October 15, 2012
by Emily Price
Award-winning deaf actress Marlee Matlin, has partnered with MEDL Mobile for the release of Marlee Signs, an app that teaches users the fundamentals of American Sign language.
“I wanted to create a simple, visual presentation of American Sign Language vocabulary that’s the next best thing to taking a class,” Matlin said in a statement.
“It’s a great starting point for learning ASL the way it should – visually, in full motion, and not just static images on a page. It’s not a substitute for taking a sign language class but I think it’s the next best thing!”
The app teaches you the basics of American Sign Language at your own pace, starting with the signed alphabet and moving on to common expressions you might use in everyday life.
Each sign is demonstrated with a video of Matlin, a more hands-on experience than other apps that just show pictures. Completed lessons are checked off as you complete them, and a “Slow Motion” function allows you to slow any video down to ensure you’re getting the sign right.
“We believe that Marlee’s breakthrough appeal will help introduce ASL to a broad new audience through the iPhone and iPad,” says Dave Swartz, MEDL Co-founder and CCO.
Matlin is the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar for her debut film “Children of a Lesser God,” and current stars in the ABC Family drama “Switch at Birth.” An advocate for the deaf community, she played a key role in the federal legislation for closed captioning.
Marlee Signs is available now for free for iOS from the App Store. The app comes with a free basic lesson pack, with additional lesson packs available as in-app purchases for $3.99.