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The American Sign Language Phrase Book Paperback – July 21, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0071497138 ISBN-10: 0071497137 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 3 edition (July 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071497137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071497138
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lou Fant (1931-2001) was heralded as a leading expert in the ASL field and an ambassador between the deaf and hearing worlds. He was a teacher, interpreter, consultant, sign language coach, and actor. Fant cofounded the National Theatre of the Deaf in 1967.

Barbara Bernstein Fant has taught beginning and advanced ASL at Seattle Central Community College since 1990. On occasion, she contracts with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and Seattle Diversity Words in providing ASL classes and tutoring to various corporations. She has served as the chairperson of the Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services board.


More About the Author

Lou Fant (1931-2001) was heralded as a leading expert in the ASL field and an ambassador between the deaf and hearing worlds. He was a teacher, interpreter, consultant, sign language coach, and actor. Fant cofounded the National Theatre of the Deaf in 1967.

Customer Reviews

Also very well written.
Calee
If they just drew them a little more clear I think it would be easier to learn the signs.
Francesca
This book teaches you ASL phrases and ASL grammar.
Thomas S. Mullins

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Calee on May 13, 2009
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I have "ASL the easy way"American Sign Language The Easy Way and I really like it but the grammar instructions could be a bit complicated for the average person. I also have "ABC's of sign"A Basic Course in American Sign Language- expensive - not worth the money if you ask me. Kinda hard to follow. No flow to the book(my opinion). Also think a number of the signs are kinda out of date. This book by the Fants is awesome. Very simple practical explainations of how the grammar of asl works along with some good insights into Deaf culture. Contains new technology signs. MOST important by far though are the illustrations. They show the correct facial expressions for each sentence which is a BIG plus. While some other books have detailed drawings that should show expression clearly sometimes it's muddled in the artwork. However, the simple cartoon-type drawings in this book capture the feeling and expressions needed to truly converse in ASL. I am super impressed with the artists ability to show so much with simple lines. Also very well written. My new favorite ASL book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Parvaz on August 23, 2009
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90% of the books on "How to sign" should be sent to the trash heap. This is a happy exception. Lou Fant, one of the acknowledged masters both of ASL/English interpreting (his work is legendary in the field) who has taught and coached thousands, wrote this delightful little book which demonstrates sentences in real ASL, provides brief, but accurate descriptions of ASL grammar, uses diagrams which show exactly the right amount of detail (one of the benefits of comics), and shows a gentle humor throughout the book. Other books here are either NOT ASL, have dated or inaccurate descriptions, or are too technical for the average reader. For the most part, they are also written by people who can charitably be described as living in the long shadow cast by Lou Fant. After his passing, his wife Barbara (Deaf and a Master in the field of ASL Instruction) has done a fine job of updating the material to reflect current sensibilities (for instance, when this work was first published in the 1980s, DVDs didn't exist). If this book whets your appetite, check out the Bravo Family series by Sign Enhancers (overpriced, but good), or a course at your local community college.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By meeps on October 6, 2011
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This book was recommended to me by my ASL tutor, and not without good reason! The drawings inside are easy to understand and emulate (they also include facial expressions and body language) and the sentences provide a great example of ASL grammar. Some signs inside are SEE-sign, so it is important to use this book alongside a native signer of ASL or a teacher. However, this book is better than any ASL textbooks for beginners that I have encountered.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Francesca on August 16, 2011
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I think the illustrations are really poor and hard to follow. there is a chapter on how to just read their illustrations. If they just drew them a little more clear I think it would be easier to learn the signs. I find myself looking up the signs online to see another image or illustration to help me learn the sign.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Dix on February 3, 2009
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This is one of the few books that is very accurate in it's teaching of proper ASL grammar. It is great for learning individual signs, but it's even better for learning how to use them to effectively communicate with the deaf.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By the bale dude on October 31, 2008
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The pictures were very cartoon-like and the depiction of the signing was sometimes hard to decipher just what the gesture actually was supposed to be. Some explanations and/or additional comments would have helped. This book was okay, but not outstanding...I would think a better investment could be made.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christopher C. Alsruhe on August 24, 2008
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This phrase book is excellent in itself. Where it falls short in this 2008 edition is that the illustrations seem a bit smaller, harder to read. The new technology section which was added is a benefit for learning new signs, but the illustrations are clearly inferior to those of earlier editions. I've opted against buying the new edition, deciding to use my earlier one. I went to the book store, looked for the new signs in the new section and learned them. When I wasn't sure of the correct motion (which was too often the case), I looked at other dictionaries on the shelf and found them illustrated much better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Winkler on January 19, 2013
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A great book on ASL structure. Good for those wanting to delve into the culturally correct deaf language. I would recommend it to any adult student.
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