Baby Sign and Learn

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The Review

While this app can help deaf children learn the signs for individual words, it does not teach them how to sign. When you open the app, you will see several options, including one for in-app purchases. Vocabulary words are clumped into categories such as the alphabet, animals, colors, food, etc. When you click on a word (e.g., "apple"), a baby appears with the word “apple” above its head and a thought bubble consisting of an image of an apple. The baby signs “apple.”  You can either click on the baby to see the sign again or move on to the next word.  This is a very simple app designed for babies, but it needs to be used with an adult to help reinforce the meaning of each words. 

There are no sentences included in this app, and the babies are often expressionless when signing vocabulary words. The “Questions” category contains many errors. For example, the sign for “how” is incorrect. The non-manual markers such as facial expressions or mouth morphemes used on the babies’ faces are not always accurate.  This is not a reliable source of ASL grammar

There are several versions of this app: free, lite and full.  The app's website is informative, including research on the importance of eye contact in sign language. However, the developer is not a native signer, nor does he collaborate with native signers. There are additional features not directly related to sign language development: flashcards and the option to add their own images.  Overall, this can be a decent app considering its price point, clear animation, simple vocabulary list, and intuitive user interface, but it is not a reliable source for ASL vocabulary development.

More Information

  • App Store: iTunes
  • Platforms: Android, iOS
  • Price: $2.99
  • Year: 2011-2013
  • In-app purchases
  • Features
    • Format: Dictionary/Vocabulary Words
    • atch Signs
    • Search Signs
    • Quiz
    • Flash Cards (only in iOS)
    • Languages available:
      • American Sign Language
      • Australian Sign Language
      • British Sign Language
      • Hong Kong Sign Language
      • New Zealand Sign Language