Q: How do I sign this word?
A: The answer may be on the Internet, in a sign language dictionary.
There are several websites, where drawings, pictures, cartoons or video can help you learn the proper signs for a particular word.
Sign Language Dictionary Sites
- ASL Browser - This site has QuickTime videos of an adult signing words from an alphabetized list developed by the Communication Technology Laboratory at Michigan State University. An updated companion site is at Signing Savvy, with more features.
- ASLPro - Video dictionary divided into a main dictionary, religious dictionary, conversational phrases and a baby sign dictionary.
- ASLDeafined - This is a pay site run by two sign language interpreters. In addition to a dictionary, it has a series of video lessons organized by topic.
- ASL University – This site has groups of words, photos and cartoons.
- Handspeak - This is a pay site with an alphabetic dictionary that includes homemade signs, such as "browser."
- ASL Video Dictionary and Inflection Guide (from National Technical Institute for the Deaf) - This is a pay site. QuickTime video dictionary shows signs and also includes examples of how the signs are used in sentences. Just as words in English can have multiple meanings, the same sign can be used differently by having different inflections, and this is demonstrated via the sentence examples. This site also offers signs in category groups. CD version is also available.
- LessonTutor - This site has grouped words by theme, such as pets. Simple black-and-white sketches are paired with written explanations of how to make the signs.
- Signing Online - This is a pay site that helps people learn sign language.
Sign Language Word Reference GuidesAbout.com has a master Sign Language Word Reference Guide, which is an A to Z listing of words for which the signs can be found online. In addition, About.com has several themed mini guides:
- Food Signs
- Medical Sign Language
- Religious Sign Language
- School Signs
- Signs for Sexual Communication
- Summer ASL Signs
- Technical Sign Language
- Signs of Chanukah
- Signs of Christmas
- Halloween Signs
- Thanksgiving Signs
- Valentine Signs