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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.

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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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Move Complete

Site News   |  Saturday, July 23, 2011

By Jillian Winn

Everything now should be transitioned to the new server and working (both the website and iOS and Android mobile apps). The update should increase performance and overall make Signing Savvy a bit more snappy.

If you do experience a problem, feel free to contact us.

 

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Moving Day Approaches

Site News   |  Wednesday, July 20, 2011

By Jillian Winn

We will be moving Signing Savvy to a new server this weekend. This may cause the site to be inaccessible for several hours. In reality, the transition should be much quicker (a few hours). We will begin the process late Friday evening when not many are relying on the site to minimize the downtime.

Once the transition is complete, the new server will provide increased performance and a more reliable service for you.

NOTE: The move will also benefit the Signing Savvy Mobile App.

UPDATE (Saturday-Morning): We are in the process of moving the site right now. Some features may not work as we work through the move. Everything should be working again by Sunday at the latest.

UPDATE (Saturday-Afternoon): Everything now should be transitioned to the new server and working (both the website and mobile app).

 

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Signing Savvy Member App Now on Android

Site News   |  Friday, July 15, 2011

By Jillian Winn

We have been working hard on the Android version of the Signing Savvy Member App to make it as feature rich as its iOS counterpart. Well, we are happy to announce that version 1.0 of the Android version is now available!

Just like the iOS version, the Android version of the Signing Savvy Member App is free for full members of Signing Savvy (available on the Android Market for Android 1.6 and newer devices). Just like the website, the app includes the ability to search for and view thousands of high-quality sign videos, build your own vocabulary word lists and share them with other members, view other members shared word lists, create virtual flash cards out of word lists to practice your signing, and much more ... all in a streamlined mobile interface.

If you are a full member of Signing Savvy, you can login to the app and use all of its features. If you are not yet a full member, you can still use this free app to view the Signing Savvy Sign of the Day on your mobile device.

 

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Signing Savvy Member App Available for iOS Devices

Site News   |  Tuesday, May 17, 2011

By Jillian Winn

After a great deal of work, we are happy to announce that version 1.0 of the Signing Savvy Member App is now available for Apple iOS mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch)!

The Signing Savvy Member App is free for full members of Signing Savvy (available on the Apple App Store). Just like the website, the app includes the ability to search for and view thousands of high-quality sign videos, build your own vocabulary word lists and share them with other members, view other members shared word lists, create virtual flash cards out of word lists to practice your signing, and much more ... all in a streamlined mobile interface.

If you are a full member of Signing Savvy, you can login to the app and use all of its features. If you are not yet a full member, you can still use this free app to view the Signing Savvy Sign of the Day on your mobile device.

NOTE: An Android version of the Member App is coming soon.

 

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There is Not a Sign for Every English Word

Learning Tips   |  Tuesday, April 19, 2011

By John Miller

Question: I am looking for the sign for word (insert word) and cannot find it.

Answer: There is not a sign for every word in the English dictionary. However, there is usually a sign for most concepts expressed in English. Conceptually correctness is the key.

If you are trying to find a sign on Signing Savvy, first think about the meaning behind what you want to say. If you search for a word and either no sign comes up or the sign that comes up seems to have a different meaning than what you want to say, think of a different word that conveys the meaning of what you want to say and search for that word.

Lets look at an example from Signing Savvy:

I want to look up the word PROTECTION from the following sentence: I need to put on some more sun protection before going on the boat.

When I search for PROTECTION, I do not find a sign. Therefore, I simplify the word and search for PROTECT. Simplifying the word is a good searching strategy on Signing Savvy, such as removing the -ion, -ing, or s (plural form) of the word.

However, in this case the sign for PROTECT may not really convey the conceptual meaning of sun protection. That sign could be used but what I'm really trying to say in my sentence is more like the sign for FILTER or SCREEN.

Now while looking this up I also thought of the work block, as in sun block. When I looked up BLOCK, I found two signs, one for the meaning to block something or prevent it from entering, and one like a building block.

The sun protection I was thinking about was more of a filter than a block, since I still wanted to get a tan, so I would use the sign for FILTER.

As a signer and a sign language interpreter, you constantly have to decide which sign best fits the conceptual meaning of what you are saying. This is one thing that beginner signers really struggle with. It is not always a direct English to ASL sign translation.

 

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