SignWriting List
March 22, 2012

Hello Eduardo, Stefan and everyone -

WELCOME, Eduardo, to the SignWriting List and world-wide community of signwriters…

I am so happy that Stefan Woehrmann, from Germany, welcomed you, since Stefan is one of the most skilled teachers of SignWriting. You can read about Stefan's work on our SignWriting web site:

SignWriting in Germany

And yes, Stefan, I did already tell Eduardo and Steve that I plan to create a SignPuddle for Uruguay…I am, as always, running late, but it is coming Eduardo…smile...

So until it is ready, you are welcome to start using the ASL dictionary SignPuddle file, and then we can transfer your signs into the Uruguay SignPuddle dictionary as soon as it is ready -

So if you want to start to write, Eduardo, go to:

American Sign Language Dictionary SignPuddle

and scroll down and register and login with a username and password

Register first. Then close the file and open it again and Login with the username and password so the signs you write are yours to change and edit…

Tell us the signs you write by placing your name in the Source area of the entry. I know this is very new for you. But do not worry, it will all become very easy soon…with everyone's help -

we are like a big family, so do not hesitate to ask questions -

I have to do an errand for my immediate family and then I am back to work on the following:

1. Preparing the entire Book of Mark in ASL for posting on the web, completed by Ronald Dettloff's Shores Deaf Church - great work that must be posted…
2. Preparing the Uruguay SignPuddle Dictionary and Literature files
3. Getting a listing of all of the schools using SignWriting right now that I know of -

So Ron, Eduardo, Andre and Maria - your work is on my list of To-Dos ;-)

And thank you, Stefan, for teaching Eduardo and for helping - congrats on your enormous accomplishment in Hamburg -

Val ;-)


On Mar 22, 2012, at 10:21 AM, Stefan Wöhrmann wrote:

> Hello Eduardo and welcome to our SignWriting family all over the world. 
> Well to learn to read and write the ABC of the Sign Language in Uruguay
> should not be a difficult task - smile 
> What we need to support you in doing so is a reference Video - that shows
> the performance of these hand shapes. Do you know of a internet - video that
> shows the ABC in your Sign Language?  
> Do we already have a SignPuddle Dictionary for Uruguay. 
> Perhaps you can ask Valerie .... smile! 
> It will take some time to become a good scribe but it is so easy to learn to
> read SignWriting. There are already some very good tutorials, teaching
> material... 
> The best way is to start with well known signs (numbers, letter, country
> signs, signs that explain themselves - to swim, to smoke, to sleep, house, )
> Just start to ask questions following the rule: one email - one question -- 
> All the best and a wonderful start with this amazing invention of Valerie
> Sutton! 
> What is the indigenous sign for "Uruguay"  - just hand shape "U" or
> additional rotation movement? 
> Stefan  
> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: SignWriting List: Read and Write Sign Languages
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] Im Auftrag von Eduardo Trápani
> Gesendet: Donnerstag, 22. März 2012 17:01
> An: [log in to unmask]
> Betreff: Beginner in Uruguayan Sign Language
> Hi!
> I've been taking classes for only three weeks, so you can safely
> consider me a total beginner in Sign Language.  I'd like to use
> SignWriting for taking notes and to contribute at least the signs for
> the alphabet in our language.
> I work as software localizer and SignWriting is also very interesting
> from that point of view.  I hope to keep on learning about it from the
> existing documentation and the exchanges on the list.
> Cheers, Eduardo.