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Online Sign Language Dictionaries?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Steph Dawe, Aug 21, 2005.

  1. Can anyone here point me in the direction of an online SL dictionary? There's one on handspeak.com, but I have to be a paying member for that, and I'm only looking for a word or two.

    Alternatively, can anyone describe to me how I can ask someone if they are deaf in SL?

    I ask because there's a customer who comes in regularly into our pizza place, and I have a feeling he's deaf, but can't read lips (I tried speaking slowly and opening my mouth a little more, but he didn't understand). And I've always wanted to learn a little SL, just out of curiosity.
  2. xcental34x


    Feb 28, 2003
    Memphrica, TN

    http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/aslweb/index.htm (this is probably the best resource)

    http://www.lessontutor.com/eesASLdictionarylinks.html (good for certain phrases and ASL syntax)

    http://www.michaelszczepanski.de/fastart.htm (an added bonus)

    To sign "Are you deaf," the correct phrase would be "You deaf?" For you, just point to them. For deaf, touch the index finger over the mouth, and then over the hear. To purvey it as a question, show this with facial expression, or make a question make in the air with your index finger. If you wish to communicate further, perhaps learning to fingerspell will be useful. It only takes about 30 minutes to learn, and with practice, you can be fairly good at it.
  3. rsgars


    Aug 6, 2003
    NY State
    It might be more appropriate to sign "Do you sign?" A deaf person will understand what you are asking.
  4. xcental34x


    Feb 28, 2003
    Memphrica, TN
    That depends on the intended question. Deaf culture is a lot more blunt, and they're alot more straightforward. He is wondering if the person is deaf, therefore "You deaf?" is the question. However, if you were to prefer "Do you sign?" it would translate "You sign?" and the sign for you, pointing to the person, and for "sign," point the index fingers towards each other and rotate them in opposite directions.
  5. xcental34x


    Feb 28, 2003
    Memphrica, TN
    stephdawe04, I didn't realize you were from Australia. Disregard what I said then. Australia Sign Language and American Sign Language are very different, and I'm not familiar with it at all. Sorry, I'll see if I can't find any foreign Sign Language sites.
  6. That's cool. Some signs are similar.