Hearing-impaired people are some of the loveliest ones around. In my personal experience, I found them to be more honest and expressive than other people. This is why I believe that learning sign language should be prioritized over another language. The five best sign language apps for Android are designed in such a way that you will not only be able to translate the signs but also in the process learn the language. However, just like every language has different dialects, sign language also has some inconsistencies according to the region.
Many countries use ASL which means American Sign Language. If you’re going to learn, it is better to go with the most common language. Unless you are in Britain, when you will have to use the sign language being used there. Thankfully, the differences are not drastic, and you can, with a little effort, learn both of them. Having a sibling or a child who is hearing-impaired can be challenging but with the proper use of sign language and training, you will be able to communicate with them freely.
Note: The five best sign language apps for Android were tested on a Sony Xperia Z smartphone. The apps worked fine, and there were no problems faced during testing. Some of the apps may require an Internet connection to provide additional features. The apps are not in any particular order.
Sign Language for Beginners
This app is not amazing, but it has the potential to teach you effectively. The interface is not great, the images are of very low quality, and the app itself has nothing more to offer than pictures and their explanation. Thankfully, to learn sign language, you will need to see the gestures and learn what they mean. This is exactly what this app provides, even though the wrapping paper is a bit wrinkled.
This app contains a large array of signs with images that describe the action. All of the signs are organized into various categories that start with numbers and alphabets. Off to the basics, the app gradually amps up the information you get. By the time you are done with the app, you will have learned greetings, days, time of the day, clothing, people, emotions, colors, meals, nature and health. But that’s not all, there is a ton of other things the app can teach you.Show Downloads
ASL American Sign Language
ASL American Sign Language comes with clear and distinct categories which will allow you to learn words that you need most. The app is completely free and does not invade your privacy, and it doesn’t even need extra permissions. This is a huge plus in my books because almost every app around wants to intrude in one way or another.
Learning alphabets and numbers is included in the app. commonly used phrases which are essential in conversation and vocabulary are also explained very well. The best thing about the app are the videos of basic signs. This actually allows you to see a person act out the action making everything easier to understand. I personally found it hard to follow pictures because static images do not translate well into motion.Show Downloads
This one here is all about videos. It is true that videos will help you learn sign language faster and more efficiently. However, it would have been nice to see some actual instructions in text form. I know I’m being nitpicky, not every app needs to do everything.
That is the case with this app; it does have a ton of videos for you to learn from but it also ignores another aspect. If you are off-line, then this app becomes quite useless to you. The bright side is, there are over 30,000 signs to review in this app and it is a great resource if you have a stable Internet connection.Show Downloads
JW Library Sign Language
The JW in this app stands for Jehovah’s Witnesses who you may recognize as the people who occasionally knock on your door to preach. But this app stands out because not only it provides you with great content regarding Christianity but also helps you in learning sign language.
Understand that it is not made for everyone but I simply couldn’t ignore the high-quality product, simply because it is associated with religion. You may not have those beliefs, but the amazing interface quality of the app and matching content warrants a look. If you are interested in watching Bible in sign language, then perhaps this is one of the best apps around. It should be included in the best Bible apps for Android list as well.Show Downloads
BSL British Sign Language
This app here is made for the British sign language and features great interface. Everything is divided into three categories, basic, tutorials, and memory. If you are starting new, going through the basics will certainly help you get a better grasp of the sign language.
Tutorials will help you via completed signs and memory will test what you have learned so far. It’s a great app which is made by the same people who have made the American version. The hundred basic signs come with video tutorials to teach you with ease. What this app also comes with is a sign language picture matching game that’s fun, as well as informative.Show Downloads
These were the best sign language apps for Android available on the Google play store. I hope these will help you learn the sound language with ease and effectiveness. I will also be learning the language myself as it is a great asset to have. If you want to learn other languages we also have the best language learning apps for Android list.
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