No, There's No Duolingo ASL. Try These Options Instead.
- Donovan NagelTeacher, translator, polyglot🎓 B.A., Theology, Australian College of Theology, NSW🎓 M.A., Applied Linguistics, University of New England, NSW
Applied Linguistics graduate, teacher and translator. Founder of The Mezzofanti Guild and Talk In Arabic.
Duolingo currently does not offer an ASL (American Sign Language) version, even though there’s quite a high demand for it.
As one of the most popular free language apps, Duolingo continues to be very popular with the languages it covers, but it hasn’t ventured into the realm of American Sign Language yet (the app can’t really facilitate Sign Language in its current form).
You can see this Duolingo review to learn more about the app.
As for ASL, the good news is that despite there being no Duolingo ASL yet, there are some excellent alternatives available. I’ve listed a few of the best ones below, but you can find my more comprehensive list of ASL apps and courses here.
Rocket Sign Language (both web and mobile app) as a Duolingo ASL alternative is definitely suited to the structured learner type. If you’re looking for a straight progression from the basics up to to advanced level content, you’ll enjoy it.
This one’s always been the top of my recommendations for Sign Language learners (see this Rocket Languages review).
Of course, you don’t have to learn in a straight path and can choose your own path if you prefer.
For a solid, high quality Duolingo ASL alternative, this is my first choice.
After Rocket Sign Language, Lingvano would be my second go-to app for learning ASL.
Lingvano gamifies the learning process - quite similar to Duolingo’s style - making it engaging (and addictive) to progress through lessons and build sentences. The platform provides plenty of practice activities, and the ability to use your camera to verify your signing accuracy is pretty impressive.
While Lingvano offers both ASL and BSL (British Sign Language) with interactive features, my only disappointment is the pricing structure which I think is overpriced.
Thankfully, there’s an option to try a lesson for free.
3. ASL Bloom
ASL Bloom is one that I genuinely found to be an excellent tool for families and friends eager to learn signing.
It’s beginner-friendly, guiding users from the basics and employing spaced repetition for effective learning.
The videos are incredibly instructional, ensuring you sign correctly, and the added bonus of cultural lessons provides depth to the learning experience. The Sign Bank is a handy feature for quick sign referencing.
Like Lingvano, my main issue is with the recurring subscription pricing model. For those unsure, there’s a free trial with several lessons to test it out.
4. The ASL App
I recently gave The ASL App a try, designed by the deaf community.
Its main draw is its simplicity, offering multiple vocabulary lists from colors to pop culture. While the app’s design isn’t the most intuitive, it compensates by providing video flashcards with options to replay, slow down, and even save signs to a favorites list for revisiting.
The pricing is the standout feature compared to the others on this list - it’s budget-friendly.
$9.99 grants access to all content, including future sign bundles which is a no-brainer.
The app might be basic, but it’s undeniably handy for learning Sign Language.
Despite there being no Sign Language version of Duolingo, you still have good alternatives
So I hope that helps.
I also can’t end this without recommending italki for Sign Language lessons (not only ASL). There are some amazing teachers on there at extremely low hourly rates.
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