Have questions? Explore this list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you still can't find the answer you're looking for, go to the Contact Us Section.
To get started, visit signschool.com/signup
Once you sign up, you will notice several features:
Learn: Explore our resources to learn ASL through topics, grammar, or learning tools
Dashboard: Keep updated with your progress with our interactive dashboard
Settings: Modify the learning experience to be just right for you
For more details, visit signschool.com/welcome
Enjoy using SignSchool!
SignSchool is a free online learning platform for American Sign Language. SignSchool's goal is to facilitate basic communication between the Deaf and hearing communities by providing a high quality online platform for hearing people to learn American Sign Language.
SignSchool teaches American Sign Language (ASL). ASL is the standard verbal language of the Deaf in the United States of America. Contrary to popular belief, ASL is not an universal sign language, and many countries have their own sign languages distinct from ASL.
At SignSchool, we teach the signs that are used most commonly in the Deaf community. We are fortunate enough to have a diverse team of content developers that originate from the various regions within the US, including the East, West, and Midwest regions. However, if you are taking another ASL course, we recommend that you follow the signs that your instructor teaches, as those signs may be more appropriate for your region.
No. ASL is a full-fledged language in its own right, and is recognized as such by the majority of linguists. It has its own grammar distinct from that of English, and sentences are structured differently in sign language. Because of this you may notice that signed phrases do not exactly correspond to their English translations.
While our videos are shot in full HD, they are hosted on custom video players. Depending on the quality of your internet connection, your viewing experience may be affected. The custom video players have specialized algorithms that automatically adjust the resolution of the video being played to optimize delivery speeds. That is, the players will automatically reduce the resolution of the video in the event your internet speeds are slow, causing the video to become blurry. Video loading speeds are also affected by the speed of your internet connection. If you are having trouble loading SignSchool or viewing videos, we recommend you contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Simply move your cursor over the video and click once to pause it. Clicking again will continue the video.
To optimize your learning experience, we have included captions in a selection of videos. These captions are set on by default, but can be turned off by the user on the Settings page (found in the dropdown in the top right corner of the screen).
The webcam is there for you to practice signing alongside the instructor. We do not record the webcam and no one can see the webcam apart from you.
Right now, the webcam feature is only supported by Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Opera. Please make sure you are using a supported browser if you'd like to try out the webcam!
Depending on where you are accessing SignSchool from, your network administrator may have blocked streaming access to our website. This typically occurs in places such as K-12 schools. If this is your case, we recommend contacting your network administrator or IT department to request a workaround.
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