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Grasp the rich culture and language of the Deaf community To see people use American Sign Language (ASL) to share ideas is remarkable and fascinating to watch. Now, you have a chance to enter the...
Grasp the rich culture and language of the Deaf community To see people use American Sign Language (ASL) to share ideas is remarkable and fascinating to watch. Now, you have a chance to enter the...
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  • Grasp the rich culture and language of the Deaf community

    To see people use American Sign Language (ASL) to share ideas is remarkable and fascinating to watch. Now, you have a chance to enter the wonderful world of sign language. American Sign Language For Dummies offers you an easy-to-access introduction so you can get your hands wet with ASL, whether you're new to the language or looking for a great refresher.

    Used predominantly in the United States, ASL provides the Deaf community with the ability to acquire and develop language and communication skills by utilizing facial expressions and body movements to convey and process linguistic information. With American Sign Language For Dummies, the complex visual-spatial and linguistic principles that form the basis for ASL are broken down, making this a great resource for friends, colleagues, students, education personnel, and parents of Deaf children.

  • Grasp the various ways ASL is communicated
  • Get up to speed on the latest technological advancements assisting the Deaf
  • Understand how cultural background and regionalism can affect communication
  • Practice signing with videos online
  • If you want to get acquainted with Deaf culture and understand what it's like to be part of a special community with a unique shared and celebrated history and language, American Sign Language For Dummies gets you up to speed on ASL fast.

About the Author-

  • Adan R. Penilla II, PhD, NIC, NAD IV, CI/CT, SC:L, ASLTA, teaches American Sign Language at Colorado State University and is a freelance interpreter for the Colorado court system. Angela Lee Taylor has taught ASL for Pikes Peak Community College and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind.

Table of Contents-


    About This Book 1

    Foolish Assumptions 2

    Icons Used in This Book 3

    Beyond the Book 4

    Where to Go from Here 4


    CHAPTER 1: You Already Know a Little Sign 7

    Discovering Signs That Look like What They Mean 8

    Building on the Basics of Sign: Gestures and Expression 9

    Spelling with your fingers 9

    Shaping up those hands 12

    Benefiting with body language 14

    Gazing at the face of expression 15

    CHAPTER 2: Signing Grammar Basics 17

    Explaining the Parts of Speech 17

    Distinguishing between noun/verb pairs 18

    Modifying with adjectives and adverbs 20

    Talking Tenses 22

    Structuring Sentences 24

    Subjecting yourself to nouns and verbs in simple sentences 24

    Placing subjects and objects 24

    Exclaiming in Simple Sentences 31

    Signing Conditional Sentences 36

    Personification: The Secret of Agents 37

    Clarifying with Classifiers 39

    CHAPTER 3: Starting to Sign Basic Expressions 41

    Initiating a Conversation 41

    Attracting someone’s attention 42

    Using greetings and closings 43

    Getting Acquainted 47

    Sharing feelings and emotions 49

    Connecting your thoughts 52

    Talking about where you’re from 53

    Acting the Part: Constructed Dialogue and Constructed Action 62

    Constructed Dialogue 62

    Constructed Action 63

    CHAPTER 4: Getting Your Numbers and Times Straight 65

    Counting on Numbers 65

    Getting from one to ten with cardinal numbers 67

    Ordering ordinal numbers 69

    Signing phone numbers and the like 70

    Talking about Time 70

    Signing calendar dates 74

    CHAPTER 5: Signing at Home 79

    Handling Signs about Your Home 79

    Touring all the rooms 83

    Furnishing your home 86

    Hanging Out for the Holidays 92

    Teaching the Tots 95

    Keeping Track of Your Subjects in Space 97


    CHAPTER 6: Asking Questions and Making Small Talk 101

    Signing Key Questions: Six Ws, One H 102

    Discussing Family, Friends, and More 107

    Family and friends 107

    Relating where you live and work 111

    Using Possessives and Pronouns When Chatting 123

    Personal pronouns and possessives 123

    Demonstrative pronouns 125

    CHAPTER 7: Asking for Directions 129

    Finding Your Way 129

    Looking to Natural Landmarks 135

    Searching the Streets 138

    Transporting Yourself 141

    Directing Your Sentences with Conjunctions 143

    CHAPTER 8: Dining and Going to the Market 147

    Eating Three Square Meals a Day 147

    Having breakfast 152

    Munching on lunch 154

    Enjoying dinner 159

    Dining Out 163

    Ethnic food around town 164

    Don’t forget the drinks! 166

    Attention, Shoppers! 170

    Signing specialty stores 170

    Getting a good deal 172

    CHAPTER 9: Shopping Made Easy 175

    Clothes for All Seasons 175

    The winter look 176

    Fall fashion 180

    Spring style 182

    Summer suits 186

    Clothing by color 188

    All about Money 194

    Shopping Superlatives and Comparisons 199

    CHAPTER 10: The Signer About Town 203

    Making Plans 203

    Going to the movies 206

    Going to the theater 211

    Going to the museum 213

    Selecting Your Social Station 215

    CHAPTER 11: Takin’ Care of Business 221

    Occupying Yourself with Occupations...

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