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Sign Language 101: A Beginner's Guide to American Sign Language (2011)

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, American Sign Language
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Channel Resources
  • DVD Release Date: July 19, 2011
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0050E4AHA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,218 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

This video is excellent for every American Sign Language (ASL) student as well as teachers, parents, and professionals learning ASL to communicate clearly and naturally. You will learn how to sign the alphabet, numbers, colors, holidays, calendar, grammar, sentence structures, ASL Idioms and hundreds of vocabulary along with bonus features. This video has also been developed for students and teachers from all schools, colleges, libraries and universities to use in all sorts of courses and programs promoting American Sign Language.

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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to learn ASL, this is the way to go! March 1, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I am more than satisfied with my purchase. This Item was worth every penny. Here's why:

1) You learn quick, easy and useful words in ASL.

2) You are taught idioms and sayings and some ASL slang (not taught in traditional classrooms).

3) The DVD shows you proper ASL etiquette and how to properly communicate with people of the Deaf Community.

4) The instructors on the video are very expressive and show you facial expressions which are essential to communicating with Deaf people.

5) The DVD is categorized in sections which are easy to learn. ie. Graduation day phrases, Holiday phrases.

6) There is an Android/iPhone application that can be used portably as a supplement to the DVD (How awesome is that!)

7) Customer Service was excellent- the people on the EveryDay ASL Facebook were very friendly and kind in updating me on my purchase.

I learned a lot my first day. What I love about this DVD is that you're not bored. Instead of learning ASL the traditional way, you actually learn words that are the most used by those fluent in ASL. I am looking forward to further practicing this DVD for days to come and am interested in future purchases of other DVDs by this company.

I urge you to buy this DVD if you're interested in learning American Sign Language.

Good Luck! Happy signing!
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every cent December 16, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I wanted to learn American Sign Language, but due to my hectic schedule conflicting with the college's schedule, I can't take formal lessons. I found this DVD and am learning on my own. I like the way the sign is shown several times before moving on to another sign.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sign language 101 February 25, 2012
By cjz
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my grandaughter is deaf so this is helping very much. it is easily understood and gives usefull signs. thank you.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
My friend had this - "Sign Language 101: A Beginner's Guide to American Sign Language" & it was so helpful in learning ASL. I already purchased the "Idiom & Phrases in ASL" by EverydayASL Productions, because it was used in our Interpreter Trainer Program at Sinclair Community College. Our Deaf professor taught an entire class using the dvds. He loved them, and so did we. There were many signs that I never learned in other sign language classes. (Plus, there is so much more to learning ASL than just the signs. Non-manual signals, including facial expressions, eye gaze, body position...etc., are equally important.) Not only that, you will learn about Deaf Culture.
Many people pick up bad signing habits when learning sign language. It would be so much better to learn the right way first.

I can't wait to get "Sign Language 101: A Beginner's Guide to American Sign Language"!! The instructors on the DVDS are Deaf and native users of ASL. If you want to learn sign language, or brush up on your skills, I can't think of any other DVDs that will help as much as these do. They are fun too! I have bought other instructional dvds from other companies and those were poorly made and so boring! EverydayASL Productions are professionally made and well worth the money. You will laugh while you learn!!
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You will learn more ASL online July 15, 2012
By Kat
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was so excited to receive this video, but I couldn't have been more disappointed. There is a VERY limited vocabulary for the price. Yes, it presents the ABC's and 1,2,3's, colors, and a few sentences, but the everyday words aren't extensive.
In addition, the video only gives limited examples and time to practice before moving to the next sign. There is no practice session.
I would suggest saving your money and visiting [...] for free lessons, which you can replay over and over until you get them correct. I learned more in a few minutes from this website then I ever learned from the video.
I expected more from the "Signing Time" people.
By the way - I never leave reviews, but felt very strongly about leaving this one! I'm a teacher of children with autism so signing is important.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful dvd!! September 3, 2012
If you are interested in learning American Sign Language, I highly recommend Everyday ASL's DVD "Sign Language 101". Gilda and Avery make learning a new language fun and they have a great sense of humor! I have bought a few different ASL DVDs from other companies, and theirs are my favorite:) They are true Masters of their language and are able to teach hearing people how to begin to understand this most beautiful language.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Lora
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This dvd is wonderful. I have a grandson that is deaf and I wanted to be able to "talk" to him. I live in the country and the nearest place to take an ASL class is over 50 miles away so I thought I would try this dvd. I have been very pleased, as it teaches not only the alphabet but phrases that are commonly used. I'm still learning (and will be for quite a while!) but after just a few weeks I can actually communicate with my amazing grandson. It makes us both very happy. I would recommend this dvd to anyone that would like to learn ASL.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By brenda
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I thought this was a good place to start. I just wish it had more information on it. Check it out!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
We find this very useful in learning ASL
Published 18 days ago by kathleen anderson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Pretty educational!
Published 1 month ago by CLAUDIA
3.0 out of 5 stars Learning the language
I am completely new to sign language, so I am looking for a helpful introductory aid. This video was not a good fit for me. The person doing the lessons was a bit distracting.
Published 2 months ago by Cali Book Worm
5.0 out of 5 stars Sign Language 101
I open it the 1st day i received it and I am hook! I want to lean more ASL. I learning my colors, numbers and new sentences.
Published 4 months ago by Estella Apalatequi
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
I love it beautiful and well made. I use every day. I recommend to all to purchase it. It is Ideal for a gift present.
Published 4 months ago by Juan R. Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars EverydayASL
Gilda, Avery, and everyone at EverydayASL,
I have 2 of your dvd's and truly enjoy them. They are informative, educational and humorous. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Derrick Liebau
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Condition
Excellent Condition, but my grandchildren haven't really looked at it. I hope they will this summer. I like it. Thanks
Published 7 months ago by Tess-Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars thanks
This was great quality I got exactly what I expected to get and I love it. Couldn’t have asked for better.
Published 7 months ago by kendrick moore
3.0 out of 5 stars It was kind of boring
The video started with the alphabet, with poor production values.I am trying to get past that to the signs themselves, which I hope will be more than just say it, show it, and move... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joey Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent purchase
i gave this as a gift for a friend who is experiencing hearing loss. Nothing but praise and ease of use.

Highly recommend. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mike Morrison
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