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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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Great Sign Language Music Video Performance of Taylor Swift's Shake It Off

General Interest   |  Monday, May 11, 2015

By Jillian Winn

Check out this great sign language music video performance of Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off. The video was a collaboration between the Digital Media, Audio and Cinema Program and the Sign Language Interpreter Program at Lansing Community College (LCC). The production was student driven and took around four class periods to complete.

The performer, Sam, just finished LCC’s Sign Language Interpreter Program this week and plans to take her state certification test soon to become a certified interpreter in Michigan.

Sam originally performed this song at LCC's SYNC event, which is a performance where the cast (LCC Sign Language students) work with the faculty to interpret popular songs using sign language. Doretta Fowler, the Director of SYNC, explained the show is called SYNC because “We synchronize two cultures, two languages, and we do it simultaneously.” After she performed Shake It Up live at SYNC, Sam was selected to turn her performance into a music video. 

Sam had a lot of fun creating the music video. She said, “I was so surprised when I walked into the studio and saw all the cameras and the lights. I felt like I was a movie star!”

And just like Sam's 4-year-old niece (who chose the song), we think you will enjoy this great music video.

SHAKE IT OFF from theDMACprogram on Vimeo.


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5 Steps for Resolving Interpreter Conflicts

5 Steps for Resolving Interpreter Conflicts

Interpreter Tips   |  Monday, May 4, 2015

By Brenda Cartwright

This article is by Brenda Cartwright. Brenda is a seasoned interpreter, a master teacher, and well known presenter. Brenda is the "Dear Abby" for the interpreting world - author of the Dear Reality column in the VIEWS publication from Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and the book Encounters With Reality: 1001 Interpreter Scenarios. She will be contributing blog articles for Signing Savvy on interpreting, Deaf culture, and answering a series of "Dear Brenda" interpreter questions.

Interpreting is 99% about being able to work with other people - having good soft skills and good people skills. These aren’t something that everyone is blessed with naturally. It is important to take time to work on and improve these skills.

When have you butted heads with a co-worker? What caused it? Notice I didn’t ask who was at fault or who was to blame.  What really caused the conflict? A miscommunication? An age difference? A power difference? Assumptions? How did you resolve the issue? What are some successful strategies?

Here are 5 steps for resolving interpreter conflicts:


  • Take time to cool off.
  • First impressions matter and can affect how people work together.
  • Often times negative interactions are a result of assumptions. 
  • Realize that the issue is coming from incongruent expectations.


  • Try to see the situation from other viewpoints.
  • Explain your point of view and give them the chance to do the same.
  • Using the words “Help me understand…” shows that you value the other person and their opinion.


  • Strive for mutual understanding and respect.
  • Show them respect.
  • Don’t bring others into it.
  • Talk privately.


  • You can say anything - it all depends on how you say it.
  • Don’t just focus on the problems, come up with solutions.
  • The tried and true use of “I” statements really does work.
  • Let them know, but don’t point fingers even if it was their mistake.
  • If you’re wrong, apologize and try to make it right. (Even if you don't think you're wrong, you could say, "I'm sorry I hurt your feelings" or "I'm sorry you feel that way.")


  • Learn to let some things go.
  • Move past it and don’t remain bitter.
  • Live and learn. It is all part of growing professionally and personally.

Do you have other tips for resolving interpreter conflicts? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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About the Author

Brenda CartwrightBrenda Cartwright is a seasoned interpreter, a master teacher, well known presenter, and author of several best selling sign language and interpreting textbooks from the RID Press. For the last 30 years Brenda has been the Chair of the Sign Language Interpreter Program at Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan.

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