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

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Blog Articles by: Jillian Winn

Browse Signing Savvy on Android!

Site News   |  Tuesday, March 8, 2011

By Jillian Winn

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 troubles.

 

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Enhancements to Word Lists

Site News   |  Monday, March 7, 2011

By Jillian Winn

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 custom ordered word lists. When you view your word lists that are sorted by date, the word list will show the date each word was added to the word list. This may come in handy, for example, if you are teaching (or taking) a sign language class and you want your word list to reflect WHEN the words (signs) were introduced.

What was the Sign of the Day yesterday?

Part of the reason we added the new word list ordering option is so we could add a Sign of the Day word list. This new shared word list shows all of the signs of the day since the Signing Savvy site launched. This is a feature that a number of you have asked for. We are happy to be able to make it available to full members. This is one shared word list that you may want to bookmark.

 

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Happy Holidays!

Site News   |  Thursday, December 23, 2010

By Jillian Winn

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 happiness during this holiday season and all the best in 2011!

 

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Sign language meets dance on DWTS finale

General Interest   |  Wednesday, November 24, 2010

By Jillian Winn

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 performance?

 

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Back to School with Several Enhanced Features

Site News   |  Sunday, August 8, 2010

By Jillian Winn

As the school year approaches, we want to let you know of a few things we have recently done on Signing Savvy particularly for teachers and students.

Many sign language teachers and professors are using Signing Savvy to create word lists (aka, vocabulary lists) of their lesson plans and then sharing them with their students. This allows the students to use Signing Savvy's online flash cards and quizzing features to quickly reinforce what they learned in the classroom from home or wherever they have access to the Internet.

"Bookmarking" Word Lists

As a result, we now have hundreds of shared word lists. We have had the ability to search shared word lists, but even this becomes tedious if you always want to return to the same shared word lists. We've added functionality so now you can bookmark word lists that you want to return to often. Just view a word list and click the ADD BOOKMARK button. The list of your bookmarked word lists will show up on the Shared Word Lists page.

"Friending" Shared Word List Authors

If you want to see all the shared word lists created by someone, you can friend them. For example, a student might friend their teacher or a study partner. Then whenever the teacher or study partner creates a new shared word list, the word list will show up in the student's friends list. To add a friend, first, click on the author's name of a word list to see all of their shared word lists, then click the ADD AS FRIEND button. Just like bookmarks, the list of your friends word lists will show up on the Shared Word Lists page.

Note: Of course, you are only allowed to see word lists that are public. Private word lists are not viewable by anyone other than the author.

4-Month Full Memberships

With this in mind, teachers are starting to integrate Signing Savvy into their courses. In some cases, they are replacing or complementing the course textbook with Signing Savvy memberships. We have received several requests from teachers for a membership duration that fits the duration of a semester and the pocketbooks of their students. We have done just that! We now offer a semester long (4 months or 16 week) full membership option for $24.95. That is much cheaper than most textbooks.

Recommendations

We have also just started a "recommendation program." Teachers (or anyone else) can set up an account on Signing Savvy and recommend Signing Savvy to their students (or whomever) by providing a special link. When the link is followed to Signing Savvy and the individual becomes a full member, they are automatically connected (see friending above) to the teacher's account so that they can see their shared wordlists. In turn, the teacher is rewarded with additional free full membership time to Signing Savvy. Recommendations are easy to give and are fully explained in the FAQ section of our website.

Institutional Purchases

This one is not new, but many are not aware of it. 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 has an excellent way to do just that, called Bulk Membership Purchasing.

With Bulk Membership Purchasing your institution can purchase multiple Signing Savvy memberships at a discounted price, then assign and manage those memberships. For Bulk Membership purchases, we also accept purchase orders. If you are interested, learn more on the create proposal page!

Have a great rest of the summer!

At Signing Savvy, we've had a pretty productive summer! We're happy we've been able to rollout several new full member features (described above), a new design, and have spent time in the recording studio so we could add many more signs to the dictionary. We hope you enjoy the new features!

 

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