Signing For Dummies, with Video CD

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John Wiley & Sons, May 9, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 384 pages
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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Contents

Introduction
1
Getting Started
7
Finding Out That You Already Know a Little Sign
9
Warming Up with Signing Grammar Basics
21
Warming Up with Signing Grammar Basics
23
Starting to Sign Basic Expressions
49
Getting Your Numbers and Times Straight
73
Signing at Home
87
Looking into Deaf Life and Interpreting
297
The Deaf Community and Deaf Etiquette
299
Interpreting Are You Interested?
313
Using Technology to Communicate
321
The Part of Tens
327
Ten Tips to Help You Sign like a Pro
329
Ten Ways to Pick Up Sign Quickly
333
Ten Ways to Pick Up Sign Quickly
335

American Sign Language in Action
107
Asking Questions and Making Small Talk
111
Asking for Directions
137
Dining and Going to the Market
161
Shopping Made Easy
187
The Signer About Town
215
Takin Care of Business
233
Recreation and the Great Outdoors
247
Heres to Your Health
277
Ten Popular Deaf Expressions
337
Appendixes
343
Answer Key to Fun Games
345
Chapter 7
346
About the CD
347
Using the CD
348
Troubleshooting
350
Index
351
Copyright

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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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