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Signing: How To Speak With YOur Hands Paperback – August 1, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0553375398 ISBN-10: 0553375393 Edition: Rev Upd Su

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Rev Upd Su edition (August 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553375393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553375398
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 7.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

American Sign Language is a wonderful silent language of hands, face, and body that is rich with nuance, emotion, and grace. Bantam is proud to present the newly revised Signing : How To Speak With Your Hands, a comprehensive and easy-to-use guide that has long been the invaluable and definitive guide for families, friends, and professionals who need to communicate effectively with deaf children and adults. Now this expanded edition, with redesigned interiors and updated material, includes even more signs; large, upper-torso illustrations clearly show formation and movement of the hands, and their relation to the face and body. All the beautifully illustrated signs are accompanied by precise, easy-to-follow instructions on how to form them. This complete guide includes chapters on common phrases, the alphabet, foods and eating, health, recreation, and the newest chapter covering technology, politics. education, and music.

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American Sign Language is a wonderful silent  language of hands, face, and body that is rich with  nuance, emotion, and grace. Bantam is proud to  present the newly revised Signing :  How To Speak With Your Hands, a  comprehensive and easy-to-use guide that has long  been the invaluable and definitive guide for  families, friends, and professionals who need to  communicate effectively with deaf children and adults. Now  this expanded edition, with redesigned interiors  and updated material, includes even more signs;  large, upper-torso illustrations clearly show  formation and movement of the hands, and their relation  to the face and body. All the beautifully  illustrated signs are accompanied by precise,  easy-to-follow instructions on how to form them. This complete  guide includes chapters on common phrases, the  alphabet, foods and eating, health, recreation, and  the newest chapter covering technology, politics.  education, and music.

More About the Author

Dr. Elaine Costello has been an educator and author associated with the field of deafness for more than twenty years. For ten years she was a classroom teacher and supervisor in schools for the deaf. She is now the director and editor in chief of the Gallaudet College Press at Gallaudet College in Washington, D.C., the world's only liberal arts college for the deaf.

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Would highly recommend this to a beginner in sign language!
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This book was in spectacular condition, I received it quickly, and it was in excellent form.
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I really like the book, it makes it really easy to understand.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
I use this book to teach Sign Language classes and think it is great. Dr. Costello has a thorough introduction to the language in the beginning of the book. The chapters are broken into "families" of signs, with clear illustrations. At the beginning of each chapter are three "basics" of ASL useage, which introduce the student to not only the vocabulary in the book, but also the way in which the language is used. It's a great book, and her background gives her every right to write a book like this. BTW, if you're interested in a children's Sign Language video, contact me. I am producing one that you may love!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jay3fer on May 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
"Signing: How to Speak with your Hands" will serve many purposes on your signing bookshelf: it's a jam-packed dictionary, introductory grammar text, thorough guide to the non-manual aspects of signs, plus a little historical background thrown in for good measure.

Each dictionary-style entry not only depicts the sign clearly (both starting and ending handshapes), as most books do, but describes the handshape(s) and actions involved in text. PLUS, there is a written "hint" provided for many of the words defined (wherever possible, ie the more iconic or literal signs).

Example:

For EGG, the definition shows a picture of the start and end handshapes for the EGG sign. Text reads: "Begionning with the middle-finger side of the right hand across the index-finger side of the left "h" hand, drop the fingers down and apart from each other." The accompanying hint reads, "Hint: Breaking an egg into a bowl," which this motion resembles.

For SYRUP, the hint is "wiping syrup from the lips"; for FIRE, "shows flames rising."

This book groups words thematically into sections, not alphabetically, but rather in categories, like Health, Food, etc. Each section is a treasure-trove of signs, which may be overwhelming to the beginner, but which means the book will not quickly outlive its usefulness.

Each section begins with a few quick grammar points, and grammar is also integrated into the definitions wherever applicable. Grammar points cover topics like the signing space, symmetrical signs, placement and the nonmanual aspects of signing like repetition, emphasis and facial expression.

This book uses an extremely durable binding, which is perhaps its best feature, as you'll be referring to it again and again.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 1997
Format: Paperback
This book was chosen as the textbook for the "Basic I" sign language class in the signing ministry that recently started at our church. In the six weeks that we have been using it, along with having a gifted teacher, we have progressed to the point where our class was able to understand most of the signs that were used at a play we attended and we have been able to sign parts of the service at church with confidence.

The pictures that go along with the signs are clear and the directions are easy to understand and follow. There are enough signs that you will be able to hold conversations in a very short time. The only thing missing are practice quizzes and fingerspelling exercises. This would be a big help in practicing the vocabulary.

There is nothing that can replace a good teacher, but this book is a great way to learn the basics. If you happen to have the great teacher also, it is an unbeatable combination.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By motivated reader to 3 boys on January 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book for an introductory sign language course offered through a local public school. I found it to be a very good starting point, though I quickly outgrew it and needed Elaine Costello's more extensive Random House Dictionary. This book provided a much better overview of ASL than any other I have since seen on the shelves, but if you are wanting to learn a significant amount of ASL, better to forgo this one and purchase the full size dictionary.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Sattler on January 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
Elaine Costello got it right when she made this dictionary and had it sectioned by topic instead of purely alphabetical. This book is a required text for my college level intro to ASL classes that I teach.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Blackburn on June 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is great as a vocabulary builder for new signers. Signs are clearly shown and explained.
However, it pushes English grammar and word order, and the number of signs per category can be overwhelming.
Not for those who want to learn the "pure" form of American Sign Language, grammar and all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. O'Briski on July 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
I began taking classes to learn A.S.L. about two years ago, and "How To Speak With Your Hands" was my first study guide. I found it to be an excellent book for a beginner and I continue to use it as a reference tool.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Mains on May 16, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is really helpful in learning signs. It is a great tool to have when you are at places where you don't have access to learn by DVD/TV. It has a great index for quick searches. Elaine Costello mastered this piece of work. This book is also nice to have to practice with other people.
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