If you are looking to learn sign language, to brush up or to try and communicate with others then check out our list of the best iPad apps for learning sign language. We have compiled a list of apps that make learning sign language a breeze. From lessons to video tutorials, these apps have you covered.
The best iPad apps for learning sign language
29 Sep 2017, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
Based on the American Sign Language (ASL), this app allows for two-way communication as it provides sign language translations in real time with input in both text and speech. There is also a sign language keyboard where signs can be input and the app will speak out as well as sign the text. This two-way translator can help you communicate with a totally new set of people with ease. There is a dictionary built into the app, and all the information can be accessed offline.
- Two way translator
- Text to speech and sign
- Free app with offline access
- Easy to use
This app was created by Academy Award-winning Deaf Actress Marlee Matlin. In this app, users will begin to learn the basics of ASL including signing the alphabet as well as some basic vocabulary that would be useful in everyday life. The app features videos including a fingerspell section where you can type in any word and watch Marlee spell it out for you. The first pack, like the app, comes free of cost, and additional vocabulary packs can be purchased for $1.99
- Type a word and watch Marlee spell it for you
- First lesson pack for free
- Learn at your own pace
- Pick up where you left off
- Slow Motion settings to watch videos easily
This is a no-audio app that will give its users the ability to sign ASL fingerspell, which is the specialty of this app. It comes for a nominal price of 99 cents and covers the full content of the app including a beautiful ad-free interface to work on. There are various MCQs as well as a challenge mode to help users get the most out of the app. Replay, slow motion, and loop videos as per your requirements.
- More than 1000 HD videos, no audio
- Works without internet connectivity
- Teaches only Fingerspelling, not words or phrases
- Various quizzes to test learning
- Play options such as replay, slow motion, loop video, or play all
This app contains the signs for alphabets, numbers 1-100, as well as commonly used words and phrases. There are 100 basic signs with video including family, place, time, and other signs. There are picture matching games for words as well as numbers to strengthen your knowledge base. The app also comes with the history of American Sign Language, and some interesting facts and figures about ASL.
- Alphabets and numbers 1-100
- Commonly used phrases and words
- 100 basic signs
- Words and numbers matching games
- History, facts, and figures about ASL
This is a free and sophisticated sign language app, which was built wit hthe goal of letting its users learn American Sign Language (ASL) for free. It contains thousands of signs that are demonstrated by different signers in different dialects for comprehensive learning and understanding. Signs are categorized and each category comes with multiple choice quizzes to help reinfoce learning. There's also a SignBuilder feature which generates random signs for users to learn and expand their vocabulary.
- Teaches ASL
- Thousands of signs included
- Reinforce learning with quizzes
- Slow motion feature on videos
- SignBuilder helps expand vocabulary
This free app features some of the most popular children's bestseller stories. Like other children's story apps, this one allows the user to read, watch, or listen to the stories, but the unique feature is that the stories are also signed in both American Sign Language (ASL) as well as British Sign Language. Each month, a new book will be added to the amazing and growing collection. The app also includes tips for the parents, teachers, or caretakers of the child, to help get the most out of the app. Additional stoires can be purchased for a nominal cost.
- Free app
- Signed stories
- New books each month
- Tips for parents, teachers, and careers
- Read, listen, or watch stories
This paid app is well worth the $2.99, as it comes in a fantastic package of 340 signs designed to help communicate with babies. With more than an hour of video demos, this app will get you to understand and communicate with the mysterious creatures that are babies. You can use the continuous play option which will let you watch a series of videos that sign words in the same category. To further reinforce your learning, the app features an interactive video quiz that will allow you to test your knowledge and remember signs with ease.
- More than 340 signs
- Over an hour of video demos with the option of continuous play
- Based on ASL
- Beautiful Retina display graphics
- Interactive video quiz
This is a game that tests your sign language abilities, particularly the ability to sign the 26 letters of the alphabet. The program presents a sign language alphabet for you to guess, providing the sign in illustrations. The challenge of the game is to get as many right as possible, because if you get more than 3 wrong in a row, then the game is over.
- Test your sign language abilities
- Gamifies to make learning and recall fun
- Simple interface with illustrations
- Lightweight app
- Free to download
This free app features over 120 signs with video instructions to help you perform the sign, as well as tips and tricks to remember and recall signs. This app is great for beginners, allowing users to add words to a favorites list. The list can be arranged in any order to help facilitate learning. There is a search option as well as the ability to look up words by category.
- More than 120 signs in the lite version
- Great for beginners
- Video dictionary and categories to look up signs
- Teaches how to perform and remember each sign
- Customizable favorites playlist
This app is a therapy-based learning tool which incorporate Discrete Trial Training (DTT) methods in order to impart knowledge of the letters of the alphabet. The difference between uppercase and lowercase is also taught. It's a great learning tool for children who have autism, ADD, ADHD, or general issues that lead to a short attention span. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has conducted thorough scientific research to create these methodologies, which have been approved by the National Institute of Mental Health.
- Uses Discrete Trial Training
- Teaches the alphabet
- Teaches difference between uppercase and lowercase
- Useful for children with autism, ADD, ADHD
- Therapeutic learning tool