Item description for Signing Made Easy: A Complete Program for Learning Sign Language. Includes Sentence Drills and Exercises for Increased Comprehension and by Rod R. Butterworth & Mickey Flodin...
Overview This comprehensive guide to American Sign Language features more than 3,500 separate signs, a step-by-step approach to signing, and exercises and drills to increase speed and understanding
Publishers Description "Signing Made Easy" is a comprehensive guide to learning -- and using -- sign language in everyday life. Until now, few manuals have done more than simply show how to make individual signs. At last, the authors of the acclaimed Perigee Visual Dictionary of Signing and The Pocket Dictionary of Signing have created a text-and-workbook-in-one. This volume will teach you how to use signing in English sentence format. Signing Made Easy offers the first thorough, step-by-step approach to learning sign language, complete with drills and practice exercises to increase signing ability and understanding. Presented in a large-format, easy-to-follow design, this volume includes. -- Over 3,500 different signs with clear illustrations and descriptions -- Instructions on how to sign in complete sentences -- Exercises for learning how to give and receive signs -- Drills to reinforce vocabulary retention -- Chapters organized by subject -- from "Work and Careers" to "Family and Social Life" to "Food" -- that build progressively on previous lessons -- A detailed history of sign language -- Includes the manual alphabet and spelling exercises -- Instructions for forming numbers and inflections -- A complete index for each reference
Community Description Have a burden to learn sign language? Want to learn, but think it's too hard? This complete program makes it easy to learn and use sign language in your everyday life with this simple text & workbook approach.
Using the English Sentence Format, it approaches each sign with thorough, step-by-step instructions, and includes drills and exercises to encourage your signing retention and understanding. With over 3,500 signs and instructions on how to create full sentences, you'll be on your way to signing communication in no time. 224 pages, indexed.
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Citations And Professional Reviews Signing Made Easy: A Complete Program for Learning Sign Language. Includes Sentence Drills and Exercises for Increased Comprehension and by Rod R. Butterworth & Mickey Flodin has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 232
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1993 page 259
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/1992 page 158
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/1997 page 144
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1998 page 229
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Studio: Perigee Trade
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.87" Width: 8.13" Height: 0.56" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Feb 20, 1989
Publisher Penguin Group USA
Grade Level Multiple Grades
ISBN 0399514902 ISBN13 9780399514906
Availability 0 units.
More About Rod R. Butterworth & Mickey Flodin
Mickey Flodin is the author of Signing Everyday Phrases, Signing for Kids, Signing is Fun, Signing Illustrated, and co-author, with Rod R. Butterworth, of The Perigee Visual Dictionary of Signing, The Pocket Dictionary of Signing, and Signing Made Easy.
Reviews - What do customers think about Signing Made Easy?
Terrible Jan 19, 2004
Lets keep this simple... This books sucks. Dont buy it. There are so many better books out there that will help you if your wanting to learn American Sign Language.
Don't Be Deceived! Sep 1, 2003
Are you looking at this book because you want to learn the natural language of most Deaf people in America (American Sign Language)? Then DO NOT buy this book. This book teaches you about 1200 signs by placing them into sentences and topics. The illustrations are very good, but it's deceiving. What you will see in this book is NOT really ASL. It's called Signed English and it's used only by young deaf children who are learning the English language. Once a deaf child grows older, they switch to a pidgin or true ASL.
If you want to learn to sign in English format, this is a great option for you. Just be aware that if you use Signed English in a group of Deaf people, you're going to look like a sure amateur. Just this deafie's opinion. :o)
Not American Sign Language Aug 31, 2003
If you're looking to learn the natural language of the culturally Deaf population in America, this book is definitely a waste of your time and money. If, however, what you want is to communicate with deaf elementary school children who use Signed English, this is a good option. Many do not understand that American Sign Language is a FOREIGN language and NOT English words in sign. ASL is as different from English as Russian or Japanese. But most do not know this prior to searching out a sign language reference book.
This book is filled with good illustrations of English signs, formulated into English sentences. An example would be: "I need to go to the store, because I'm all out of milk." That's English and this book shows you the sign for every word...in that order. However, if you were to sign true ASL, it would be glossed as: STORE-NEED-GO-I-WHY?-MILK-ALL GONE. So just be warned that, if you get this book, you will not be learning the actual *language* of signs.
That being said, this book has potential and the author, Flodin, has written several other books that are highly recommended. But as far as signing books go, this one doesn't rise to the occasion. That's just this deafie's opinion. :o)
Sure it's a good book... Apr 22, 2003
for learning Signed English. This book is not American Sign Language. I wasn't aware of that when I purchased it, but after taking ASL classes, I quickly became disappointed with this book. It is Signed English, which is very different from ASL. If you want to learn Signed English, that's great, but this is not a good book for learning American Sign Language. They are 2 different languages.
good in theory Feb 1, 2002
The theory of this "program" is sound and using it has increased my confidence in being able to communicate using sign, but not in the grammatical sense.
Chapters begin with a "Practice Learning Signs" section illustrating different sentences, with the sentences printed underneath.(+) The bottom of each page gives brief descriptions of any new signs introduced (usually)... It is essential to read these because the arrows don't always show the move-direction as described or the picture merges in with that of the next/previous sign so it is hard to tell the two apart(-). Both simple and "complex" words are used so you aren't endlessly reviewing simple "apple, box, cat" exercises (+).
This section is followed a few other practice / review areas (sign this sentence, match the sign to the word, etc.) The last section of each chapter is "Practice Receiving Signs".
"Practice Receiving Signs" could be the most essential part of the book, but it fails to reach its potential. The phrases are VERBATIM the phrases of the first "Learning Signs" section. Once you've gone through it a once, you don't need the illustrations to recite the phrases, so you are learning less than you are memorizing (-). In future editions the authors should consider some variety between the "Learning Signs" and the "Receiving signs" sections.
My goal is to learn American Sign Language to communicate effectively within the Deaf community, but this book shows Signed English (exact word order) rather than ASL. Imagine taking a German sentence, for instance, and translating each word to English but not changing the word order and not taking into account words that should be left out or added. With concentration, you'll probably understand... but is vocabulary all you really want to know when learning a language? If you are serious about learning ASL, this book may steer you in the wrong direction (-)... there are better books than this for learning ASL such as A Basic Course in American Sign Language.
Because of its ease of use, this book is appropriate if you are a casual learner of signing or specifically only want to learn Signed English.
[Note: This review has changed after a year of studying other books on ASL.]