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There is Not a Sign for Every English Word

There is Not a Sign for Every English Word

By John Miller  |  Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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 ...
Misconception: There is only one sign language

Misconception: There is only one sign language

By John Miller  |  Monday, April 18, 2011

Question: Is sign language universal throughout the world? ...and if not, why don't we just make it that way since it would make the world have at least one language that everyone could understand and use? Answer: Unfortunately sign language is NOT universal throughout the world. There is American Sign Language, British Sign Language, Spanish Sign Language, Japanese Sign Language, Ausian (Australian Sign Language) and many more. In fact, there are even multiple sign languages used in the United States (American ...
Addressing Top Signing Misconceptions

Addressing Top Signing Misconceptions

By John Miller  |  Sunday, April 17, 2011

My next few blog posts are going to focus on the "TOP MISCONCEPTIONS" or questions that I seem to get asked about on weekly basis either in person or from users of the site. For those of you that go back and read old blogs these may sound familiar but they still seem to come up, so I thought I would readdress them and maybe word them a little differently to see if we can make them more easily ...
Browse Signing Savvy on Android!

Browse Signing Savvy on Android!

By Jillian Winn  |  Tuesday, March 8, 2011

We are happy to report that, in addition to all of your favorite Apple iOS devices, Signing Savvy should now work with your Android devices (Android OS 2.2 or newer with Flash support)! Just fire up the web browser on your Android device and give it a try. We just got it working so let us know if you are experiencing any ...
Enhancements to Word Lists

Enhancements to Word Lists

By Jillian Winn  |  Monday, March 7, 2011

Creating Word Lists and Sharing Word Lists, when combined with Flash Cards and Quizzing, are our most popular full member features. Today, we added a minor enhancement to creating word lists and a new shared word list of our own. Creating word lists that are sorted by date You can now create word lists that sort the word list by the date the words were added to the word list. This is in addition to the previous options of alphabetically or ...
The mysterious confusion between deafness and blindness

The mysterious confusion between deafness and blindness

By John Miller  |  Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"Oh, so you work with deaf people...so does that mean you know Braille?" I am sure many of you who have told people you are interested in sign language have heard a question similar to the one above. Although Braille is used by the blind, people often confuse it as a tool for the deaf. As a former teacher of deaf and hard of hearing children, I have witnessed confusion between deafness and blindess several times in my career. ...
Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

By Jillian Winn  |  Thursday, December 23, 2010

The beginning of 2011 will mark the end of our second year of being live on the Internet, and once again, we are very grateful for the support of all of our users. We particularly are thankful for our full members who allow us to continue to grow the site. And grow the site we will! We have several exciting things planned for Signing Savvy in 2011. From all of us at Signing Savvy, we wish you joy and ...
Sign language meets dance on DWTS finale

Sign language meets dance on DWTS finale

By Jillian Winn  |  Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sign language was an integral part of Christina Aguilera's dance performance last night in the season 11 series finale of Dancing With the Stars. Check out the performance below. Don't you think the signing really enhances the emotional impact of the song and the ...
Signing is like being a thesaurus

Signing is like being a thesaurus

By John Miller  |  Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I am often asked "I can't find the sign for....." And it will be words like FINALIZATION or SUMMARIZATION. My answer is often...."It is there." You may not get a result when you search for FINALIZATION, but that does not mean you are out of luck. Unlike the spelling in the English language where one spelling is equal to one word, sign language is different. There are many signs that can mean more than one word. We ...
The Importance of Facial Expressions

The Importance of Facial Expressions

By John Miller  |  Sunday, October 3, 2010

Facial expression plays a very important part in the meaning of a sign. The same exact hand-shape and movement can totally change meaning because of the facial expression that is used to accompany it. One example of this is the word MUCH. The degree of how much can totally be determined by the facial expression alone while the sign stays the same. Other examples would be the words INTERESTING and FUNNY. Both of these words can be changed to ...