Developed an Android application for hearing “the gospel of Mark in Russian sign language”


29 September 2018 in Moscow at the conference “Translation of the gospel of Mark in Russian sign language: traditions and innovations” was presented a new Android app for the deaf “the gospel of Mark for RSL,” according to patriarhiei.

The conference was held in two languages — sign language and Russian, was going deaf and hard of hearing, including members of the community Centre for work with deaf and hard of hearing “right Hand”, a branch of which opened on this day in Moscow the temple of the Holy Prince Alexander Nevsky at MGIMO. Discussed such issues as the specifics of the language, the lack of established rules of sign language, the role of the pantomime translating complex biblical sites, the importance of the semantic testing, and others.

The app can be downloaded on Google Play; a month later released a version for Apple devices.

The original design of the Institute for Bible translation includes the videos with the translation of the gospel of Mark for RSL, divided into semantic passages. The sign is accompanied by a translation plug-in subtitles with an adapted Russian text created on the basis of reverse translation from RSL.

Subtitles neslysim will help in understanding the gesture of translation, allowing you to compare the sign story with the written text of the gospel; the audio accompanying the videos will be helpful for those hard of hearing who know sign language and the hearing members of deaf families and those who work in education of the deaf.

Translation of the gospel is accompanied by a commentary to biblical concepts and terms. The app also includes videosaver that you can follow links from the text of the gospel within the app under each video.

The project to translate the gospel of Mark on Russian sign language is in direct and key participation of deaf and hard — of-hearing native speakers of Russian sign language. The work is conducted by the Institute for Bible translation in partnership with the Centre for work with deaf and hard of hearing “right Hand”, in cooperation with the Coordination centre for work with deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing at the Synodal Department for Church charity and social Ministry and the Russian public organization “all-Russian society of the deaf”. The project is supported by grant contest “Orthodox initiative 2017-2018” Fund “Cooperation”.

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