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American Sign Language Alphabet Quiz
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Feb 2nd, 2010 at 04:48 GMT
Hah, I was expecting them all to be gimmes like L, W, and V, but this was more challenging than I thought. Educational though, and very fun. Nice job.
Feb 2nd, 2010 at 17:29 GMT
Feb 3rd, 2010 at 21:05 GMT
It you made me do it in 60 seconds I woulda been screwed
Apr 21st, 2010 at 18:29 GMT
Thank goodness it was only the alphabet, beacuse that's pretty much all I know. I had to go through it a couple of times, though. Nice quiz!
Apr 22nd, 2010 at 21:56 GMT
Ahhhh I got messed up by F because it's not shown from the side, where the sign actually looks like an upside-down f
Apr 23rd, 2010 at 04:24 GMT
I didn't realize I remembered that. Awesome.
Apr 23rd, 2010 at 12:49 GMT
Kept having to scroll up and down in order see the signs, which made it clumsy.
Apr 25th, 2010 at 02:02 GMT
thanks for the comments, scrolling problems can be solved by zooming out your internet page
May 26th, 2010 at 02:05 GMT
done with 40 seconds left....only because i messed up due to the g which looked like a q to me. good quiz
Jun 22nd, 2010 at 09:56 GMT
better pictures for Z and J can be found, but they would give away the answer, wanna help me make one for LSE (Spanish Sign Language)
Jul 28th, 2010 at 02:20 GMT
I liked this quiz! I found it easy, but I know ASL... but i liked the set up and the signs were clear. Well done!
Oct 7th, 2010 at 04:43 GMT
I learned a slightly different 'B'. http://vcda.rcav.org/asl/asl-b.jpg . Just saying. Nice quiz.
Apr 27th, 2011 at 01:10 GMT
i know my ASL! WOOT! took it for 2 years and still got it! Actually was taught it when I was a child too, like age 5. COol quiz!
Aug 26th, 2011 at 00:46 GMT
Jan 30th, 2012 at 14:18 GMT
Is "B" supposed to be like that because i thought the thumb goes inward?
Game published: Jul 1st, 2012 at 15:03 GMT
Jul 1st, 2012 at 15:13 GMT
I've generally seen U made with the index and middle fingers straight up, not angled, but maybe that's a "dialect" issue.
Jul 1st, 2012 at 15:37 GMT
I wish I knew sign language. It seems like a really cool way to communicate. Alas, all I got in this were the ones like W, L, and V that look like just like they do as written letters xD
Jul 1st, 2012 at 15:45 GMT
Great quiz! I just wish I knew sign language better.
Jul 1st, 2012 at 16:52 GMT
I've always wondered how different British Sign Language is to ASL. Are they mutually intelligible? And in BSL: would you sign an "R" if it comes at the end of a word?
Jul 1st, 2012 at 16:55 GMT
@cripple_creek: ASL is completely different to BSL. American signers and British signers wouldn't understand each other. ASL does have a lot in common with French sign language though, so French and American signers can kind of understand each other, but not perfectly.
Jul 1st, 2012 at 17:17 GMT
My 2nd grade teacher had us learn this... almost 14 years later, I still remember it... However, I was never 100% sure how to sign Q and X. Now I know! Thanks, Sporcle!
Jul 1st, 2012 at 17:45 GMT
@bazmerelda If you think ASL and BSL are completely different, try JSL, Japanese sign language...makes my head spin. It is interesting how many people mistake literal English signing with ASL; it's a completely different language that relies heavily on facial/body expression.
Jul 1st, 2012 at 18:47 GMT
Jul 1st, 2012 at 19:27 GMT
I know these, but for some reason had a hard time visualizing the hand positions from the drawings. Had to run through the alphabet with my hands while doing the quiz to remind myself of some of them!
Jul 1st, 2012 at 19:41 GMT
@cripple_creek - further to earlier comments, one major difference between these letters and the BSL ones is that most (excepting only C!) letters in BSL use both hands.
Jul 1st, 2012 at 20:40 GMT
I never really got why "z" and "j" involve motion. It seems like they all should be stationary, if just for consistency.
Jul 1st, 2012 at 20:47 GMT
Ah! I used to know all of these. What happened to my brain? Oh, wait, I know: age + sporcle-itis.
Jul 1st, 2012 at 21:06 GMT
rivertam42: probably because if we're already deaf, they don't want to compound it by making us break our fingers.
Jul 1st, 2012 at 23:20 GMT
I got this pretty easily since both my parents are fluent in ASL, but I did have to run through the alphabet once or twice because some of the pictures were a little hard to figure out. A lot of people think that sign language is a completely universal language, but it isn't. Apparently in Chinese sign language, the hands form the word's character. And as with anything, there are plenty of variations depending on where you're from. :)
Jul 1st, 2012 at 23:24 GMT
Am I the only one who mixes up R and X because the sign for R looks like an X and the sign for X looks like a lower-case R?
Jul 2nd, 2012 at 01:02 GMT
@leftyfreak: I've always thought that!
Jul 2nd, 2012 at 01:21 GMT
Huh, have I been making "n" wrong all these years? I thought it looked like an "m" but with your thumb in between your index and middle fingers...hmmm.
Jul 2nd, 2012 at 13:28 GMT
@theworryrock: it's not necessarily "wrong" per se, and a lot of books do show it that way, but when you're fingerspelling quickly, N and M are more about the two/three fingers than what your thumb is doing.
Jul 2nd, 2012 at 14:03 GMT
@shel99 I had to too! These pictures are kinda confusing...but cool quiz!!!!
Jul 2nd, 2012 at 18:09 GMT
I know how to sign the alphabet in ASL, but I have now learned that I don't know what they actually look like! This was hard! Great quiz :)
Jul 2nd, 2012 at 20:11 GMT
How is "Z" not the most correctly answered one on this quiz?
Jul 3rd, 2012 at 04:12 GMT
@rivertam42: ASL (like all sign languages) is a language of motion, so z and j make perfect sense. It's hard to learn just from pictures, because pictures are stationary. If a signer is fingerspelling, for instance, she doesn't pause between each letter as if each letter were a still picture. The whole word is a series of motions, letters blending into other letters.
Jul 3rd, 2012 at 04:16 GMT
BSL (British SL) and ASL (American SL) are completely different from each other, as another poster said. This isn't even the BSL alphabet... their fingerspelling alphabet uses two hands. None of the letters are the same as the ASL alphabet. Auslan (Australian Sign Language) uses the same alphabet as BSL, although the actual languages differ. The sign language in each country has to do with the deaf community and the people who first decided to educate the deaf communities in that nation... hence, LSF (French Sign Language) and ASL are similar, while BSL and Auslan are similar.
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