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The appeal of American Sign Language (ASL) has extended beyond the Deaf community into the mainstream—it’s even popular as a class in high school and college. You are guided through the basics of ASL with clear instruction and more than 300 illustrations. With a minimum of time and effort, you will learn to sign: the ASL alphabet; questions and common expressions; numbers, money, and time. With info on signing etiquette, communicating with people in the Deaf community, and using ASL to aid child development, this book makes signing fun for the entire family.
American Sign Language (ASL) is a vibrant, easy-to-learn language that is used by approximately half a million people each day. Current with the latest additions to ASL and filled with thousands of brand new photographs by Deaf actors, Learn American Sign Language is the most comprehensive guide of its kind. - Learn more than 800 signs, including signs for school, the workplace, around the house, out and about, food and drink, nature, emotions, small talk, and more. - Unlock the storytelling possibilities of ASL with classifiers, easy ways to modify signs that can turn "fishing" into "catching a big fish" and "walking" into "walking with a group." - Find out how to make sentences with signs, use the proper facial expressions with your signs, and other vital tips.
"I love you." "What can I get you?" "Let's take a walk." Wanting to say simple things like these but not being able to is frustrating and disheartening—but learning how to communicate can be easy and fun! This book is a basic guide to the alphabet, vocabulary, and techniques it takes to connect using American Sign Language. Whether signing out of necessity or learning for the sake of growing, you will enjoy this practical primer. After reading this book, you will be able to use American Sign Language in a social, educational, or professional setting. Whether the goal is to communicate with hearing-impaired grandparent, a child with special needs in school, or an infant, people learn sign language for many different reasons. Easy to read and reference—and complete with images and examples of common signs—this basic guide allows you to make a meaningful connection that's otherwise impossible.
"Picture Yourself Learning American Sign Language, Level 1" makes learning to sign fun and easy, providing the building blocks to help you master your comprehension of American Sign Language (ASL) at the beginner level. Using a whole-body approach to signing, you'll learn to convey context and meaning on a dynamic level involving both facial expressions and HandShapes. The book begins by teaching you 10 facial expressions, 16 unique HandShapes, and signs to convey time, space, and location. You'll then be introduced to the revolutionary "Pick and Say Rubric" that incorporates 90 vocabulary words with a sentence pattern. Each part of the sentence is assigned a color--red for time, green for nouns, and blue for actions. The rubric makes learning proper sentence structure fun and engaging, and simple sentences can be built upon with the addition of individual vocabulary words. "Picture Yourself Learning American Sign Language, Level 1" is filled with full-color photographs that illustrate proper HandShapes formation, and an accompanying DVD that demonstrates the correct way to form words and sentences, making learning to sign simple and enjoyable.