ASL: Fingerspelling (Lifeprint.com)
By William Vicars
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
This app is an ASL (American Sign Language) fingerspelling practice tool to help you improve your ability to read fingerspelling! Created by Dr. Bill Vicars of Lifeprint.com.
What's New in Version 2.0.1
2.0.1: The "NEXT" button has returned, and is available when you need it for skipping to the next word. Button behavior has also been simplified and improved.
Expert mode: If you're interested in turning on expert mode, instructions can now be found on the information page. Thanks for supporting Lifeprint.com and for all the great feedback.
2.0: New streamlined interface. Improved positioning of the buttons. Now supports and is optimized for iOS 7. Legacy support for iOS 6 and later. Thank you for your support of Lifeprint.com.
Best app for finger spelling
The word choice is excellent, there are so many words in this app, it's common to see new words since it has a good variety of vocabulary.
I've been using this all day and have felt the different stages of learning:
From practicing to just recognize the letters, to saying the letters in my mind as they are shown, to spelling along with it as I see it, to being able to finish and guess the rest of the word, even to start to "feel" the word and fill in the gaps because of the shape of common suffixes "tion" "ing", etc.. All the while increasing speed but not too much. I am now able to understand words at about 3/4 of full speed on 'any' length (I'm a good persistent learner).
Thanks Bill Vicars for all you do.
The only way this app could possibly be any better is if it had pre-recorded videos of real people finger spelling at different speeds. Deaf people and others often abbreviate since they spell so fast they are shaping the next letter before they're even finished with the letter they are on!
Anyways, this app is good. I don't even use the typing feature since it's too slow typing it in, I just use the 'show answer' feature because usually you know when you're right, it's faster that way, you can get in more words, and the more time your brain spends practicing reception, the more progress you'll see. I am persistently patient.
Great App but ...
Unfortunately, this version will no longer play on the updated iOS 11 which is a bother since I use it everyday in class with students. Plus, the other version currently being suggested as an alternative is very awkward to use. Why? You only get a very cramped view of the word being spelled plus the immediate appearance on-screen keyboard which totally makes it really hard to read. Hopefully they will come up with a newer (and more like the first) version. I’m sure many of the former users feel similarly.
An essential app.
I've been studying ASL on and off for 6 years, and my worst area has always been fingerspelling and reading letters quickly. Using this app and practicing the words after I answer them has improved my fingerspelling and comprehension significantly in just a few weeks. 20 minutes in the app every day or two is all it takes, and the speed setting and extensive vocabulary make it easy to adjust the app to your skill level. Fingerspelling is such an important skill to have in ASL, and the only way to improve is with regular practice, which makes this app an essential for anyone who's serious about learning the language.
- Category: Education
- Updated: Sep 25, 2013
- Version: 2.0.1
- Size: 2.9 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: William Vicars
- © William G. Vicars, Ed.D.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.