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Using Signing Savvy to learn sign language

Using Signing Savvy to learn sign language

By Jillian Winn  |  Sunday, August 12, 2012

Signing Savvy is a great resource to use when learning sign language – whether you are taking a class or just trying to learn on your own.  Using Signing Savvy while taking a class When you are taking a class, you can use Signing Savvy as a sign reference, build your own wordlists related to what you are learning in the class, and practice your vocabulary using the flash cards and quizzing features.  Like using a textbook, Signing Savvy is a great ...
Education Options for Children that are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Education Options for Children that are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

By John Miller  |  Tuesday, April 24, 2012

We have received questions from parents, family and friends of newly identified children with hearing loss asking about what we know about educational options. Let me begin by saying that making educational decisions for you child is a very personal decision and takes a lot of thought and discussion with professionals that have specific knowledge of the services available in your area. There are many different education options to explore. You need to determine what is the best fit for your family.
FINGERSPELLING……that dirty BIG four-teen letter word!

FINGERSPELLING……that dirty BIG four-teen letter word!

By John Miller  |  Friday, February 3, 2012

In all my years of signing, I have never had anyone say to me, "I can’t believe how easy fingerspelling is!" or "Man, I really LOVE fingerspelling all these odd words that don’t have signs for them." It just isn’t a favorite part of the job! It is the thing that makes even seasoned interpreters break into a sweat when they have to start signing for a calculus class or in a court of law with a bunch ...
Showing TENSE while signing ASL

Showing TENSE while signing ASL

By John Miller  |  Thursday, January 12, 2012

One thing that many new signers struggle with is how to show tense (past, present and future) while signing. In ASL, you don't sign words like went or going or suffixes like "ing", "ed" or "s". By including the sign NOW at the beginning of a sentence, you can clarify the sentence is in the present tense. English Version: I am going to the store. ASL Version: NOW + STORE + I + GO. By including the sign PAST or BEFORE ...
Tips for Learning Sign Language in Your Natural Environment

Tips for Learning Sign Language in Your Natural Environment

By John Miller  |  Saturday, December 10, 2011

One of the most common questions I get from people who are first learning sign language is, "How do you remember so many new words? It's overwhelming!" It is; and unless you plan on incorporating it into your everyday life, it won't stick with you. Often sign language instructors will divide sign vocabulary up into categories like household items, food, family, colors, shapes etc... Doing this helps you to categorize the words and file them into your memory bank that way. ...
A look at signing family members: The sign of the day theme from the last week

A look at signing family members: The sign of the day theme from the last week

By Jillian Winn  |  Wednesday, September 21, 2011

You may have noticed a theme across the signs of the day in the last week. We asked our Twitter followers for suggestions for the sign of the day and someone suggested we try week-long themes. Although we will not be using a theme every week for the sign of the day, we thought it was a great idea to start incorporating a theme occasionally. We choose family members for our first sign of the day theme, from Wednesday, September ...
There is Not a Sign for Every English Word

There is Not a Sign for Every English Word

By John Miller  |  Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Question: I am looking for the sign for word (insert word) and cannot find it. Answer: There is not a sign for every word in the English dictionary. However, there is usually a sign for most concepts expressed in English. Conceptually correctness is the key. If you are trying to find a sign on Signing Savvy, first think about the meaning behind what you want to say. If you search for a word and either no sign comes up or the sign ...
Misconception: There is only one sign language

Misconception: There is only one sign language

By John Miller  |  Monday, April 18, 2011

Question: Is sign language universal throughout the world? ...and if not, why don't we just make it that way since it would make the world have at least one language that everyone could understand and use? Answer: Unfortunately sign language is NOT universal throughout the world. There is American Sign Language, British Sign Language, Spanish Sign Language, Japanese Sign Language, Ausian (Australian Sign Language) and many more. In fact, there are even multiple sign languages used in the United States (American ...
Addressing Top Signing Misconceptions

Addressing Top Signing Misconceptions

By John Miller  |  Sunday, April 17, 2011

My next few blog posts are going to focus on the "TOP MISCONCEPTIONS" or questions that I seem to get asked about on weekly basis either in person or from users of the site. For those of you that go back and read old blogs these may sound familiar but they still seem to come up, so I thought I would readdress them and maybe word them a little differently to see if we can make them more easily ...
Signing is like being a thesaurus

Signing is like being a thesaurus

By John Miller  |  Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I am often asked "I can't find the sign for....." And it will be words like FINALIZATION or SUMMARIZATION. My answer is often...."It is there." You may not get a result when you search for FINALIZATION, but that does not mean you are out of luck. Unlike the spelling in the English language where one spelling is equal to one word, sign language is different. There are many signs that can mean more than one word. We ...