Signing For Dummies

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Wiley, Apr 26, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 384 pages
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The fast and easy way to grasp this evolving and growing language

American Sign Language (ASL) is something we've all seen deaf people use in restaurants, hospitals, airports, and at work. 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. This new edition of 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, which is the most commonly used sign language in 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; and much more. Plus, it stresses how ASL isn't just about using your fingers, hands, and arms, but also about facial expression and body language.

  • More than 25 percent new and revised content, including the latest technological advances for the deaf; contact signing, code mixing, code switching, interpreting as a profession, and regionalism in signing
  • Packed with "Fun & Games" sections that invite you to practice specific signs
  • Hundreds of illustrations throughout, plus a video CD featuring demonstrations by ASL signers showing actual conversations

Signing For Dummies is the fast and fun way to get you moving your hands, body, and face to convey meaning that reaches beyond linguistic barriers.

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Not Dumb at All!

User Review  - alcride - Overstock.com

Great supplemental book for beginning ASL students and those folks who want to try to self teach. This book comes with a DVD so you get visuals as well as being able to do the work in the book. Great value for this dual item. Read full review

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User Review  - GrytaJME - LibraryThing

Somewhat poorly edited. Not very clear. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Adan R. Penilla II, PhD, teaches American Sign Language at Colorado State University and is a freelance interpreter for the Colorado court system.

Angela Lee Taylor is the Interpreter Coordinator at the Colorado Springs School for the Deaf and Blind.

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