The hard part of learning to sign the finger alphabet is not learning the forms, but learning to read and sign them at the speed that a native speaker would actually use.
Fingerspell Flashcards is an online flash card system to learn and build proficiency in Fingerspelling, both spelling out words and reading words that other people sign to you.
To reach this level, you need to practice. Other tools let you practice one letter at a time, and some learning CDs have a few words recorded as video, but these are quickly memorized.
You also need to practice your own alphabet. Most tools out there know about ASL, but that is really confusing if your languages is slightly different (say DSGS or DGS) and totally useless if your alphabet is completely different, such as the two handed British Sign Language (BSL).
Fingerspell Flashcards helps you to master fingerspelling:
With Fingerspell Flashcards, you can
Presently the FingerSpell Flashcards support:
Others languages can be included on request.
FSFC has three dictionairies:
By combining speed and complexity, you can increase your proficiency until you are satisfied with your abilities.
You can display the whole alphabet, enter your own word, or let Fingerspell Flashcards pick a character at random.
At this point, it is easy to learn the letters. Just repeat the letters as you see them. If you don't know the letter, click on the picture to show the letter.
Once you know the signs, switch to the "Easy" dictionary. This is a collection of around 400 popular first names. The average length is 5 characters, and you are familiar with most of the words. Reading the words helps you learn to recognize words. Repeating builds dexterity. As you get better, increase the speed.
The principal is the same:
The challenge of fingerspelling is keeping up with proficient signers at their accustomed speed.
When you are proficient with the easy dictionary played "Fast", it is time to switch to the "Hard" Dictionary. Probably you will have to slow down to understand the words, but with practice, you'll be able to read and sign long words.
The principle is the same:
With long words, it helps to parse into syllables as you read them. It's easier to remember 3 syllables than 10 characters.