Survival prep tools

Signs, definitions and other helpful tools for doing your prep work. They provide lexical choices for terms in the categories listed below, however, please keep in mind, that these are representations of the general term and may not be the appropriate sign to use in every situation.  When possible, seek the guidance from a native ASL user, your mentor and your professional colleagues, or using the many educational interpreting networking sites available.


American Sign Language University

ASLU is an online curriculum resource center.  ASLU provides free self-study materials and lessons as well as fee-based instructor-guided courses.  Some of the highlights include:

  • ASL 1-2 (15 Lesson Plans each) - FREE
    (If you want more advanced, there is a fee)
  • ASL Lexical Dictionary
  • ASL Phrases Dictionary
  • Fingerspelling Practice & Lesson Tools - with tests!
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing Jokes - in print!
  • Teaching ASL - TIPS, Games, etc.


Visit American Sign Language University »


David BarTzur The Interpreter's Friend

Created by the late David Bar-Tzur

This is a wealthy website! It is full of valuable resources for any interpreter, especially in the educational setting. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • ASL translations of songs and ritual texts, including Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc.
  • Interpreting for Deaf-Blind people
  • Interpreting for religious/spiritual topics
  • Interpreting for technical/specialized topics
  • Multiculturalism
  • Artistic interpreting

Visit The Interpreter's Friend »


Dictionaries of Signs

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