Alpha Teach Yourself American Sign Language in 24 Hours

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A guide to the fourth most-commonly used language in the U.S.

From the Alpha Teach Yourself series comes this self-paced, step-by-step approach to learning ASL. It teaches readers the unique syntax and grammar, the signs themselves, and the just-as-important subtle facial expressions and body movements.

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A guide to the fourth most-commonly used language in the U.S.

From the Alpha Teach Yourself series comes this self-paced, step-by-step approach to learning ASL. It teaches readers the unique syntax and grammar, the signs themselves, and the just-as-important subtle facial expressions and body movements.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592571307
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 12/2/2003
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 497,910
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Trudy Suggs is an author, editor, and an American Sign Language instructor. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of Silent News Newspaper, News Reporter for DeafNation Newspaper, and the author of many articles, newsletters, and marketing materials aimed at the deaf community. She received her BA in Communication from Gallaudet University and later taught American Sign Language at both Harper and Columbia College.
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Table of Contents

Part I Overview 1
Hour 1 Taking a Look at the History of ASL 3
The History of ASL 3
The Standardization of ASL 4
The First Schools for Deaf Students 5
The Role of Education 6
A Ban on Sign Language 6
Effects of the Ban 8
Education Today 8
Hour 2 Understanding Deaf Culture 15
What is Deaf Culture? 15
The Values of Deaf Culture 17
Causes of Hearing Loss 17
Myths About Deaf People 18
Technology in a Deaf Person's Life 19
Using the Phone 19
Relay Services 20
Closed Captioning 21
Pagers 23
Paradigms of the Deaf Community 23
Hour 3 Introducing ASL 29
A Closer Look at ASL 29
Survival of the Language 31
Accents in ASL 32
Communication Methods 34
Early Acquisition of ASL 35
Part II Getting Started 39
Hour 4 Conversational Basics 41
Being an Observer 41
Attention-Getting Behaviors 42
Barriers 43
Leave-Taking Behaviors 44
Making Culturally Appropriate Choices 44
Possible Scenario #1 45
Possible Scenario #2 45
Possible Scenario #3 45
Good-Byes 46
Hour 5 Learning Your ABCs 49
Knowing Your ABCs 50
Fingerspelling Smoothly and Clearly 53
Appropriate Uses for Fingerspelling 53
Lexicalized Fingerspelling 54
Hour 6 Crunching Numbers 57
Numbers 1 Through 10 58
Cardinal and Ordinal Numbers 59
Numbers 11 Through 100, 1,000, and 1 Million 63
Money Signs 72
Hour 7 A Look at Grammar 81
Nonmanual Signals 82
Pronouns 85
Topic/Comment Structure 90
Yes/No Questions 91
Wh- Word Questions 93
Rhetorical Questions 95
Hour 8 A Look at Grammar, Part 2 101
Making Negations and Assertions 101
Using Directional Verbs (Subject-Object Agreement) 105
Signing Conditional Sentences 107
Giving Commands 108
Building Sentences with Verbs 109
Using Adjectives 110
Part III Holding a Conversation 115
Hour 9 Introducing Yourself 117
Meeting a Deaf Person 117
Typical Introductions 118
Name Signs 120
Hour 10 Sharing Personal Information 131
Background Exchange 132
Conversational Indicators 137
Hour 11 Introducing Family and Friends 145
Family Ties 145
Gender-Oriented Signs 147
Hour 12 Talking About Locations 163
Telling Where You Live 163
Geographical Signs 166
Major Cities 167
States 171
Part IV Being Descriptive 181
Hour 13 Using Classifiers 183
What Are Classifiers? 183
Classifier Handshapes 184
Locatives 187
Movement 189
Hour 14 Talking About Weather and Emergencies 195
The Dangers of Weather and Emergencies 195
Communication Barriers 196
Weather 198
Emergencies 206
Hour 15 Using Colors and Adjectives 221
Colors 221
Adjectives 226
Hour 16 Moving Around the House 243
House 243
Living Room 246
Kitchen 249
Bathroom 252
Bedroom 255
Other 260
Location of Things 262
Hour 17 Talking About People 269
Descriptions 270
Affirming an Identification 278
Hour 18 Referring to Animals 289
Animals 289
Describing Animals 297
Hearing and Deaf Dogs 300
Hour 19 Telling Time 309
Telling Time 309
Hours and Minutes 313
Days, Weeks, and Months 316
Part V Talking About Your Life 335
Hour 20 Working in the Office 337
Occupations 338
Furniture and Supplies 346
Work Duties and Activities 353
Hour 21 Eating Out 365
The Restaurant Experience 365
Restaurant and Food Signs 366
Condiments and Extras 377
Hour 22 Being Sick 387
Communicating Distress 387
Health-Related Signs 388
Hour 23 Sports and Recreation 405
Sports Signs 406
Actions and Plays 413
Rankings, Scores, and Records 420
Hour 24 What Next? 433
ASL Classes 433
Resources in Your Area 435
Community Events 436
Recommended Reading 438
The Rest of the Journey 440
Part VI Appendixes 441
Appendix A Answer Key 443
Appendix B Organizations for Deaf People 447
Appendix C Where to Buy Books and Materials 449
Appendix D Internet Resources 451
Appendix E Bibliography 453
Index 455
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2004

    Excellent book to help learn ASL!

    What makes this book stand out from other ASL books? Many excellent qualities come to mind. The book opens with the history of ASL and a look into Deaf culture. The author is Deaf, born to Deaf parents, so this is home turf for her, and the window into the world is fascinating to me. The explanations of the history of Deaf people and Deaf culture are very interesting and provides a solid basis for the lessons that follow. I enjoyed the writing style, many of the facts were new to me, and the book was easy for me to follow. This book is an excellent tool to help learn ASL. Each chapter has a lesson plan with clear goals that are achieved in the chapter. I enjoy the photographs, because this is what real ASL looks like. All of the individuals are Deaf native signers, which gives this book a level of authenticity I've not seen elsewhere. Other books I've read use drawings of the hands, but this book allows me to see the placement and movement of the hands, the body language and the facial expressions. To a person learning ASL, this is a huge gift. If a sign involves motion, multiple photographs are used, and the movement of hands is obvious from following the photographs. The author covers a very wide range of topics and signs, from moving around the house, to numbers, to telling time, to sports, to the role of Deaf people in September 11th, and many more areas. Anyone who learns a basic command of these signs and grammar as shown in the book will be able to communicate in many different topics in ASL. Not to be missed is the emphasis that is placed on practice, and getting to know Deaf people. ASL is the third most popular language in the United States, and the benefits to learning ASL are very rich indeed. This book, combined with practice, a good teacher (nothing beats having a Deaf teacher who is fluent in ASL!) and socializing in the real world with Deaf people will provide the maximum benefits for the student of ASL. This combination will give a person the skills they need to enter into the the community of the Deaf, enter their culture, and communicate in their beautiful language, thus opening up a whole new world of friends and opportunities.

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

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    Must Own Book to Learn Sign Language

    My sign language tutor, a deaf woman, recommended this book. I found the book to be full of information which was very easy to understand and follow. The quizzes regarding the deaf culture and language were not only informative but also eye-opening at times. The illustrations in the book made clear how the signs were to be made and what handshapes to use. Also included were explanations about the unique structure of ASL grammar which is different from English grammar. I find that I can use this book without any assistance from a deaf person and can follow the subject matter quite easily.

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