Learning American Sign Language
American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most common language non-English used in the United States behind Spanish and Chinese and continues to be one of the fastest growing languages of study in the United States.
American Sign Language is different from spoken languages because it is a visual language and it is difficult, if not impossible to learn ASL from a book alone. Static images on a page and text just do not convey the flow and motion of the language. Using Signing Savvy can help you learn sign language.
How can Signing Savvy help you learn?
You can use Signing Savvy in a variety of ways, including:
- Search the dictionary for signs you can't remember or don't know. Watch the video and read the sign descriptions and memory aids.
- Practice your fingerspelling or numbers.
- View complete sentences signed to see the natural flow of signs, build your sign vocabulary and understanding, and help you understand how English translates into ASL Glosses and vice versa.
- View word lists to learn a group of related signs. Use the digital flash card and quizzing tools to practice and test yourself. There are official Signing Savvy word lists, member created shared word lists, or you can create your own word Lists of signs you wish to learn and review (and even share).
- We have several printable posters and handouts that can be used for learning or quick reference. They work especially well as handouts for students or posters in the classroom.
- We offer one-on-one online video chat tutoring sessions with one of our signing experts.
- Read the information rich blog articles including learning tips, teaching tips, interpreting tips, deaf culture, and more...
Practice is the key to learning. The more you practice the more comfortable you will feel when signing and the easier it will be for you to remember signs. The Signing Savvy website and Signing Savvy Member App can help you along the way.
Your Sign Language Resource.
You can use Signing Savvy in conjunction with a class, a textbook, or as a standalone resource. While it is a very helpful aid while you are learning and/or practicing signing, it is not meant to be your only teaching tool. We highly encourage you to take a sign language course from a local school, college, university, community center, or online, as well as get out and interact with others that know sign language or are learning it.
Whatever your objective, we hope you think of Signing Savvy as your sign language resource.
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