Online Dictionaries & Other Web Resources
When I need to look up a sign, where do I go?
These websites are all FREE!
www.asluniversity.com - (teacher preferred) Website dictionary and MORE. Has animated and picture signs, along with concept/context explanations. Search by first letter. Signing is very ASL with some regional variations shown.
Drawback: Dictionary is not as complete as some as other sites.
www.handspeak.com - (teacher preferred) My new favorite along with the above asluniversity website.
htthttps://www.spreadthesign.com/us/ps://www.spreadthesign.com/us/ - Great website to look up variations in signs from country to country.
Gallaudet University Vocab Videos - Deaf Gally students signing vocab organized by topic...so cool!
ASL THAT on YouTube - A good go to for exploring various concepts organized by topic. Signer and Signs are very "Deaf".
Not a huge fan of the following, but they are options if you can't find the sign you are looking for on the websites listed above
www.signingsavvy.com - Website dictionary that allows you to type in a word...very cool. Signing is somewhat ASL with variations shown.
Drawbacks: Concept/context explanations not included
*Has a 5-10 sign limit per day (10 for registered user) unless you pay membership fee. BUT, if you browse by letter/handshape, the # of signs you can look up is unlimited. Signers tend to show little expression.
www.aslpro.com - Website dictionary with animated signs. Dictionary is more complete than any others I have seen. Does categorize site into main dictionary, religious signs, conversational phrases (idioms), and ASL for babies.
Drawback: I have found some signs to be more English-based signs than ASL, and signers tend to show little expression.
DPAN.TV - A website full of visual and media arts created by deaf artists, including a wide range of music videos. This section of the website is awesome to explore.
www.oic.com - An online channel for news, entertainment and information exclusively in American Sign Language (ASL). Pulls video from all over the web into one easy-to-navigate site. Organizes video by category (ie. entertainment, sports, news, money, etc.)
CODA Brothers - A website describing the interpreting business model of two funny and very witty CODA brothers. To watch their vlogs, simply search "codabrothers" on YouTube or go to https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=codabrothers. It's a great way to waste some free time...and pick up some clever ASL phrases!