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Signing: How To Speak With YOur Hands Rev Upd Su Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0553375398
ISBN-10: 0553375393
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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.

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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.
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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: 7.8 x 0.7 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"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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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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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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I got this to use for a sign language class my church was providing and many of the signs seem to be outdated or too "formal" to be used in regular conversation. Our instructor (who is deaf herself) had us change many of the signs in here. Seems to be a little outdated.
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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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Several signs are outdated according to my deaf instructor. I love the wide variety of basic conversational vocabulary. Pictures and descriptions are very helpful for learning on your own as well. I wish there were a flash card set to go with this as I'm having a hard time finding a set with beginning terms.
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I think this is one of the best books I have seen for learning sign language. I gave an older copy to a woman who had suddenly become deaf. She was very happy! I ordered this one because I wanted to have another to keep. I know the manual alphabet (sometimes I get the P, Q, and X confused) but that is problematic for use with anyone who already signs. It is much more expressive and not too slow for thoughts. It's why we need to use "emoticons" for e-mails and texting. Leave the manual 'bet for silently cussing in church as my friends and I did when kids.
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