Sign4Me is a 3D Signed English Translator for iPhone and Touch

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Sign 4 Me - A Signed English Translator
Developer: Vcom3D
Price: $9.99 Download on the App Store

sign4me-iphone-appI would like to preface this review of Sign4Me for iPhone and iPod touch  by saying that I am not an expert in Signed English or American Sign Language (ASL), but am aware there are differences. My understanding is that while the signs for individual words are the same in both formats, the overall signing of a sentence or phrase is different because Signed English focuses on signing each word individually while ASL focuses on signing to convey an entire thought or concept.

While ASL is recognized as a foreign language study by some universities and even though advanced deaf studies in translation and interpretation may be the only way to grasp the syntax of ASL, Sign4Me by Vcom 3D Apps is a Signed English translator that was developed by ASL experts, so is a presumably accurate resource for making the correct signs of certain words.

Sign4Me does a superb job of demonstrating the formation of individual signs by utilizing a 3D signing avatar that can be viewed from any angle, at any speed. For people who are looking for a way to develop basic communication between themselves and the deaf or hard-of-hearing in their life, Sign4Me may help break down communication barriers by demonstrating how to make the sign for over 10,000 words.

To utilize Sign4Me, users type in a word in the upper field and then tap the sign icon at the bottom. To control the viewing angle, use your finger to rotate the signing avatar. You can also tap the screen to pull up a sliding speed scale to slow down the signing, turn looping on or off, or return the avatar to his default position and viewing angle. In many cases, in the event that the intended meaning of a word is subject to clarification, such as with the word "can," Sign4Me will ask which meaning of the word you want to sign.

There is no doubt that Sign4Me puts users in control of viewing and allows your own preferences to take precedent. In terms of accuracy, the few words I do know were accurately represented as I have learned them, but their could be discrepancies. As for using Sign4Me as a study aid if you are taking a deaf studies or ASL class, I am not sure whether it would be helpful, but it could likely be used as a dictionary for individual words. The developer states it is intended to be useful to beginners interested in learning to sign to aid in communication between themselves and the deaf or hard-of-hearing.

If you are interested or have the need to learn basic signs, Sign4Me is definitely capable of demonstrating the signs with a strong visual impact. The ability to rotate viewing angles to see the signs from both the front and the back are extremely helpful. Controlling the speed to view exact finger position for the more complex signs is equally helpful.

Obviously Sign4Me is not intended to replace extensive studies and classroom instruction for those pursuing ASL certification or any other advanced form of deaf studies and communications, but could be a useful tool for those with limited or no knowledge who have the need to learn basic translation.

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  • Dennis

    Um...don't see any potential worth of this app actually...useless.
    If you have to type the words on the iphone, simply show them the words.
    UNLESS the deaf person is illiterate also...what's the odds?

  • user

    ur an idiot
    u can use this to learn to sign

  • Matthew

    The distinction between Signed English and American Sign Language is quite simple: Signed English is, as its me indicates, English; American Sign Language is, as its name indicates, a language.

    What this app does is not translation. Translation is converting from one language to another. Converting from English (in written, spoken, signed, or semaphored form) to Japanese or to American Sign Language is translation. Signed English is English—not American Sign Language, not Japanese SL, not Japanese, not Inuktitut. This app converts from written English to signed English, which is no more translation than is converting from written English to spoken English (also known as “reading aloud”). English in Morse code is not Portuguese, it's English. English, whether signed, spoken, written, or carried in Morse, semaphore, or Enigma code, is English. Encoding spoken English in Roman script (also called "writing something down") is not translation, so neither is encoding English in semaphore or sign.

    This app shows Signed English encodings of words, which is useful to anyone who wishes to learn the coding system Signed English, which in turn is useful for academic discussions of the English language. It is not used for everyday communication, but one might imagine it’s very useful to have means of expressing English without continually writing.

    Learning Signed English can be detrimental for those who wish to learn a signed language, like American or British Sign Language. Those who have knowledge of Signed English can mistakenly apply that knowledge to a signed language, and the un-learning of those encodings can be more than a trivial complication.