- Paperback: 158 pages
- Publisher: Judea Media, LLC (July 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984529446
- ISBN-13: 978-0984529445
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 80 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Don't Just Sign... Communicate!: A Student's Guide to Mastering American Sign Language Grammar
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"Think you can't learn American Sign Language? Well, think again. Start ASL's book makes learning ASL grammar and syntax not only fun but easy to understand. This guide gives you the tools you need to feel comfortable communicating in the Deaf community." - Pearl Feder, L.C.S.W., Editor & Coordinator, SayWhatClub Social Media
"There is so much more to signing than just learning the hand shapes and movements. ASL is all about its own syntax, phonology and grammar. This book does a great job of exploring what makes ASL its own unique language. Start ASL has done it again!" - John Miller, Co-Founder, Educator, SigningSavvy.com
"Combining all of the grammatical aspects of ASL to form a complete idea is not easy for the beginning signer. Luckily, this book explains all of this, how to execute, and then some! Great job to Michelle Jay for making this available and so clearly for the new and not-so-new signer!" - MJ Williams, Author, Babiesandsignlanguage.com
"As an ASL instructor for high school students, I am always looking for ways to improve my students' understanding of ASL structure. This guide is a great tool for ASL students to use for understanding the grammatical and conceptual nature of ASL. The book is very user friendly and structured well." - Cindy Dawes, ASL Instructor, Fivay High School
About the Author
Beginning when she was only thirteen years old, Michelle Jay has understood her passion and love for ASL. As a hearing person in the Deaf community, Michelle was determined to master everything she could about ASL... not just "how to sign" but the very best ways to learn to sign as well!
As the founder of StartASL.com, the leading online resource for ASL and Deaf Culture, Michelle has tremendous insight into this unique community. Michelle earned a Bachelor's Degree in Deaf Studies, with an emphasis in teaching, from one of the nation's premier programs at California State University, Northridge.
When not writing books or tending her website, Michelle contributes thought-provoking articles to academic publishers such as Greenhaven Press. Her unique articles have done much to support Deaf Culture, and have been printed in resource publications such as American Chronicle and Perspectives on Diseases & Disorders: Deafness & Hearing Impairments.
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Need to add it to your signing library.
ASL grammar not English off the hands.
A great learning/teaching tool.
Don't Just Sign... Communicate! A Student's Guide to Mastering ASL Grammar is a fantastic little book that offers a satisfying introduction to American Sign Language and to the Deaf-World. I purchased this book (and a companion text) as a supplement to a Beginner's ASL class at college. I found it to be a helpful, accurate quick reference and practice guide for that continuing education course. The format is easy to follow, the text is big, and the images are appropriate. Note: I found that I had to study some of the images carefully to grasp what I was actually trying to do while signing. The author, Michelle Jay, acknowledges this difficulty of learning from only pictures, and she highly recommends using ASL dictionaries along with her own books. Thankfully, in this book, she offers several suggestions for these, including a print version and online ones such as the video based ASL Pro at [...]. (That site is my prefer choice in support of this book because the videos make it easier for me to visualize how the signs are formed..how they flow..from start to finish. I wasn't completely confident in my attempts with some of the static images of the book, so I was happy with "permission" to consult dictionaries.)
Cool Things I Learned As A Result of Don't Just Sign... Communicate! A Student's Guide to Mastering ASL Grammar:
*ASL wasn't recognized as a genuine language (with real vocabulary, grammar, and syntax) before 1960. ASL was officially recognized as a standard language just as recently as 1989 by the US Supreme Court--->an important stamp-of-approval that finally allowed ASL to be respected and offered in schools to satisfy foreign language / language studies requirements. Just a search on the internet can show how popular ASL is becoming. A website called Signing Online offers a variety of reasons why people should learn ASL.
*Lexicalized Fingerspelling (loan signs) can help you emphasize points, show directionality, and make comparisons.
*You can learn signing for money, for fractions, and measurements.
*Facial Expressions can affect the meaning of your signs while your signing.
*Appropriate personal signing area is defined and illustrated in this book.
*I had heard of "name signs," but never "Name-Shine," to emphasize the good or honored reputation of someone. The Name-Shine sign is paired with the name sign of someone well-known and well-respected. / It's interesting to note that only a Deaf person can give someone a true name sign after the person is involved in the Deaf community. (Pages 48; 53)
* ASL grammar and syntax are quite different from English grammar and syntax.
*Verbs in ASL can be very interesting to study! There are plain verb, directional verbs, spatial/locative verbs, and classifier verbs. ASL does bot use "state of being" verbs like am. A student has to be willing to let go of English conventions while doing ASL.
I purchased this book along with another book by Michelle Jay: Don't Just Sign.. .Communicate! A Student's Guide to ASL and the Deaf Community. That book speaks more to the culture of the language and the Deaf-World. It includes information on how to become involved with ASL and Deaf communities; the history of Deaf-World; beliefs and practices; Deaf Education; ASL Careers; Deaf-World terminology, and more. That book proves to be a welcomed companion to the book reviewed on this page. So, I recommend them as a paired-purchase! :) Really, for the best study foundation, one should read the "A Student's Guide to ASL and the Deaf Community" before starting "A Student's Guide to Mastering ASL Grammar." To truly understand the language of a people, you have to appreciate their culture...where they've been, where they are, and where they are going.