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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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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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Word Lists, Flash Cards, and Quizzes

Site News   |  Wednesday, July 22, 2009

By Brian Winn

We have had word lists since the launch of Signing Savvy. However, we have made a number of improvements recently that greatly enhances word lists. We are really excited to announce the added functionality that allows you to test your signing skills with our new virtual flash cards and quizzing features within word lists. The word list features are explained below.

What are word lists

Word lists are usually semantically related signs grouped together. For example, there are a number of Signing Savvy created word lists, such as Colors, Animals, and U.S. States. Many of these word lists are available from the "Browse Signs" box in the top right side of the web page.

Creating your own word lists

One of the most compelling member features is the ability to create and organize your own word lists. Members have been creating word lists for many reasons, including:

  • Word lists to organize signs from a lesson they are studying in a sign language course
  • Word lists to organize signs from a chapter they are studying in a sign language book
  • Word lists to organize signs into categories of words, such as medical signs, greetings, and household objects
  • Word lists to hold signs that make up the lyrics for a song
  • Word lists to hold signs that make up a bible verse
  • Word lists to hold signs of their friends and families names (fingerspelled)

So far our members have created over 1000 of their own word lists! As a member, you can create, view, and manage your word lists by clicking on My Word Lists in the "Browse Signs" box.

Shared Word Lists

Members can choose to share their word lists with other members on Signing Savvy. For members creating word lists, this is a great way to share your favorite signs with your fellow students, classmate, friends, or family members. For all members, using Shared Word Lists is another great way to explore and learn signs on Signing Savvy.

Practice with Flash Cards

One of the new word list features is virtual flash cards! This feature allows you to use word lists to practice your signing. You can view the sign, think about what you think the sign is for, and then reveal the answer to see if you are correct. You can also do the opposite. That is, you can view a word or phrase, then make the sign (perhaps using a mirror so you can see yourself sign), then reveal the sign video to see if you are correct. Just like paper flash cards ... but with benefits of video! You need to be a member to use this feature. However, you can preview flash cards on the color word list to see how it works without being a member.

Quiz Yourself

Another new word list feature is the ability to create a quiz from the word list and then test your knowledge by running through a series of multiple choice questions. What better way to practice your signing or to prepare for an upcoming test than to quiz yourself from the comfort of your own computer. You need to be a member to use this feature. However, you can preview quizzing on the color word list to see how it works without being a member.

View All Signs Together

The "View All Signs Together" feature allows you to view all the signs in the word list, back to back, in one video playback. This feature is also quite useful for printing the entire word list at one time using the PRINT signs feature.


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Comment on Dictionary Signs

Site News   |  Friday, July 17, 2009

By Brian Winn

You can now post comments on not only blog posts but also signs in the dictionary. Our hope is that this feature will allow you to better ask questions of and share your knowledge with your fellow Signing Savvy users.


To do read and post comments, you must be a registered guest or a member.


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