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The Joy of Signing: The Illustrated Guide for Mastering Sign Language and the Manual Alphabet [Hardcover]

By Lottie L. Riekehof (Author)
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Explains how to use sign language to communicate with the deaf and provides descriptions of the signs for a wide range of words grouped by subject

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Teaches sign language in senteces rather than individual words. Includes graphic drawings, index, and sadditional learning tools.

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Studio: Gospel Publishing House
Pages   352
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.55" Width: 7.67" Height: 1.18"
Weight:   2.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1989
Publisher   Gospel Publishing House
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  0882435205  
ISBN13  9780882435206  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr Lottie L. Riekehof has been associated with deaf people, sign language teaching, and interpreter training for many years. She was one of the first to promote the signing of music and has successfully trained a number of choral groupls in the presentation of signed interpretations of well-known songs.

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WARNING: Do NOT buy!  Jul 10, 2004
I am a graduate of Deaf Studies,I have many Deaf friends, and co-ordinate a Deaf Club/Social. While attending college I would use signs from this book with my Deaf friends and they would look at me as if I had three heads. I would have to fingerspell to them which in turn they would correct my previous sign and ask from where did I learned it. When I told them, ALL informed me to throw the book out. They are OUT-DATE signs!
When learning sign, buy DawnSign Press, Vista, Signing Naturally (both video and workbook). These are the best and extremely accurate (a few signs are California dialect). Another book that's great is Sign Language Made Simple. Don't forget either, that the BEST way to learn the language (outside of schooling) is becoming involved in the Deaf commnuity!!!! Learn from the masters!
ASL--what's that?  Mar 20, 2004
I don't understand the reviews here that glorify ASL and claim this book is no good. Maybe various parts of the country are different, but the deaf around my part of the country just don't use ASL. It is a dying breed only still hung onto by some of the older deaf. Possibly this varies according to where one lives, but nearly all of the younger deaf around my area are moving toward using more Signed Exact English. Anyway, this book is great for what it is. It is like a dictionary, and that is what I wanted. And, of course, some of the signs are different now, but since sign language changes over time just like spoken English, I don't really see the problem. This is a good book for use as a dictionary. If one really wants to learn sign language, then one has to talk to deaf people and see what they are doing now. If you haven't done so in several years, you will find things have changed; and you will have to learn again. Also, those who teach in college continually amuse me. If they don't actually get out into the deaf community where they teach, then they really aren't in a position to know what is really going on. I have seen supposed teachers around my area who really just don't have a clue. If you want to learn sign language, find a teacher who currently works with the deaf in your community, otherwise they are not up to date. And use this book for reference, while realizing that no book is up to date unless it was just published yesterday, and also realize that sign language changes over time, so one has to keep up. And also realized that ASL is a dying language while sign language more closer reflecting English speech patterns is becoming more and more prevalent. One has to keep up with the times.
The Joy of Signing...not ASL  Mar 5, 2004
I bought the book "The Joy of Signing" as recommended by a friend and thought it was a good source to learn to speak to deaf people. However, one day at my job, I was signing to a woman who is deaf and she did not understand me. She asked me where I leared that and I told her from "The Joy of Signing". She told me that book is a bad one to use and get one from the official American Sign Language (ASL) instead. Buy another book if you want to effectivly communicate.
obsolete, not really usable  Jan 2, 2004
I picked up this book when I began a degree in ASL. I thought it would give me some kind of head start. There are a couple signs in there that you might look up one day, but you could easily find them on the net. I am no expert in ASL Lingusitics, but I assure you, I know deaf people aren't using this book or recommending it. It is a dinosaur. The progressive ASL books would be the ones currently being published by DAWN SIGN PRESS and GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY PRESS. They, would be the experts in this field- the people who sign 24/7. Spend the money elsewhere. Videos for DSP and GUP are also better than others.
The popularity of ASL owes a lot to this book. . .  Sep 9, 2003
. . . However, Joy of Signing does not present ASL (American Sign Lanuage) as much as signed Enlish. This may not mean a lot to many people - signing is signing, right?

No. ASL is a real language with its own grammar, syntax and vocabulary. Signed English is not. Signed English is a pidgin language which borrows much from ASL but attempts to communicate in English.

Many deaf people will be able to communicate with you, using signed English, but many others will not. Mostly, communicating in signed English has the potential to be akward for all involved, as nobody in the conversation will be communicating in their native language.


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