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.

And Much More!

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


Blog Articles by: Jillian Winn

10 Amazing Member Features of Signing Savvy

Site News   |  Sunday, February 10, 2019

By Jillian Winn

If you haven't heard, it's our 10th anniversary! We are celebrating by sharing 10 amazing member features of Signing Savvy.

If you’re already a member of Signing Savvy, these are 10 amazing features that you should know about… and use! If you’re not a member yet, these are great reasons to consider membership. Although many people have discovered Signing Savvy in one way or another, many have still not fully realized the benefits of becoming a full member, and all the additional features full membership provides. Here is a list of 10 of our most-loved member features.

  1. # 1 View Sign Information

    Our sign pages include so much more than just the video! View sign information, such as sign description, memory aid, sign type, special sign notices, images, and sign synonyms for many of the signs.

  2. Memory aids provide tips to help you remember how to sign certain words. Sign descriptions can help you better understand how to form the sign and differentiate between similar signs (your eye might not catch the difference between one movement or two or when similar, but different, handshapes are used, but the sign description will tell you!). Sign synonyms help you better understand the context and meaning of the sign and what other words you can use the sign for.

  3. Below is example of sign information provided to members. You can also see a full example of all sign information that is provided on our Sign of the Day, even if you are not yet a member.

  4. Example of Sign Information

  5. # 2 View Videos of ASL Sentences and Phrases

    View example English sentences and accompanying ASL glosses on many words. We’ve even started adding videos of the ASL glosses, so you can see video of whole phrases signed. We now have hundreds of videos of example sentences and phrases!

    Below is an example of a video sentence. This example is also linked from the word SIT, which was used as an example above.

    ASL Gloss Example 1

    English Example: I like to be active and not sit and watch TV all day.

  6. If you aren't a member, you can see an example sentence or phrase signed each day by checking out our Sign of the Day, which always links to a related Sentence of the Day.

  7. If you are a full member, in addition to seeing video sentences linked from many words in the dictionary, you can also see our Phrase Lists page for categorized lists of signed phrases.

  8. # 3 Enhanced Video and Video Controls

    Access larger, high resolution, members-only videos, plus an enhanced video player that lets you watch full screen video, adjust the speed of the video (you can slow it down or make it faster). Plus, the ability to print images/frames from videos (if you have Flash).


    Watch large, high resolution video and slow it down!

  10. # 4 Mobile Member App

    The Signing Savvy Member App for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android devices, let’s you quickly view signs and your word lists on-the-go for a streamlined Signing Savvy experience.

    Signing Savvy Member App

  11. # 5 Create and Share Word Lists

    Use Signing Savvy word lists to organize your vocabulary lists, lessons to study, stories, songs, and bible verses. Share your lists and view other shared lists by our community of teachers, parents, students, and interpreters!

    Farm Animals Word List
  12. # 6 Practice and Study With Digital Flash Cards and Quizzes

    Use our digital flash cards and quizzing tools with any word list. This is a great way to study vocabulary on your own. You can customize the settings in a variety of ways, including choosing multiple choice or fill-in-the-blank for answer choices.

    See examples of a multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank questions below. These examples are for a quiz from the word list in the example above.

  13. Multiple choice question:

    Quiz example with multiple choice questions

  14. Fill-in-the-blank question:
    Quiz example with fill in the blank
  15. # 7 Special Tools for Practicing Fingerspelling and Numbers

    This may be one of our least known member features! Of course, you could add any fingerspelled words you wanted to a word list and quiz yourself, but we also have special pre-built quizzing tools to help you practice your fingerspelling and numbers. 

    The fingerspelling quiz settings let you select how many letters you want in the words you are quizzed on and also let you adjust the speed the video is displayed - so if you are new to fingerspelling, you can start with slow video and just short words (or even single letters!), and if you want to test your more advanced skills, you can quiz yourself using longer words and speed up the video so the letters appear more quickly. You can also adjust the numbers quiz if you want to focus on recognizing a smaller range of numbers (like starting with 1 to 100 first).

    You can find links to these tools on our Fingerspelling and Numbers pages.

  16. Example Numbers Quiz

  17. # 8 Handouts

    We have single-page handouts that are easy to print and great references that can be used individually or in the classroom. We have a few handouts available to everyone and several additional handouts available for members only. You can see our full list of handouts on our Handouts Page. Look for more of these to come in the future!

