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Signing for Dummies, with Video CD

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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 Si ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published May 9th 2012 by For Dummies (first published June 20th 2003)
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Lolly's Library (Dork Kettle)
When was the last time you waved 'Hello'? Or flashed a thumb's up or the 'OK' sign? Well, guess what, you were using sign language. American Sign Language is based on several gestures in this country with which we're already familiar, like those I listed above, as well as everyday actions we take such as opening up a book or rocking a baby to sleep. Of course, the majority of signs are more complicated than that, but you get the idea.

As with all other “Dummies” books, Signing for Dummies is brok
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Char
Sep 01, 2016 Char rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book acts as a good introduction to ASL. It explains about the language itself, and has many good suggestions and explanations to understanding deaf culture. There are a decent amount of illustrated signs to help one learn about the basics. I liked the game exercises at the end of each chapter.

I liked that they would give an example sentence, then the words of which signs to use and the an illustrated signed sentence. I did not like that when a sentenced was being illustrated, if something
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Doc Kinne
The book was as good as I thought it would be. It had a good chapter on Deaf culture and interpreting (although it could have been a bit more detailed on certain aspects of interpreting, perhaps). My biggest critique on the book was its consistent demonstration on signing "question mark" for questions. In my experience, you sign questions with your facial expression.
Karl Kindt
Nov 07, 2015 Karl Kindt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very helpful. Most things in it seem to match other reliable sources, except for the question mark after all questions--that's done with facial expression. Some of the pictures showing the signs are horrible and unclear. It needed one standard artist for these, but the changing style makes it impossible to read some of the signs. Most are good, but some just don't show clearly.
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