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 ...

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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: 9781118237755
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/9/2012
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition with Video CD
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 250,505
  • File size: 27 MB
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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 1

Part I: Getting Started 7

Chapter 1: Finding Out That You Already Know a Little Sign 9

Chapter 2: Warming Up with Signing Grammar Basics 21

Chapter 3: Starting to Sign Basic Expressions 47

Chapter 4: Getting Your Numbers and Times Straight 73

Chapter 5: Signing at Home 87

Part II: American Sign Language in Action 107

Chapter 6: Asking Questions and Making Small Talk 109

Chapter 7: Asking for Directions 137

Chapter 8: Dining and Going to the Market 159

Chapter 9: Shopping Made Easy 187

Chapter 10: The Signer About Town 215

Chapter 11: Takin’ Care of Business 233

Chapter 12: Recreation and the Great Outdoors 247

Chapter 13: Here’s to Your Health 277

Part III: Looking into Deaf Life and Interpreting 297

Chapter 14: The Deaf Community and Deaf Etiquette 299

Chapter 15: Interpreting: Are You Interested? 313

Chapter 16: Using Technology to Communicate 321

Part IV: The Part of Tens 327

Chapter 17: Ten Tips to Help You Sign like a Pro 329

Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Pick Up Sign Quickly 333

Chapter 19: Ten Popular Deaf Expressions 337

Part V: Appendixes 343

Appendix A: Answer Key to Fun & Games 345

Appendix B: About the CD 347

Index 351

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