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.

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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

Sign of the Day - PENNY
(as in the type of coin)

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Teaching Babies to Sign

Teaching Tips   |  Saturday, September 19, 2009

By John Miller

Research has shown that a child's muscles in the hands and fingers develop at a faster rate than those in the mouth and jaw. Basically this shows us that a child is better equipped at a young age to sign before they can speak. Because of this many people are choosing to teach their infants to use sign language as an early form of communication. It has been known to cut down on the amount of frustration on the part of an infant trying to communicate with their parents/caregivers.

Many people's questions then are: "How do we teach a young child to sign (deaf or hearing) in a way that is fun and productive?"

My answer: Through play! I had the pleasure of watching a young, 3-year-old, deaf child play yesterday while I met with her teacher and parents during a yearly meeting for the child's education. I watched this cute little preschooler interacting rather naturally with the toys in the dramatic play area (toy kitchen, doctor kit, etc…). She was using the play microwave and placing the plastic food on a plate and "warming it up" for us. Using one hand to punch the keys on the keypad as she counted off the numbers with the other. Then she took the spaghetti out of the microwave telling us to be CAREFUL and to wait because it was HOT. The teacher prompted the child to tell us what the food was that was on the plate, to which the child answered SPAGHETTI rather matter-a-factly!

The child went to play for a good 30 minutes giving us each SHOTS from her doctor kit and telling us not to CRY, etc…. The language used and expressed by this child was amazing and it was all done through play!

Signing Savvy can help with this educational/play experience by using the printing options to create word cards for you to use at home during your play with your child. By having the food signs printed on cards that can be exchanged when you "order your food" and having the child match up the sign to the food, a child will become familiar with the signs for the toys they interact with daily. Create a menu that not only has the food signs on it but some common phrases like, "Can I take your order?" or "Thank you, please come again".

Have fun with it….you'll be amazed how quickly your child (and you) will be using sign throughout your playful day!


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RSS Feed Now Available of Signing Savvy Blog

Site News   |  Friday, September 18, 2009

By Jillian Winn

We now have a RSS feed (What is RSS?) of the Signing Savvy blog. Feel free to link to it in your RSS readers or pull the feed into your own site.

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Word List Improvements

Site News   |  Wednesday, September 16, 2009

By Jillian Winn

Today we enhanced the member ability to create word lists. Previously, once you created a word list, you could add words to the word list by searching for them and then selected your word list from the Add to Word list drop down menu on the page of the sign you wanted to add. While this feature still remains, there is now a much easier way to add words to your word list. You can now add a whole list of words instantly to your word list!

To access this new feature:

  1. Click on the My Word List link (in the Browse Signs box in the top right of the page)
  2. Find the word list you want to add words to and click the Manage Word List button next to the list. If you don't have a word lists yet or want to create a new one, just click the Create Word List button.
  3. On the Mange Word List page, just type (or copy and paste) the words or phrases you wish to add to the list into the Add Words text box. Put each word or phrase on a new line. Words on the same line will be treated as a phrase.
  4. Then click the Add Words button.
  5. You will be given a report of what was added to the word list.
  6. Once you return to the Manage Word list page, you edit the word list, including choosing a variation for words that have multiple meanings or multiple sign variations, removing a word, changing the word order, or modifying a phrase.

As always, any word list you create you can share with other Signing Savvy members. You can also practice the signs on the word list using the virtual flash cards feature or quiz yourself using the quiz feature.

Enjoy the new word list features!


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Does it matter what hand you use?

Learning Tips   |  Thursday, September 10, 2009

By John Miller

When signing, it does not matter if you sign as left-hand or right-hand dominant. The biggest thing to remember is to pick which hand you want to use as the dominant hand and stick with it. You should not switch back and forth between dominant hands. Most signers will be able to understand your signs no matter which hand you use as the dominant hand.

I am actually left-handed but choose to use my right hand as the more dominant hand simply because most people are right handed and it eases understanding for them when first learning to sign.


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Bulk Memberships Now Available

Site News   |  Thursday, September 3, 2009

By John Miller

If you are part of an institution, such as a school, college, government agency, non-profit, or corporation and would like to offer memberships to your students, members, or employees, Signing Savvy now has an elegant way to do just that, called Bulk Memberships Purchasing.

With Bulk Membership Purchasing your institution can can purchase one or more Signing Savvy memberships. Once the purchase is made, you, as administrator of the institution's Signing Savvy account, can assign and manage who receives the purchased memberships. You can assign the membership anytime after the purchase is made. That is, the membership clock for each membership does not begin until it is assigned to an individual. As is the case with all Signing Savvy members, your members can access their membership by logging in to Signing Savvy from any computer on the Internet.

We also accept purchase orders for bulk membership purchases.

If you are interested, build a proposal for a bulk membership purchase today!


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