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Alpha Teach Yourself American Sign Language in 24 Hours
     

Alpha Teach Yourself American Sign Language in 24 Hours

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by Trudy Suggs
 

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592571307
Publisher:
DK
Publication date:
12/02/2003
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
7.52(w) x 9.19(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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 B.A. in communication from Gallaudet University and later taught American Sign Language at both Harper and Columbia College.

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Alpha Teach Yourself American Sign Language in 24 Hours 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
marsdiet More than 1 year ago
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.