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Signing: How To Speak With YOur Hands Rev Upd Su Edition
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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).
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I used it for a class and it was very helpful and easy to understandPublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
What a clear,no nonsense book...I want to teach myself to sign and this is the best book to help me achieve my goal.Published 26 days ago by bee
This book is most certainly an accurate resource for learning ASL. With convenient categorys and important information this book is one of my favorites; however this book should... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Associate
I'm just starting out with signing and this book has been a big help.Published 2 months ago by Janet Butler
I finally had to replace this same book because after so many years it has started to fall apart. This is my favorite signing book of all time and my first and favorite resource. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ashlee F
This is a basic learning enhancement! It's self explanatory and easy to follow. I recommend for beginners and a keeper to reflect back!Published 5 months ago by Michell Butler