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The American Sign Language Phrase Book

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  141 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Useful for those interested in understanding and utilizing American Sign Language (ASL), this phrase book serves as a reference tool and a study guide.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by McGraw-Hill Companies (first published 1983)
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T.L. Cooper
I read The American Sign Language Phrase Book with DVD by Lou Fant and Barbara Bernstein Fant because it was the assigned book for my American Sign Language Class. The first part of the book gives the reader instructions on how to use the book as well as a guide to ASL. While it might be tempting to skip these two sections, they actually hold some good tips for learning the language. There were times when I had a little trouble discerning the movements in the book. I think this is probably inevi ...more
This is the first book I recommend to beginning signers. It starts right away teaching everyday conversation (including common vocabulary & in the proper syntax) so the brilliance of communication never diminishes. If you've said before, "Ooh I'd love to learn sign language someday..." then make your wish a reality and just BEGIN! Happy hand-talking!
P. Es
Oct 08, 2007 P. Es rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: deaf
FANTASTIC book on signing; extensive use of facial expressions which make for the 'rich text' that is proper ASL. without it, you're pretty much 'speaking' monotone and 'writing' without punctuation. problem is images are stick people.
My tepid response to this books comes from one thing: I did not like the illustrations. This book has the potential to be amazing, but in the next edition they need to redo the drawing with a collection that is more clear.
i am trying to learn sign language, it is very hard but i cando the abc's numbers1-12 ask questions like what it your name and what do you like to do. This book is helping me learn a lot more
Adih Respati
I read when writing my undergrad thesis. Fant reveals that sign language isn't word-for-word version of any of its oral counterparts. Best damn ASL book I have ever laid my hands on.
My son is deaf. I learned ASL about 1971, when we adopted him. My first sign book..was Lou Fant. This is well organized, with a great DVD ..
I bought this book years ago when I was into sign language. Since then, I've stopped caring, but I still wanted to finish the book. I finally did.
Doug Stringham
One of the only signed language books to teach the "why" and not only the "what."
extremely useful for picking up everyday phrases and syntax.
good learining a lot of sign language
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