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July 1, 2013 / carlispina

Practice ASL with the Baobab App

The BaobabGallaudet University has released a storybook app aimed at those who are learning American Sign Language. The original story, entitled The Baobab, is about a little girl who goes on an adventure to explore outside the boundary of her village. Illustrated with beautiful watercolor paintings, the story is quite cute by itself, but the app’s main purpose it to teach ASL. Throughout the story, words are highlighted and touching those words reveals a short video showing both the sign for the highlighted word and also how to finger spell the word. The app also includes short videos on each page that show that entire page in sign language or you can opt to watch a full video of the entire story which is also available in the app. For those learning ASL, there is also a dictionary of signs that presents all of the videos in alphabetical order, making it easy to practice specific words multiple times.

This is a great option for young children who are learning ASL. The story is cute, the artwork is beautiful and the videos of the signs are clear and presented in a way that is good for those who are new to sign language. It will keep children entertained and engaged and is even a good resource for adult ASL learners who want to practice their skills and pick up new signs. It is well worth its $6.99 price tag.

A page from the app with one of the pop-up videos.

A page from the app with one of the pop-up videos.

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