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Comment on Dictionary Signs

Comment on Dictionary Signs

By Brian Winn  |  Friday, July 17, 2009

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 ...
The Simpsons Learn Sign Language

The Simpsons Learn Sign Language

By Jillian Winn  |  Monday, July 13, 2009

Just for fun - In a recent episode of the Simpsons, titled "The Good, The Bad, and the Drugly", the bully Nelson Muntz, used American Sign Language to fingerspell his trademark "Haw Haw!" laugh rather than vocalize it. Like all Simpsons characters, Nelson has just four digits, which makes his fingerspelling a bit unique. Nelson signs about 3 minutes and 30 seconds into the episode. Watch the episode on ...
Keeping Signing Savvy Family Friendly

Keeping Signing Savvy Family Friendly

By Brian Winn  |  Thursday, July 9, 2009

As of today, we have nearly 6500 words in the Signing Savvy dictionary. We are continuously updating our dictionary of signs. In fact, to date we have added around 100 new signs each month. Our goal is to have the most comprehensive video dictionary of signs on the web. However, to be a complete dictionary you need to include words and phrases that some may consider mature. We are beginning to include mature words, not only because we want to have ...
Baby Reviews Signing Savvy

Baby Reviews Signing Savvy

By John Miller  |  Monday, June 29, 2009

Recently Signing Savvy served as a "real-world client" for an Apprentice-style project management class at Michigan State University. As part of the project, one group of students created an informative video walkthrough of some of the features of the Signing Savvy website and placed it on YouTube to help promote the site. The video is below. Isn't Xavier cute!?!? I am sure his baby signing skills will increase rapidly now that he has found Signing Savvy, as well as ...
Signing People's Names in Sign Language

Signing People's Names in Sign Language

By John Miller  |  Saturday, March 28, 2009

Signs for common names? My name is John, which, as you can guess, is a pretty common name. The benefit of having a common name growing up is that whenever I went into a gift shop that had items with names on them, such as cups, buttons, belts, or what-have-you, I could always find one with my name on it. In sign langage, unlike the items in the gift shop, there is no sign for John. That is, there is no ...
Enhancements to Printing

Enhancements to Printing

By Brian Winn  |  Tuesday, March 10, 2009

New printing features now available Since the launch, we have been continually improving the sign printing functionality. Today, I am happy to report we have launched our latest printing features for Signing Savvy members. The printing feature now provides you a great amount of flexibility in what you print and how it prints. This includes the ability to select which images you want to print from each sign, the ability to print multiple signs on a page, and the ability to ...
First Deaf Contestant on the Amazing Race!

First Deaf Contestant on the Amazing Race!

By Jillian Winn  |  Saturday, February 28, 2009

A few of us at Signing Savvy are big fans of the Amazing Race. As we watched the first episode two weeks ago, we were excited to see the first-ever deaf contestant to be on the show! As the Amazing Race participants travel the world, they often encounter language barriers. However, Luke, who has been deaf since birth, and his mother, Margie, felt they might have an advantage over other contestants since they have such ...
The many facets of sign language

The many facets of sign language

By John Miller  |  Wednesday, February 25, 2009

What is the difference between American Sign Language and other sign languages? Sign language has many different facets to it. American Sign Language (ASL) is the language created and used by the Deaf in the United States, Canada, parts of Mexico, and some other parts of the world. ASL has a limited amount of signs, but it is the purest language from the Deaf perspective. If you are using strict ASL and interpreting English, you often fingerspell words for ...
Signing Savvy Launches

Signing Savvy Launches

By Brian Winn  |  Sunday, February 22, 2009

A little background In 2005 we realized that, while there were a few good sign language resources on the web, there really was no site that provided a comprehensive reference for those learning sign language. The closest sites out there were the ASL Browser developed at Michigan State University and Signing Online. I was actually involved in the development of both these sites. The ASL Browser was developed back in 1996-1997. At the time, the site was quite revolutionary. Digital video on ...