    Vegetables in American Sign Language (ASL)     Fruit in American Sign Language (ASL)

  18. # 9 Discount on ASL One-on-One Sessions

    Signing Savvy Members receive $5 off ASL One-on-One 30-minutes sessions. Whether you lack local resources where you can meet and sign with others, like the convenience of online sessions to better match your schedule, or want to work with a signing expert who can create a session that best meets your goals and objectives — we are here to help!

    We offer one-on-one sessions with one of our signing experts through Savvy Tutoring or Savvy Chat. Each session is 30-minutes long and takes place online through video chat.

    Savvy Tutoring    Savvy Chat   

  19. # 10 No Advertisements and Access to All Sign Videos and Blog Articles

    Last, but not least, as a member of Signing Savvy, you have unlimited access to all sign videos (including signs marked as mature), blog articles, and content on the website. You can remove ads, so you don’t see any advertisements. We are always adding signs and new features to Signing Savvy - there are some great things in the works for this year!


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Signing Savvy Anniversary - A Lot Can Happen in 10 Years!

Signing Savvy Anniversary - A Lot Can Happen in 10 Years!

Site News   |  Tuesday, January 29, 2019

By Jillian Winn

This month is the 10th anniversary of the public launch of Signing Savvy. In those 10 years, nearly 22 million people have used Signing Savvy.

When we set out over ten years ago to create Signing Savvy, we had a vision to create an online sign language resource for educators, parents, interpreters, students, or anyone interested in American Sign Language.

Many people are shocked when they learn that 95% of all deaf and hard of hearing children are born to hearing parents. This means a few things – almost all hard of hearing children are born into families that do not know or use sign language and their parents do not have previous experience with raising and educating a deaf child — many may not have even met a deaf person before. 

The number one concern for parents is "how do I communicate with my child?" followed by concerns with how will their child communicate with others, and what is the best way to raise and educate a deaf child. The options and information may be overwhelming for parents, but just like raising any child, each child and family is different and there isn’t a “one size fits all” plan to execute. Research shows the key is early exposure and full access to a natural language. For many families, ASL becomes an important part of their journey.

Like any language, the best way to learn is to immerse yourself with other native speakers or take a class. However, overwhelmed by the unexpected challenge of having a deaf child and, like all of us, busy with life (working, going to school, raising other children, etc.), we felt parents needed a resource they could access quickly and easily - for those rare spare minutes when they have a chance to sit down and learn signs, to being able to look up a sign when they or their child is wondering, "How do I sign…" when they are on-the-go.

Since its inception, Signing Savvy has always worked closely with schools, parents, teachers and interpreters in order to provide a quality online sign language resource. Not only did we want to be a resource for parents at home, but we wanted to bridge the gap between home and school, and make it easier for teachers to share with parents what is being taught and what signs are being used at school. We wanted to be that home / school connection piece that had been missing in Deaf Education for years. Signing Savvy and its set of features was the solution we came up with. We created word lists to be a powerful tool to allow teachers to share vocabulary with parents and other stakeholders.

Signing Savvy Features

Recently a teacher of the Deaf in Pennsylvania shared how she was using Signing Savvy with us. She said, "I really use this everyday! Love it!" and went on to explain she creates weekly vocabulary lists (Signing Savvy word lists) for her early elementary student. She introduces the next week’s words to him on Friday using Signing Savvy.  She has the student use the Signing Savvy quizzing tool to quiz himself on the iPad by hitting the next button to see if he is right.

She shares the word lists with his classroom teacher as well, who then teaches the vocabulary words to her regular education students along with the deaf student. The classroom teacher and other support staff are able to look up the words on their Apps independently. The ability to create the lists allows teachers to go in and practice on their own or move ahead to be prepared. She said, "It is a great tool and I would have to say my lessons would be much more difficult if I didn't have access to this great App!"

She also prints sign images for the words and use that to hang a sample of the signs for the kids to see. The whole class learns several signs per week. She also created a book for the teachers and staff to reference with all of the printed signs.

Additionally, they refer to the App multiple times for unknown signs or discrepancies and it helps to serve as their “go to” to answer questions. Of course, the word lists can also be shared with the student’s parents so they can learn the vocabulary along with the student.

This testimonial is so rewarding to our team at Signing Savvy, because this is just how we had hoped Signing Savvy would be used when we first created it.

