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What's the Best Sign Language App for iPhone?

written by: Arnold Zafra•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 11/5/2010

Would you believe that there are quite a number of sign language apps for iPhone available from the App Store? I didn't believe at first until I compiled this list. Here we give you a comparison of sign language apps for iPhone. Read on to find out what's the best sign language app for iPhone.

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    Sign Language for Beginners: Introduction

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    This sign language app for iPhone is actually part of the Sign Language for Beginners series. A comprehensive sequenced set of lessons designed for anyone to learn the basics of sign language. The app is divided into sections on signing fundamentals and lessons with video demos. It covers the historical roots of signs and signs for common activities and animals and fundamentals which describe the difference between ASL and sign English, including the use of expressions in signing and signing hand shapes. The three lessons provided by the app are -

    • lesson on you and me, which teaches the basic vocabulary and phrases for expressing emotions.
    • lesson on greetings, which provides common pleasantries and greetings for daily use.
    • lesson on questions, which teaches both vocabulary and grammar necessary for asking questions in American Sign Language.

    (Price: $0.99) (Download link)

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    Sign Language!

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    This iPhone sign language app provides you with the complete American Sign Language alphabet including proper facial expression, body movement, handshape, sign location and fluency. It includes lessons on a wide variety of words about colors and it will also teach you how to navigate in finding the letter/word/number alphabetically and numerically. The app also helps you practice your receptive skills through various interactive quizzes. It also contains videos showing every letter, word and number in ASL. This iPhone sign language app suits students, adults, parents, teachers and professionals who really want to learn sign language. (Price: Free) (Download link)

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    Sign Language 101

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    Want to really practice your receptive skills? Check out this iPhone sign language app. It features more than 1,000 English/ASL translations of letters, numbers, words, sentences, phrases, idioms, questions and more. Words/phrases translated into American Sign Language include action verbs, alphabet, things around the house, clothes, colors, employment terms, family, friends and relationships, feelings, food and drinks, fun, sports and entertainment, government and politics, health and fitness, holiday and occasions, idioms and phrases in ASL, and more.

    (Price: $1.99) (Download link)

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    Comparison sign language app for iPhone

    So which among these iPhone sign language apps is the best if you really want to learn how to communicate via sign language? Honestly, we couldn't choose one which stands out from the rest. Each of these iPhone apps have their respective strengths and weaknesses when it comes to features and how well they can teach you about sign language. The first two apps edge out the last app for providing video content. Something that is really useful when learning about communication, especially sign language. But the third app edges out the other two apps for its comprehensive content of almost all the necessary sign actions representing words that we normally use in day to day conversations. So, it all comes down to price. Obviously, the second app beats the other for being a free app. But since the other two iPhone sign language apps are priced relatively low, it won't really cost you that much if you get all three apps.


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