Help and Information

Here are some useful, quick tips.

Search dictionary

Filter word: Enter a keyword in the search box to see a list of available words with the "All" selection. Click on the page number if needed. Click on the blue link to look up the word. For best results, enter a parial word to see variations of the word. E.g. "help" instead of "helping/ed/ful".

Screenshot of dictionary search with notes
Screenshot of the search dictionary

Alphabetical letters: It's useful for 1) a single-letter word (such as A, B, etc.) and 2) very short words (e.g. "to", "he", etc.) to narrow down the words and pages in the list.

Screenshot of dictionary search with notes
Screenshot of the search dictionary

Pagination: Click the next page to see more words if any.

Don't forget to click "All" back when you search another word that begins with a different letter.

Search topics/tutorials
How to search keyword
Search in Learn section

In the "Learn" section, enter a keyword in the filter field and a list of the links will appear below the field. Click on the pagination if needed for more links. Click on the link to see a tutorial or article. The tutorial or article may have links of the related topics or posts at the bottom of the pages.

For the sequential links, you may select the tabs "Beginner" and "Booster" as step-by-step tutorials. Or, browse Baby Signing for categorized topics of language acquisition in sign language.

Change speed in the videos

The built-in-browser playback speed is relatively new. It works only in the latest Chromium-based browsers such as Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge (at least on the PC platforms that I am aware of so far). Download the latest version of your browser if needed.

video menu

See the 3-dot menu inside the bottom right corner of the video. Click on it to open the menu.

video menu

Click on the Playback Speed and adjust the speed.

The best thing about this feature is that it is available on all videos, using the right Chromium-based browsers.

Turn on/off captions in the videos

Some videos, particularly the stories and fables, provide subtitles available for PatronPlus subscribers on this website. The subtitles may be automatically on. But, if you'd like to turn it on or off manually. Here is how:

video menu

See the 3-dot menu inside the bottom right corner of the video. Click on it to open the menu.

video menu

Click on the Captions or the symbol CC.

video menu

Whereever mentioned in the articles/posts on this website, there may be another track for the glosses other than the default English subtitles. Open the three-dot menu in the video, select the Captions and then Glosses.

Dark Mode (subscribers)

Do you like to work late at night and/or would prefer a less-bright interface? Enter, night mode. After logging in, you can switch the light or night mode in ther upper right menu.

Subscription: sign up

If you're not a subscriber and wish to sign up, you can click on the user icon in the menu from any page on the website.

sign up

Note that the subscriptions are paywalls to access some partial premium content on the site and to have ads turned off.

Subscription: log in

If you're already a paid subscriber, you can log in from any page on the website by clicking on the "login" icon in the menu.

menu login

Then, enter your credentials and you will be automatically redirected back to the last page you landed on.

If you forget your password, click on the "Forget Password" link. You should receive an email to reset your password. Check your spam folder if you don't receive it within minutes or so.

Note that multiple logins on the devices at the same time are not permitted as per the terms.

If you need to go to your Handspeak account or Dashboard, click on the setting "gear" icon in the menu after you log in.


In the Dashboard, you can view or update your subscription status, cancel your subscription, re-subscribe, submit a help ticket, etc.

Transcription (glossing)

Notice some capital letters of a word and other transcription symbols found in this site as well as other books, websites, etc.? They are a written representation of the signed sentences. Glossing is not a translation. Become familiar with the transcription symbols.

HandSpeak® App

Open the Handspeak web app/site directly from the icon on your phone or even desktop! How to download the app.

Handspeak on Surface Duo
Screenshot from double-screen Surface Duo: web app (left screen) and web site (right screen)

If you have a double screen phone like Surface Duo, you can open Handspeak through the app and the web browser on both screen where you can read a post on one screen and look up a signed word on the other other screen.

No double-screen phone? No worries, you can do the same on your desktop. You can use two browsers side by side on your desktop.

Questions? Send an email.