Ten Free Online Sign Language Video Dictionaries

A good video English/ASL dictionary is indispensable for any deaf ministry leader. Here is a list of ten resources you can use in your lesson preparation, teaching, and personal development.

10 Free ASL Dictionaries

Screenshots from some of the dictionaries featured in this article.

Each site included in this list offers a large number of short videos featuring individual Sign Language terms. While there is bound to be a lot of overlap, every one of these sites also offers something unique, so be sure to take a look at each one! Several feature collections of “religious signs,” which are especially useful for church interpreters.

ASLphabet.com

ASLPhabet

www.aslphabet.com

  • Designed for deaf children
  • Charming, fun interface
  • Search by ASL handshape, position and direction or by English words
  • Cartoon sign videos
  • Basic vocabulary
  • Live-action signed definitions and example sentences
  • Bilingual – all text is signed
  • Calendar signs

ASL Pro

ASL Pro

www.aslpro.com

  • Thousands of signs
  • Categorized by letter
  • Specialized lists for Religious Signs, Conversational Phrases, and ASL for Babies
  • Unique features for learning and teaching ASL
  • Randomized quizzes
  • Teacher and student accounts

ASL University

ASL University

www.lifeprint.com

  • Videos and photos
  • Detailed discussions of usage, sign inflection and etymology
  • Two full semesters of high-quality ASL Lessons
  • Word lists
  • Jokes
  • Charts & Quizzes
  • Information for interpreters
  • Much more!

Baby Sign Language Dictionary

Baby Sign Language Dictionary

www.babysignlanguage.com

  • 600 signs selected for their relevance to small children
  • Friendly videos demonstrating each sign and how to produce it
  • Simple and clear instructions for how to form the sign
  • Cute diagrams for each sign
  • Ideas for how to use the sign with infants and toddlers

Deaf Missions ASL Dictionary of Religious Signs

Deaf Missions ASL Dictionary of Religious Signs

www.deafmissions.com

  • Signs for a number of Biblical and religious concepts
  • Easily understood cartoon video illustrations
  • Alternative versions of many signs

HandSpeak

HandSpeak

www.handspeak.com

  • Well over 6000 entries
  • Quick and easy search feature
  • Useful word lists and categories
  • Example sentences
  • Definitions and usage notes
  • ASL Tutorials (Beginner & Intermediate)
  • Phrase tutorials
  • Topical knowledgebase about ASL and deaf culture

Signing Savvy

Signing Savvy

www.signingsavvy.com

  • Free and paid versions available
  • Several thousand signs
  • Browse by letter or by category
  • Create and share word lists

Spread the Sign

Spread the Sign

www.spreadthesign.com

  • Huge library of English entries mapped to an ASL sign
  • Concepts are also indexed to over 20 other sign languages
  • Definitions and example sentences

Start ASL Dictionary

Start ASL Dictionary

www.start-american-sign-language.com

  • Small collection of high-quality Sign videos
  • Top 150 list
  • Lists for alphabet, numbers, colors and phrases
  • List of signs for babies
  • Free ASL classes and resources

Texas Math Sign Language Dictionary

Texas Math Sign Language Dictionary

www.tsdvideo.org

  • Specialized signs for math
  • Categorized by grade level
  • Available in English and in Spanish
  • Signs available in ASL and in SEE
  • Videos may be downloaded

How do you use ASL dictionaries? Have another ASL dictionary you would recommend? Leave your comments here!

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