November 18, 2017

Giphy wants to teach you sign language

Dolapo IyunadeFeb 17, 20172min

Ever wanted to learn sign language? It’s time to be excited because Giphy released an extensive GIF library on Thursday with more than 2,000 words and phrases in American Sign Language.

To create the GIFs, Giphy cut videos from the popular educational series Sign With Robert. The GIFs show they simply show Sign with Robert creator Robert DeMayo, who has been deaf since birth, signing a word over and over, with a text caption explaining what they mean.


“The GIF format has the ability to loop infinitely, so it’s perfect for learning new signs,” Hilari Scarl, director and producer for Sign With Robert said. “It doesn’t require the back and forth of hitting play, rewind or repeat.”

“I think the Deaf community will be able to have fun with the GIFs and use them in emails, texts and social media to add humor, clarification or emphasis,” Scarl said. “Giphy included over 2,000 signs so there is something for everyone.”


You can find the GIFs by searching “Sign With Robert” within Giphy.

Dolapo Iyunade

Chocolate lover, computer engineering student at covenant university.

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