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Snapchat has a new lens to help you learn the American Sign Language alphabet

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Snap is launching a new Snapchat lens that can help you learn American Sign Language (ASL). It’s called ASL Alphabet Lens and Snapchat is launching it in partnership with SignAlla company that has built technology that can translate sign language.

“Entirely led by team members for the deaf and hard of hearing here at Snap, dubbed the ‘Deafengers’, the ASL alphabet lens teaches you to spell your name, practice the ASL alphabet and play games that test new skills,” Snap said in a blog post

Screenshots of the ASL Alphabet Lens app.

You can try the lens through this link, which should open in Snapchat if you have the app on your phone. I played for a few minutes for it and was quite impressed. The lesson I tried taught me how to spell the alphabet with my fingers. Holding my phone in one hand, I drew with the other, mimicking the hand shapes shown on the screen. The lens also provides a tool to help you spell words with your finger and a tool to help you remember which hand shapes are which letter.

Snapchat also launched stickers and AR lenses with SignAll in September for International Week of the Deaf.

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