Marlee’s goal is to help as many people as possible learn sign language so that we can all better communicate with each other.
And right now the Marlee Keyboard is FREE! We will be adding new functions as it grows but for this first version, Marlee wants you to have it at no cost!
The Marlee Keyboard uses a combination of Visual Learning and Kinesthetic (Physical) Learning to help users associate Sign Language characters with their corresponding alphabet character.
Or in simple English, you learn by both seeing and doing.
You see the familiar QWERTY keyboard populated with sign characters. You tap the sign, and it shows up on the screen in the familiar alphabet.
This keyboard DOES NOT create sign characters in the actual text field. It converts the image of the sign to the actual letter - so that users can learn the signs through using a familiar keyboard. However, we are working on an update that will allow users to create messages using the actual characters.
In addition to a sign keyboard the app includes cut and paste animations that allow you to send animated sign language via email, text, chat, Facebook, Twitter, What’sApp or in any application that supports a native keyboard.
To use the Marlee Keyboard, you’ll need to go through the installation process. When you download the app, you’ll be guided through that process.
Marlee signs was created by MEDL Mobile and Academy Award Winning Actress, Marlee Matlin, who have come together to use mobile technology to increase awareness and education for sign language. Be sure to also check out Marlee Signs with video sign language lessons - also on the App Store.
Ratings and Reviews
As a deaf person, I was disappointed in this App. I will state why. First, I thought the keyboard in ASL will show up in iMessage, not to change to English text in iMessages. Second, the moving pictures did not work in iMessage. There was no way to copy paste it in the iMessage. Also, it wouldn't go in the iMessage when I click on it. Here are my suggestions:
1. Deaf people wants to use ASL abc in texts. I know hearing people doesn't want that feature but if I am texting a Deaf person I would like that option to be able to fingerspell in text.
2. The moving pictures was unable to be utilized. Perhaps, fix this bug,so I can give a review on this feature.
3. I would pay for extra features such as ASL characters etc.
It seems most of the users here don’t know how to actually use a custom apple keyboard. Apple doesn’t give much leeway when accessing their phone so it only copies the emoji to your board, you have to paste it in your message box afterward to see it!
Also, the keyboard works as intended, it’s not possible to type out mini hands with what apple gives as “access" to developers. It’d sure be nice if it did though! So with that said, 4 stars.
A teaching keyboard for folks who don’t know sign language well.
Hi all, I’m on the team that developed the Marlee Keyboard. We are honored to work with Marlee to help fulfill her vision of teaching ASL. This keyboard was designed to help people like me - who can’t read sign language very well - to learn what the different letters look like. And for people who need to practice. The keyboard teaches by reinforcing the proper signs for each letter as you type. We will be adding more and more features and ways to use the keyboard moving forward. Enjoy the app for FREE while we keep making it better!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.