Using Signing Savvy to learn sign language
Signing Savvy is a great resource to use when learning sign language – whether you are taking a class or just trying to learn on your own.
Using Signing Savvy while taking a class
When you are taking a class, you can use Signing Savvy as a sign reference, build your own wordlists related to what you are learning in the class, and practice your vocabulary using the flash cards and quizzing features. Like using a textbook, Signing Savvy is a great companion to classroom learning. At about the same cost of a textbook, our site currently features more than five thousand signs – that’s about three times the number of signs in most sign language books. But Signing Savvy isn’t a textbook and is so much more than just a sign language dictionary, the site is always changing… we’re always adding more signs, content, and features. It’s really the features of the website, not just the vocabulary, that help people practice and learn sign language.
Teachers that use Signing Savvy will often create wordlists for each lesson plan or for the week’s vocabulary and then share those wordlists with their students so that they can use the Signing Savvy wordlists they have created to practice and test themselves with flash cards and quizzing. Teachers with younger students will often share the wordlists they’ve created with their student’s parents as well, so the parents can know what is being taught and try to learn the sign language vocabulary along with their child and help them practice it at home. Students and/or parents can also try to incorporate the signs from the current lesson’s wordlist into their activities and discussion for the week. Utilizing Signing Savvy’s wordlists, flash cards, and quizzing features is a great way to practice vocabulary and extend lessons from the classroom into the home.
Using Signing Savvy on your own
Signing Savvy users include people from all backgrounds and people interested in sign language for all types of reasons – from parents, friends, family, and neighbors of someone that uses sign language to communicate to students interested in learning a new language, those that have or are beginning to experience hearing loss, those that are deaf and hard of hearing, parents teaching their baby and young children sign language, people who sign songs and sign in church, teachers, interpreters, and more.
The way that most people use Signing Savvy to learn sign language is by creating wordlists and viewing wordlists created by others and then using the flash card and quizzing features to practice and test themselves. Full membership lets you have unlimited access to all of the Signing Savvy features including wordlists, flash cards, quizzing and more.
Whether you are new to sign language or a seasoned veteran, a few ways to use Signing Savvy include:
Start with the pre-built wordlists that we have (you can see some of our pre-built wordlists at the top of every page next to the search box, where it says "browse signs by..."). Test yourself on each of the wordlists using the flash card or quizzing features. Sign Language books are often organized into chapters by topics, such as numbers, colors, and animals. Using the Signing Savvy pre-built wordlists is similar to studying the vocabulary in a chapter of a sign language textbook.
Create a word list of words you want to start learning. There may be a specific topic that you’re interested in learning vocabulary for or there may be certain words that you find you would like to be able to sign regularly. Signing Savvy gives you the flexibility to create your own custom wordlist. After you have built your wordlist(s), use the flash card or quizzing feature to test yourself on those words.
View wordlists already created by other people and test your self on those words using the flash card or quizzing feature. You can view all wordlists that other Signing Savvy members have created and made public by clicking on the "Shared Lists" button, which is just under the "browser signs by..." box. There are thousand of wordlists that you can browse and search. For example, if you want to learn signs related to behavior, just type “behavior” in the search box on the shared wordlist page and click “Search for list”. It results with several lists from you to choose from, including wordlists about behavior and manners (that is just one example). Once you’ve found a wordlist that you would like to use, you can bookmark it so you can easily find it again and use the flash cards or quizzing features with the list.
- Additionally, any sign or list of signs can be printed if you want to print signs, create a hardcopy of flash cards, or paste printed signs into story books or art projects.