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American Sign Language (ASL) is something we've all seen Deaf people use in restaurants, hospitals, airports, and throughout the marketplace. The communication is fascinating to watch; to see people sharing ideas by using handshapes and body language is remarkable in a world so defined by sound.

Signing For Dummies gives you a general understanding of the properties of Sign, as well as an understanding of Deaf culture. Designed to act as an introduction or a refresher, the book ...

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Overview

American Sign Language (ASL) is something we've all seen Deaf people use in restaurants, hospitals, airports, and throughout the marketplace. The communication is fascinating to watch; to see people sharing ideas by using handshapes and body language is remarkable in a world so defined by sound.

Signing For Dummies gives you a general understanding of the properties of Sign, as well as an understanding of Deaf culture. Designed to act as an introduction or a refresher, the book focuses solely on ASL. Although certainly not the only form of Sign Language, ASL is the most popular in the Deaf community within the United States.

Categorized by subject, this illustrated guide covers grammar and sentence structure, along with the tools to get you going in basic conversation by knowing how to

  • Introduce and greet people
  • Ask questions and make small talk
  • Order food and chat with salespeople
  • Handle medical emergencies
  • Talk on the phone
  • Get around town for fun or business

Although "speaking" American Sign Language (ASL) is mostly a matter of using your fingers, hands, and arms, facial expression and body language are important and sometimes crucial for understanding Signs and their meaning. Signing For Dummies gets the whole body into the action as the fun-to-read resource explores

  • Signs that look like what they mean
  • Expression of emotions and feelings
  • Signing sports and weather
  • Compass points conversations: Getting or giving directions
  • Descriptions of where it hurts
  • Deaf community customs, norms, and culture

Each chapter throughout the book invites you to practice specific Signs in a "Fun & Games" section. Translation guides complement the video CD-ROM, which features demonstrations by ASL Signers and actual conversations in progress – all designed to have you moving your hands, body, and face to convey meaning that reaches way beyond linguistic barriers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764554360
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Adan R. Penilla, II is President of the Colorado Registry of Interpreters, Pikes Peak Affiliate. He has his NAD IV interpreting certification and his legal qualification. In 1995, he was an interpreter at the World Federation of the Deaf in Vienna and is currently teaching ASL at Trinidad State Junior College. He has written an ASL Quick Study Bar Chart and WW II for the Deaf. He lectures on Sign language throughout the United States and is currently working on his PhD. 

Angela Lee Taylor is the Interpreter Coordinator at the Colorado Springs School for the Deaf and Blind. She was born deaf and is a native of Dixon, Illinois. Taylor graduated from Illinois School for the Deaf in 1985 and later received her bachelor's degree from Gallaudet University in 1997. During the past five years, Taylor has taught ASL for Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, and the community. Taylor has annually coordinated for the statewide Deaf and Hard of Hearing Symposium for four years running. She is a tutor for the shared Reading Project (SRP) and is also involved with ASLTAC. Taylor resides in Pueblo, Colorado.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Signing On to Sign.

Chapter 1: Finding Out That You Already Know a Little Sign.

Chapter 2: Digging into Grammar and Numbers.

Part II: ASL in Action.

Chapter 3: Introductions and Greetings.

Chapter 4: Getting to Know You: Asking Questions and Making Small Talk.

Chapter 5: Food: The Whole Enchilada.

Chapter 6: Shopping Made Easy.

Chapter 7: The Signer About Town.

Chapter 8: Enjoying Yourself Come Rain or Shine.

Chapter 9: Home and Office.

Part III: Signing On the Go.

Chapter 10: Asking Directions and Getting Around.

Chapter 11: Here’s to Your Health.

Part IV: Looking into Deaf Life.

Chapter 12: The Deaf Way.

Chapter 13: Deaf Etiquette.

Chapter 14: Talking on the Phone.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 15: Ten Tips to Help You Sign like a Pro.

Chapter 16: Ten Ways to Pick Up Sign Quickly.

Chapter 17: Ten Popular Deaf Expressions.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Answer Key to Fun & Games.

Appendix B: About the CD.

Index.

Wiley Publishing, Inc. End-User License Agreement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    Worthless

    Book on signing with no signs? Poor sample-poor book, nothing to make me want to buy it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Signing For Dummies

    The book itself is helpful, lots of pictures that are clear and pretty easy to understand. The DVD is a waste, small screen, no volume and it goes way to fast for a beginner to understand. I then bought the dvd below that I recommended and I use it with the signing for dummies book for a reference. They work well together.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    Good for the learning

    I was happy but not excited about this book. I have been learning sign language since I was younger and this book helped a little but I felt like I needed more. But it is a great thing to have if you want to learn the begining basics.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2009

    okay

    Pictures could be more clear - descriptions could be more explanatory - OK as an additional reference -

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Boring

    Not a good sampl how are you suppose toearn sing language

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Lack of a real sample

    There's 24 pages of a sample, but there's only table of contents and about the authors. Not buying until I see it at a B&N store. Guess I know what I'm doing after work.

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