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Signing For Dummies®

Signing For Dummies®

Adan R. Penilla II, Angela Lee Taylor

ISBN: 978-0-764-55436-0

Jun 2003

384 pages

Select type: Paperback

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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.


Part I: Signing On to Sign.

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

Chapter 2: Digging into Grammar and Numbers.

Part II: ASL in Action.

Chapter 3: Introductions and Greetings.

Chapter 4: Getting to Know You: Asking Questions and Making Small Talk.

Chapter 5: Food: The Whole Enchilada.

Chapter 6: Shopping Made Easy.

Chapter 7: The Signer About Town.

Chapter 8: Enjoying Yourself Come Rain or Shine.

Chapter 9: Home and Office.

Part III: Signing On the Go.

Chapter 10: Asking Directions and Getting Around.

Chapter 11: Here’s to Your Health.

Part IV: Looking into Deaf Life.

Chapter 12: The Deaf Way.

Chapter 13: Deaf Etiquette.

Chapter 14: Talking on the Phone.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 15: Ten Tips to Help You Sign like a Pro.

Chapter 16: Ten Ways to Pick Up Sign Quickly.

Chapter 17: Ten Popular Deaf Expressions.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Answer Key to Fun & Games.

Appendix B: About the CD.


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CD Updates

Please note: The CD does not require a sound card and sound is not intended on this CD. The system requirements in the appendix and in the CD-ROMs readme.txt are incorrect.