ASL Sign Language
- letter or word recognition
- American Sign Language
- multiple forms of expression
ProsIf you want to learn the ASL alphabet, you'll probably be able to.
ConsYou can't quiz yourself, and you can't learn any other sign language.
Bottom LineDigital sign language flashcards teach ABCs, but no words or phrases.
Common Sense Reviewer
Each flashcard has a black-and-white drawing of the ASL hand position, the written letter, and audio. You get no videos, animations, or games. You can't really quiz yourself.
Digital flashcards teach the ASL alphabet, although simple words would be more practical for communication.
The instructions refer to numbers, but there aren't any in the app. Quiz mode has no tracking or scoring, and it simply waits to say the letter, although it leaves the written letter on-screen, so you can't quiz yourself.
Students could pair up and quiz each other, with the quizzer (or the device) saying the letter, the other student forming the sign, and the quizzer checking the screen to see if it looks right. For students using the app individually, though, there’s not much more to do than scroll through the flashcards, view the signs, and practice forming them.Read More Read Less
Once you get past the opening screen in ASL American Sign Language, flashcards get loaded automatically. Each card features a black-and-white drawing of the ASL sign for a letter, with the letter printed beneath it. As each flashcard comes up, a voice speaks the letter.
A small icon in the lower-right corner of each flashcard brings you to the settings, where you'll find a quiz mode and sound options. You can share the app with a friend, read some pretty basic and sometimes inaccurate instructions, and rate the app in Google Play.Read More Read Less
ASL American Sign Language is too limited in both size and scope. It doesn't teach you any words or phrases. It only tries to teach you the alphabet, and even that's confusing. And except for the arrows with J and Z, there's no information about how to form the signs, whether students should mirror the illustrations, which hand to use, or if it matters. In quiz mode, the audio recording of the letter gets delayed until you tap the screen. However, the written letter remains on the screen, so you can't really quiz yourself. Beginners who just need a basic, straightforward way to learn the ASL alphabet will get that with this free, ad-supported app, but it's really just a set of flashcards, and that's not very engaging.Read More Read Less