Item description for Signing for Dummies [With CDROM] by Adan R. Penilla, Angela Lee Taylor & Rich Tennant...
Overview Explains basic communication using American Sign Language, including proper handshapes, body language, and grammar.
Publishers Description 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.
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Studio: For Dummies
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.18" Width: 7.48" Height: 0.88" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date Jun 20, 2003
Publisher For Dummies
ISBN 0764554360 ISBN13 9780764554360
Availability 0 units.
More About Adan R. Penilla, Angela Lee Taylor & Rich Tennant
Adan R. Penilla, II is President of the Colorado Registry of Interpreters, Pikes Peak Affiliate. He has his NAD IV interpreting certification and his legal qualification. In 1995, he was an interpreter at the World Federation of the Deaf in Vienna and is currently teaching ASL at Trinidad State Junior College. He has written an ASL Quick Study Bar Chart and WW II for the Deaf. He lectures on Sign language throughout the United States and is currently working on his PhD.
Angela Lee Taylor is the Interpreter Coordinator at the Colorado Springs School for the Deaf and Blind. She was born deaf and is a native of Dixon, Illinois. Taylor graduated from Illinois School for the Deaf in 1985 and later received her bachelor's degree from Gallaudet University in 1997. During the past five years, Taylor has taught ASL for Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, and the community. Taylor has annually coordinated for the statewide Deaf and Hard of Hearing Symposium for four years running. She is a tutor for the shared Reading Project (SRP) and is also involved with ASLTAC. Taylor resides in Pueblo, Colorado.
Reviews - What do customers think about Signing for Dummies?
Fair to middling Mar 14, 2005
I don't particularly reccommend this for a complete neophyte to signing, as I was when I got this book. As other reviewers have suggested, a thorough video, or book-video combination might be best. There is a CD that comes with the book, however, it is too simple and has minimalist videos, making it by and large useless for a beginner.
The saving grace of Signing for Dummies is clear and simple sign diagramming, imbuing the book with at least one redeeming quality.
Would recommend learning from a video first Jul 15, 2004
I nearly didn't buy the book, based on the poor reviews it got. Luckily, I spotted it in the bookstore and flipped through. It's actually quite good. I wouldn't pick it as your first book on sign language though, as some things tend to get a bit confusing if you don't already know some sign.
For example, I noticed one of the illustrations was of one version of a sign, and the description was another. Both were valid signs that meant the same thing, but it would have been better to have just one.
I also loved the CD in the back of the book. It is a wonderful idea for a book to show the language in motion.
Ok... but not great. May 2, 2004
I have been teaching myself sign over the last couple of years. I found certain area's of this book helpful. Such as the "Cheat Sheet" that comes with it that has the alphabet and numbers on it. On the back are some begginer sayings such as "please" and "thank you".
I have found many other books much more useful (as I already well know the alphabet ;) ).
I does have some interesting/helpful hints and games to play that do allow you to practice. And also a quiz at the end of each chapter.
Pick up the "ASL Dictionary" before you open this book and you'll be better off. In my opinion.
I give this book a 3 but I was close to giving it a 2. :D
Signing for dummies Apr 6, 2004
Angela Taylor is my american sign language teacher. If she can teach me... she can teach anyone. She is a remarkable woman and an outstanding teacher. Her zest and enthusiasm is surpassed only by her love for "communication". I will enjoy and benefit from this publication for years to come. Thanx,Robin
Where's my review? Jan 29, 2004
I submitted a review a couple weeks ago. Worked on it hard. Gave many examples. It conforms to your "review guidelines" Where is it?