" program:

The 12 “Back to School” lessons include:

  • Pay Attention When the Teacher is Teaching
  • Keep Your Hands to Yourself
  • Raise Your Hand and Wait to Be Called On
  • Know Which School Supplies to Take Home
  • Line Up Quietly
  • Always Tell the Truth
  • Respect Other People's Stuff
  • Know How to Handle Bullying
  • Be Quiet When Walking in the Halls
  • Respect Others On the Playground
  • Use Polite Words
  • Ask the Teacher for Help

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.

Start your school year off right with the WonderGrove Learn "Back to School" animated lessons featuring sign language by Signing Savvy! 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 Announces New Sign Language Advisory Board Members

Site News   |  Tuesday, August 19, 2014

By Jillian Winn

We’re happy to announce the addition of two new members to our Sign Language Advisory Board.

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. Our new advisory board members include:

Donalda Ammons

Donalda Ammons

Donalda Ammons, born to all deaf family and raised in Washington D.C., is Professor Emerita at Gallaudet University. She has a doctorate in higher education/foreign language education and taught for 31 years at Gallaudet. She continues to contribute as an author of numerous articles on Deaf culture and sports, published in various professional journals and books. Dr. Ammons has traveled to present papers and conduct workshops relating to human rights for deaf people, deaf sports, and political and educational leadership. Learn more about Donalda...

Diane Morton

Diane Morton

Diane Dyer Morton, hearing of Deaf parents, has been using American Sign Language on a daily basis for over 50 years in various settings within the Deaf community.  She was a School Psychologist and Administrator at the California School for the Deaf, Fremont, and later a full professor in the Counseling Department at Gallaudet University. Certified by RID in 1980, she has also served as an interpreter in local, national and international settings. Learn more about Diane...

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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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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