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September 2000

HandSpeak: A Sign Language Dictionary Online
GRADE LEVEL: K-12, Advanced

HandSpeak is an animated dictionary of sign language. A new sign is added daily.

The site is designed in frames and uses animated GIFS to demonstrate the signs.

HandSpeak is set in three frames. Click on a link in the left frame, and a hyperlinked list of choices appears in the right frame. Clicking on one of the words will display the demonstration GIF in the center frame. There is an online search tool for finding words quickly.

This site could be a great introduction to sign language, a review of vocabulary for the deaf, a quick tutorial for parents or teachers of deaf children, or just fun for anyone interested in the topic. The signs are grouped alphabetically and by categories. The Features section includes four stories told in American Sign Language, and the Culture and Language section explores the skill of signing.