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Signing Made Easy!: How to Talk to a Person Who Can't Hear (2000)

Anthony Natale  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anthony Natale
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: American Home Treas
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2000
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TLN4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,859 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In just one hour this fun sign language video will teach you how to communicate to friends, senior citizens or anyone who is hearing impaired. Demonstrated in a fascinating way, you will learn the alphabet and over 300 word-signs. Join your host, Anthony Natale, featured in "Mr. Holland's Opus," "Jerry Maguire" and TV's "Ellen", as he shows you how the deaf drive, understand movies, talk on the phone, read lips and much more. With over 20 million deaf and hard-of-hearing people in North America, this video will enable you to converse in a new voice -- your hands!

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really made learning to Sign easy December 13, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
After having borrowed a copy from a friend, I had to order my own copy-to review again and again! Recently I have obtained a position working with developmentally disabled children and adults, Signing is an important part of teaching and learning. Anthony Natale presents in a crisp, clear style with a humorous and fun twist that interested even my children, We are now all learning together! Excellent resource!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars signing to get along November 8, 2002
I got this dvd because I have always been interested in signlanguage and baby sign. This dvd really gives you a nice base for learning to sign or just to get by if you should happen to meet someone who is deaf. I used to work retail and it really came in handy being able to communicate with a deaf customer who stopped in. I also use it to teach my children. (It really came in handy, when I lost my voice due to a cold) You may want to skip some parts however depending on the age of the child. (like asking for a date, or one sign that done wrong means a totally different thing)I loved it because it shows real life situations instead of a classroom like setting like most videos. It is a great teaching tool, or just as a review, if you are out of practice. I really enjoyed this dvd expecially being able to go to any scene with the dvd version.
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83 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start for English Sign Language March 10, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I think this video is so great. Anthony Natale is funny and I do not dread having to watch it again as I am learning. I am glad in the introduction it is explained Anthony Natale does not teach ASL but signs as he speaks. (Obviously this is confusing for some people). This is not the video to learn ASL but to learn enough vocabulary to be comfortable enough to sign to an ASL signer or any hearing impaired person who signs. It also gives some great insight into the deaf world and encourages everyone to not be afraid to try to meet or talk to a deaf individual. I highly recommend this video as a person embarks on learning to sign, whether it be ASL or English. English sign is growing in popularity because it is easier to learn. This teaches you enough sign to begin signing English Sign Language. If you are interested in learning ASL exclusively, this is not the video for you. They do not teach any ASL grammar. Signing along with English sentence structure is NOT ASL. Great source of vocabulary words for all signers and those interested in learning to sign.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS WAS GREAT - AND HELPFULL! WHAT A BARGIN. February 18, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I bought this at first as a gift to my sister, but very fast
as i watched her watch it, i found out how interesting it is.
the tape shows you very clearly the bsaics of ASL, and as long as you have a little time to devote on watching it you will "Catch it" really fast.
When did i figure this tape is great:
i was at a McDonalds in manhatten (where i live) on 14th and 7th ave, and a person, who gave out cards claiming he can't hear and asks for money.
i asked him a simple question (how are you) by ASL, and he understood and replayed!
any way, if you are interested in ASL (American sign lang)
buy this - also makes a great great gift!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Signing made easy July 26, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I found this tape a great addition to my other sign language tape. The main character(anthony natale)adds humor as he teaches the viewer american Sign Language. Mr.natale does an excellent job showing everyday life through a deaf persons eyes. It's a beginners tape;great for exploring sign language.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the beginner! November 25, 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I have always wanted to learn the basics of sign language and after reading all the positive reviews for this particular video decided to give it a shot. I watched it with my 8 year old son and since then we have been practicing signing and having a great time in the process. I have to point out it is very helpful for anyone new to signing to have a video to learn from and not a book... many of the signs involve motion, which is difficult to depict in books without some confusion. We have been surprised at the ease with which we have picked up so many of the basic signs, and this video was well worth the cost. It is well put together, easy to understand, and excellent for a beginner with a little time on his/her hands, so to speak.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REVIEWING SIGNING MADE EASEY May 22, 2000
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Language July 1, 2005
This was hard to follow. Sometimes, the camera shot did not even show the person's hands so the viewer can't even see the signs being made. This is not for beginners. It did address "deaf prejudice" but didn't help me learn the language.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars No closed captioning
Be careful... I love this DVD but it is a copy. The closed captioning does not work. I purchased one several years ago and loaned it out never to be seen again. Read more
Published 6 months ago by N. Watson
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I really needed something a bit more advanced. This was short, and covered the bare minimum of basics only. I recommend for children who express an interest in learning to sign. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Miss E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Designed with the Beginning ASL Student in Mind
i just started studying ASL by enrolling in a fingerspelling course at a local community college. We've used a number of different videos in my course, all of which i thought were... Read more
Published on July 17, 2010 by J. Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and easy introduction to sign language
Initially, I found this video in the library, and after viewing it a couple of times, I knew I had to have my own copy, so I ordered it through Amazon. Read more
Published on October 23, 2009 by A. Bradley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the learner who does not have much exposure
You can only take so much text, flash cards, and study ... then you need to see it in action. part of the learning process is not just learning the signs, but being able to read... Read more
Published on October 17, 2007 by Brian Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great beginner DVD
I really enjoyed viewing the DVD and find it is a good start for a beginner. The lessons progress in a logical manner and the ASL Alphabet is presented very well. Read more
Published on April 26, 2006 by LAV
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and entertaining way to learn!
It's a really good movie for most of the basics and important things in sign language. It's fun to watch, you should watch it over and over and that's how you learn. Read more
Published on March 29, 2006 by Esther
4.0 out of 5 stars Signing Made Easy
Arrived on time as described I would use this seller again and would recommend this seller to a friend.
Published on March 27, 2006 by lc101
2.0 out of 5 stars Unclear and Hard to learn by
I found this vidio hard to learn by. But unfortunitly I have to put up with it because it is the only VHS Sign Language vidio I have. Read more
Published on August 31, 2005
2.0 out of 5 stars Odd combination of some usefulness and some waste of time

The letters are shown fairly clearly. When signs are repeated, they are fairly clear. The beginning tracks have some useful words and phrases. Read more
Published on July 5, 2005 by J. Lemon
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