Because of the recent acceptance of American Sign Language as a foreign language for hearing students, high schools and colleges have also joined the ranks of institutions that have found Signing Savvy to be a very helpful resource in their student’s educational process.

Working closely with Interpreter Training Programs and Universities in the US that teach sign language has allowed Signing Savvy to even better understand the value of having a mobile tool that can be very individualized, travel with you, and continually educate you and update you with blogs and signs of the day to assist in your sign language journey.

Benefits of Signing Savvy

In the last ten years, people have shared many additional heart-warming stories with us about how they use Signing Savvy. From the veteran who lost his hearing after service and used Signing Savvy to learn ASL… to the person that wanted to be able to ask their deaf co-worker how their weekend was… to the parents with hearing babies that wanted to sign with them before they learned to talk… to the person learning church related signs… to the teacher teaching ASL who shared Signing Savvy’s quizzing tools with her students so they could review vocabulary and be more prepared for class… to the college students who were able to do better in their ASL classes and learn ASL more easily by using Signing Savvy in conjunction with their classes... Today Signing Savvy is used, not only by parents and teachers, but by both deaf and hearing students, lifelong learners, interpreters, people losing their hearing, children with speech delays, Down syndrome, autism, and apraxia, and anyone wanting a quick ASL reference.

It has been a great 10 years of learning, sharing, and community. A lot can happen in 10 years! We have many exciting things planned moving forward. We hope you will continue on this journey with us to make sign language more accessible. To another great 10 years!


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Signing Savvy Member App Updated to Version 2.6

Signing Savvy Member App Updated to Version 2.6

Site News   |  Thursday, December 13, 2018

By Jillian Winn

We just updated both the iOS and Android versions of the Signing Savvy Member App to version 2.6. The update modifies navigation through word lists and flash cards, based on user feedback. We moved the navigation controls to be above the video instead of below it. This reduces the chance that you accidentally tap on a tab while navigating. We also added "swipe gesture" support. That feature allows you to swipe left or swipe right to navigate through word lists and flash cards, in addition to using the arrow buttons. The new update also resolves some bugs. The update is recommended for all Signing Savvy members using the mobile app running iOS 9 or newer or Android v4.4 (KitKat) or newer.

If you have not used the Signing Savvy Member App, it is a great way to access Signing Savvy on your mobile devices in a highly streamlined fashion. It is a premium feature available only to Signing Savvy full members.


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Signing Savvy Member App Updated to Version 2.5

Signing Savvy Member App Updated to Version 2.5

Site News   |  Friday, November 2, 2018

By Jillian Winn

We just updated both the iOS and Android versions of the Signing Savvy Member App to version 2.5. The update primarily increases the app's performance, resolves some bugs, and adds support to the latest iOS and Android operating systems and devices. The update is recommended for all Signing Savvy members using the mobile app running iOS 9 or newer or Android v4.4 (KitKat) or newer.

If you have not used the Signing Savvy Member App, it is a great way to access Signing Savvy on your mobile devices in a highly streamlined fashion. It is a premium feature available only to Signing Savvy full members.


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International Week of the Deaf, Deaf Awareness Week, and International Day of Sign Languages 2018

Deaf Culture   |  Sunday, September 23, 2018

By Jillian Winn

On September 23, 2018, International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL) will kick off International Week of the Deaf (abbreviated as IWDeaf; used to be IWD), which is September 24-30, 2018 this year. You may also hear this week called Deaf Awareness Week, but the official name is International Week of the Deaf.

This year is the first International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL). It was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and will be celebrated annually on September 23.

The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) started International Week of the Deaf in 1958 and it is celebrated annually by national and regional associations of the deaf, local communities, and individuals worldwide.

The purpose of International Week of the Deaf is to increase public awareness of deaf issues, people, and culture. Activities and events throughout IWDeaf encourage individuals to come together as a community for both educational events and celebrations. Find more information on Deaf Awareness Week.

International Week of the Deaf 2018 Poster

Since 2009, the World Federation of the Deaf has created themes for International Week of the Deaf. The theme for 2018 is “With Sign Language, Everyone is Included!” Find out more about the 2018 International Week of the Deaf and download their campaign materials on the World Federation of the Deaf website.

You can also spread the message using the hashtags: #IWDeaf2018 #IDSL2018 #SignLanguagesDay


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