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British Sign Language For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-119-99216-5
330 pages
December 2010
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Learn British Sign Language quickly and easily with this essential guide and CD-Rom

This lively guide introduces the key hand shapes and gestures you need to communicate in British Sign Language. The illustrations depict both the actions and facial expressions used to sign accurately, while the companion CD-Rom features real-life BSL conversations in action to further your understanding. With these practical tools, you’ll become an expert signer in no time!

British Sign Language For Dummies includes:

  • Starting to sign – learn about Deaf communication and practise simple signs to get you going
  • Learning everyday BSL – develop the grammar and vocabulary skills that are the building blocks to using British Sign Language
  • Getting out and about – sign with confidence in a wide range of real-life situations, from travelling to dating
  • Looking into Deaf life – learn about the history of the Deaf Community and how they’ve adapted their technology and lifestyles to suit their needs

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Table of Contents


Part I: Starting to Sign.

Chapter 1: Discovering Who’s Who – And How They Communicate.

Chapter 2: Sign Language You Didn’t Know You Knew.

Part II: Everyday BSL.

Chapter 3: Meeting and Greeting.

Chapter 4: Knowing Me, Knowing You.

Chapter 5: Expressing Your Feelings.

Chapter 6: Nailing Numbers.

Chapter 7: Describing Weather, Colour, and Clothes.

Part III: Getting Out and About.

Chapter 8: Getting from A to B.

Chapter 9: Arranging Not So Blind Dates.

Chapter 10: Fancy Fish and Chips?

Chapter 11: Making the Most of Your Free Time.

Part IV: Looking into Deaf Life.

Chapter 12: Deaf Community and Culture.

Chapter 13: Technology and Modifi cations for Deaf People.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 14: Ten Top Tips To Improve Your Signing Skills.

Chapter 15: Ten Top Tips For Good Communication.

Chapter 16: Ten Top BSL Resources.

Chapter 17: Ten Really Useful Phrases.

Chapter 18: Ten Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know about Deaf Culture and History.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Answer Key to Fun & Games.

Appendix B: About the CD.


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Author Information

This book is written and illustrated by a team from the Faculty of Deaf Education and Learning Support at City Lit. City Lit is a London-based adult education centre, providing courses to over 24,000 students every year. The Faculty of Deaf Education and Learning Support provides a comprehensive programme of courses and training including accredited British Sign Language courses for both Deaf and hearing learners.

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