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 signs, build word lists and share them with others, create digital flash cards and quizzes, view asl sentences, get tutoring, ...and more

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Thanksgiving Sale 2020: Thanksgiving and Black Friday to Cyber Monday

By Jillian Winn  |  Monday, November 23, 2020

                 

THANKSGIVING SALE 2020

THANKSGIVING & Black Friday to Cyber Monday sale

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


Use promo code: THANKYOU2020


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!

Love Signing Savvy?

Please consider becoming a member today or purchasing a gift of membership for friends and family this holiday season to gain all the benefits of full membership and to support our continued effort to improve Signing Savvy and make it a sign language learning resource you can trust.

What does membership provide?

Signing Savvy membership provides unrestricted, full access to all Signing Savvy features. In addition to SEEING NO ADS and unlimited access to the full member features (such as seeing example sentences signed, use of our mobile apps, the ability to create word lists, practice through digital flash cards and quizzes, sign descriptions, memory aids, access to all the articles, etc.), purchasing membership helps us continue to add more sign videos, content, and features to the site. Learn about all of the features.

Members also receive a discount on our ASL One-on-One Sessions

Whether you lack local resources where you can meet and sign with others, like the convenience of online sessions to better match your schedule, or want to work with a signing expert who can create a session that best meets your goals and objectives — we are here to help! We offer one-on-one tutoring sessions with one of our signing experts. Each session is 30-minutes long and takes place online through video chat. Learn more about Savvy Tutoring.

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 labor costs. We're always working to improve Signing Savvy, add to our content, and enhance our features - our work is never done!

We offer free access to some features.

We are passionate about sign language education and increasing communication through the use of sign language. Anyone can visit the Signing Savvy website or create a Registered Guest account for free (we do not ask for any credit card information when you sign up for a free Registered Guest Account). We offer free access to our signs and some other features because we want everyone to have access to learn sign language.

Public access is partially supported by ads.  If you are not a Signing Savvy member, you should be able to watch 3 sign videos per day before video ads are displayed. If you don’t want to see any ads ever, you can become a Signing Savvy member to have all ads turned off (both video ads and banner/sidebar ads).

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, put membership on your holiday wish list, and help spread the word by recommending Signing Savvy to others. We have a recommendation program and graphic links you can use to link to us to potentially earn free membership.

Educators can also get a free month!

We are here to support educators in a variety of ways. 

In addition to the Thanksgiving Sale, we have a program where we are providing a free 1-month Signing Savvy membership for K-12 and higher education educators! YOU CAN APPLY FOR THE FREE 1 MONTH EDUCATOR ACCOUNT AND ALSO USE THE THANKSGIVING PROMO TO PURCHASE MEMBERSHIP AT A DISCOUNTED RATE. We offer the free 1-month membership to help teachers explore how Signing Savvy can help them in their teaching. Additionally, teachers with a teacher account receive an individual promo code they can share with their students, staff, and families discounted Signing Savvy membership. Any memberships that are purchased using the teacher promo code also count as part of our recommendation system to earn more free time for the teacher. It’s a win-win for everyone!

If you are a K-12 or higher education sign language teacher, apply for the teacher promotion now!


Sale valid Monday, November 23, 2020 12:01 AM through Monday, November 30, 2020 11:59 PM. Use promo code: THANKYOU2020 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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Your Sign Questions Answered: FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY in Psalm 139:14

Your Sign Questions Answered: FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY in Psalm 139:14

By Suellen Bahleda  |  Tuesday, October 27, 2020

This article is part of a series, which answers sign questions from people who use Signing Savvy.


Signing Savvy - Please help!

I am trying to find a way to teach my child a scripture verse from one of her school lessons, but I cannot find signs for some of the words. The scripture is Psalm 139:14. The words are FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY. Fearfully would mean in awe or awesomely made. I’m not sure how to teach her this one. Wonderfully I am guessing would be the same as wonderful. Are there different signs for these to words?

Answer:

There are so many layers here! The first problem in translation is that it has to be something that makes sense to a child.

The second is that this phrase is in the passive voice - it's the “mistakes were made,” rather than “I made a mistake.”

So, how would we interpret “mistakes were made”? I would sign SOMEONE MISTAKE or TRUE MISTAKE (as in yes, there were mistakes) or perhaps TRUE MISTAKE HAPPEN.

This is also one of my favorite verses in the Bible - I use it all the time as assurance for people who are in the hospital, hurt or broken... God made these amazing bodies that have enormous capacity to heal and fight for life.

I also love that this verse is used as the "proof text" for two traditionally oppositional groups - those who have pro-life convictions reference it as witness that the body is a precious creation, even as it is formed in the womb, and the LGBTQ+ community references it as witness that they are created whole and correct and perfectly and wonderfully, too.

Here it is in context:

Psalm 139:13-14

13 For you created my inmost being;
     you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
     your works are wonderful,
     I know that full well.

Verse 13 has its own translation challenges, but to focus on interpreting, not translating verse 14 in response to the question, I would combine 'fearfully' and 'wonderfully' by expanding WONDERFUL into MIRACLE (WONDER+WORK) and would sign MY BODY YOUR (to God) MIRACLE.

I don't know if that is a perfect answer, but as I continue to play with it, I like it.
 

Pastor Sue

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About the Author

Suellen BahledaAcross 20 years and several states, Suellen Bahleda became certified, interpreted, taught entry-level and advanced ASL and interpreting classes and presented workshops. She is author of several sign language books. Sue holds a B.A. in Theatre and Communication Arts, an M.Ed in Adult Education, and a M.Div (Master of Divinity), and is currently serving as a pastor for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She is on the Signing Savvy Advisory Board.

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Tips for Teachers: Sign Language Resources For Your Class

Tips for Teachers: Sign Language Resources For Your Class

By John Miller  |  Thursday, October 15, 2020

The start of this school year has been different for many teachers, with new challenges and new ways to deliver learning to students. Whether you are teaching online, in-person, or a hybrid method, our team is here to help teachers with sign language resources for your students and classes.

We’ve pulled together a Teacher Resources page with tips to help you add content from Signing Savvy to your classes, including:

  • A getting started video that will walk teachers through the features of the site and explains how to use Signing Savvy with your classes.
  • Videos on how to put tools from Signing Savvy into your Learning Management System.
  • A step-by-step walkthrough of how to create and manage word lists of signs.
  • A check list of tools to integrate into your class.
  • Template letters you can use to send home to your students explaining that you are now using Signing Savvy in your class.
  • Plus, many more tips for you on our new Teacher Resources page. 

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