Welcome to SLTD.tv (Sign Language Translation Dictionary TV)
SLTD.tv has been a pet project of mine over the past few years. It’s the world’s first online cross sign-language dictionary, that serves for translating from one sign-language to another. This website is a prototype, for this concept, which can be further enhanced and expanded upon in the future.
Currently this online dictionary translates between American Sign Language (ASL) to Israeli Sign Language (ISL) and back. In other words, it’s the world’s first American-English to Hebrew, and Hebrew to American-English sign language translation dictionary.
The website was designed in such a manner so it could support additional sign-languages from around the world, and therefore the user-interface requires users to select their ‘Translate-From’ language and ‘Translate-To’ language, similar in nature to how Google Translate handles this. Given, time, demand, interest and funding, it would be possible to expand this dictionary to include additional major world sign-languages in the future.
The Inspiration for this Pet Project
In 2005 I attended with my younger deaf sister a Jewish Deaf Congress Conference, which was held in Tampa, Florida. Attending the conference was also a group of deaf Israelis. Being as the conference was held in the US, it was obviously conducted in ASL (American Sign Language), and I noticed that the Israelis were having a harder time following along. It was this observation that sowed the the initial idea for this product.
It should be noted that ISL over the years has borrowed and adopted signs from ASL, the richest and most used sign language in the world. Yet despite that, there are still enough differences, which can impede on good communications, between deaf from different countries, and therefore I hope that this pet project will assist to bridge this gap in communication.
Tikkun Olam תיקון עולם
It’s my hope that this project, may serve in some small way the Jewish philosophical concept of Tikkun Olam. Wikipedia aptly defines this concept as following:
Tikkun olam (Hebrew: תיקון עולם) is a Hebrew phrase that means “repairing the world” (or “healing and restoring the world”) which suggests humanity’s shared responsibility “to heal, repair and transform the world.” Read more about this on Wikipedia: Tikkun Olam
Last but not least I’d like to personally thank everyone who helped, and participated in this project, as well as to friends and colleagues who provided valued morale support.
It’s my hope that you’ll find this website useful and educational. After the beta I plan to set up an accompanying Facebook page, where one will also be able comment and communicate.
Thanks and kind regards,
Noam A. Rotem
Founder, Owner and CPO (Chief Product Officer) of SLTD.TV
Tel Aviv, Israel
 More about sign languages from around the world you can read about on Wikipedia List of sign languages