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Can Sign Language be a course on Duolingo?

I am trying to learn sign language and i find Duolingo to be an awesome site. Dont get me wrong there are plenty of courses here to choose but im interested in sign language as well . Could that be another course in the near future?

May 18, 2017



if you want to learn sign language just type in BSL.co.uk. (Bsl stands for British Sign Language).


Even though Duolingo doesn't have sign language, you can learn it through the Memrise app, or Memrise.com. It teaches American Sign Language (ASL). If you go there, search for "ASL," and it has lessons! I'm doing it right now and it's pretty good.


There are too many problems with that. Duolingo is not set up to do any languages that are not spoken and written. It wouldn't be the best at all way to learn Sign Language especially if there are no videos. Videos are important to learning Sign Language. Duolingo isn't set up to be able to handle that.

There are too many different Sign Languages. If Duolingo was to add one, it would probably be American Sign Language (ASL) because the headquarters are based there. I would assume a small percentage is from just the US.

When I'm learning ASL, I use https://www.signschool.com/

Completely free and easy to learn.


Some sign languages are written languages. :)

Here's an ASL example, about the different ways to write something in ASL without translating it into another language like English first: https://www.handspeak.com/write/index.php?id=3

OTOH, ASL hasn't settled on which writing system to use:

Regardless of the writing systems, it's a Deaf community that will evolve a writing system and its digits to the highest potential of writing. No writing system will be official for the next years to ensure that it gives the Deaf community a room to experiment and evolve some digits to the highest efficient usage.

Duolingo should wait for native signers of ASL to reach a consensus on which written standard to use before adding courses teaching ASL and before adding courses for ASL signers.


Yes, I am aware that Sign Languages are written. I wasn't clear but I said "...languages that are not spoken and written."


Yeah, I was thinking of how Duolingo does so much better with the written part of a language than the spoken part, so many it could do so much better with the written part of a language than the signed part...

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    Duo would have to make some changes to their system for that, also there are many different sign languages.


    There are many different forms of every language. British English has an entirely different vocabulary than American English, and Spain and Mexico are not speaking the same Spanish, I promise! And within even these broad categories of languages, there are many more categories. In American English there is proper/formal English, Ebonics, slang, casual English... and what's more, is each of these versions is completely different depending on where within the country you go! As a Northener attending school in the South, I can tell you for sure the Southern proper English is not the same as Northern proper! What I'm getting at is that no language is an exclusive group of black and white... languages are altered by location, situation, necessity, religion, and so much more... but DuoLingo has thus far managed to provide excellent lessons in many languages! I do not doubt their ability to create a wonderful introductory course for sign language, if they wanted to, that is.

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      Why are you explaining this to me? Sign Language' is not ONE language with different forms. If that's how you think then I guess we all also just speak one language, just in different forms.

      They are not always just different forms, they are actually different languages in many cases! An ASL speaker and a USL speaker would have a hard time understanding each other, they are not dialects or forms. I only mentioned that because I know many people that think 'sign language' is one universal language, it seems you are one of them. Ethnologue lists 142 sign languages, some are intelligible with each other but many also aren't. Ukrainian Sign Language and American Sign Language (the examples I used) are not the same as your Southern English or Northern English.

      What's your point, regarding what I wrote in my 1st post that you replied to?


      I understand that there are different languages that incorporate signing, hence why it is necessary to specify AMERICAN sign language or JAMAICAN sign language... My point was that there are many different languages and dialects all around the world, and DuoLingo has managed to incorporate many of those languages into the system, including some that many wouldn't even consider full and distinct languages... And to be fair, there are dialects of English that I legitimately cannot understand... but the basis still lies in the same language.


      Not really, all they'd need to do is implement images of the signs in the lessons.


      Oooh, that would be great if they got it.


      I'm right there with ya! I'm a native English-speaker and it has absolutely always been my goal to be fluent in both Spanish and sign language. Thus far DuoLingo has been the most helpful and motivational language-learning tool that I have discovered, and it is really helping me with my Spanish... but there are very few resources online that are free and easy-to-use for sign language! I know that it would be impossible for the course to follow the same format as the other languages, but I do not think that the creation of such a course would be by any means impossible.


      Unfortunately sign language is not universal. Different countries, different sign languages! unbelievable! don't you think?

      In order to learn sign language, you rather need, ideally face to face interaction, otherwise videos, in my opinion.

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        I really don't understand why so few people know there are multiple sign languages.

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