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ASL to English and English to ASL Dev

Anyone interested in generating some interest in making an ASL-English feature a reality on Duolingo?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/phyzelo

Gloves with markers in particular locations could make machine seeing easier. Or perhaps a Duolingo version that runs on X-box or Wii that can use their camera systems.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I don't think that idea will be adopted because it runs counter to Duolingo's avowed statement that DL courses would remain free to users. Though, on it's own its a great idea for a self-paced, online ASL course.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/phyzelo

Perhaps with a do it your self project or high contrast stickers on the hands?

The free aspect of Duolingo is relative not absolute. You do have to use a computer of some sort, electricity, and internet connection, somebody is paying for that. The majority of humanity does not have computer access.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OldSpiceGuy
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How would that work? It seems that the interface would have to be very different. Having the user translate from ASL might be possible with video, but translating to ASL would be pretty tough.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tygally

That's why I added "dev." There are ongoing efforts (mostly university-funded research) to allow machine-readable/translatable ASL input. It's worth exploring to see what the limitations are on Duolingo.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum
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I'm wondering how expensive it would be to have this kind of accurate motion tracking software. Plus, ASL is not written, so it would have to be all video-based (and imo those video dictionaries are always awkward looking :/ )

If you would like a place to learn ASL in the meantime, I'm very partial to this site. It has lessons, a dictionary, and cultural resources. It's owned and maintained by an ASL professor out of California: http://www.lifeprint.com/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tygally

As for written forms, check out http://www.si5s.org/ It's the closest to a written system that I've seen that can be mapped to a keyboard or text-tracer input.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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My desire to learn ASL is right up there with my desire to learn Japanese. So, I hope that course can become a reality here someday. :D

I haven't heard of lifeprint yet (going to check it out though! :D)

I recently used the ASL dictionary on www.aslpro.com for a project.)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/phyzelo

Duolingo tactile signing would be a challenge.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hellsoldierj

I was not born deaf. I can hear, However, I recently lost my ability to speak. I am at a lack for communication save for walking around with a pen and notebook. I need to learn ASL. I believe Duolingo can do an excellent job using just 2D models to imply the motions of ASL in a teaching format, although I agree it may be difficult to gauge learning without motion capture technology. I would be entirely too happy if even the basic alphabet and basic phrases (Such as excuse me, thank you, hello, etc.) were available for use and practice.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum
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I don't know if you saw my post, up there, but I encourage you to visit http://www.lifeprint.com/. It's done by a Deaf college professor in California. It includes basic phrases and a good video dictionary. It's a great place to start learning the grammar and basic words. As you need more words, there are other online resources, such as http://www.signingsavvy.com/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I'm now most of the way through lesson 18 of the Lifeprint video series (I forgot about Lifeprint, so, just started the videos about 2 months ago) and I've joined an active, local ASL club too. I'm loving it! I've had some h/Deaf folks recommend aslpro.com over signingsavvy for accuracy and b/c it is run by native signers.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tygally

Yes--saw it, but my desire is to have ASL have the benefit of Duolingo's gamified environment. It's not about me learning ASL, but making it fun for others to learn it. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sludgebucket

I want them to

3 years ago