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The American Sign Language Phrase Book
Synopses & Reviews
Open up a whole new world of communication through ASL
You can easily learn ASL with help from The American Sign Language Phrase Book. With more than 500 phrases, this is the reference guide to everyday expressions in American Sign Language, providing a quick way for you to converse with deaf people.
Clearly illustrated with hundreds of line drawings, this book focuses on areas such as health, family, school, sports, travel, religion, time, money, food and drink, and small talk. This edition's new chapter on technology boasts 50 phrases to help you communicate about the Internet, computing, video relay, and more. There is even a chapter that gives you phrases for communicating about signing: asking people to sign slower, indicating your fingerspelling ability, and requesting help with your fledgling skills.
From asking simple questions (“How are you?”) to more complex phrases (“There's no sign for that, you have to fingerspell it.”), The American Sign Language Phrase Book gives you the power to communicate easily and comfortably in ASL.
Book News Annotation:
A reference to everyday expressions in American Sign Language (ASL). Phrases, grouped in sections such as signing and deafness, getting acquainted, health, school, family, weather, travel, and religion, are illustrated with b&w drawings. Discusses ASL grammar, and includes a sign language alphabet.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This is the reference guide to everyday expressions in American Sign Language, providing the quickest way to converse with people who are deaf or hearing impaired.
Now updated and expanded, this bestselling manual is clearly illustrated with thousands of line drawings and is very easy to use. Organized by topic, its chapters focus on areas such as health, family, school, sports, travel, religion, time, money, food and drink, and even small talk. A detailed discussion of ASL grammar (very different from English grammar) and a compact dictionary of signs are also included.
This edition reflect the evolution of the language--changes in its grammar as well as changes that are a result of the recent movement toward replacing stereotypical signs with their neutral counterparts.
The only ASL phrase book available, this handy guide can function as both an instant reference tool and a long-term study guide.
The American Sign Language Phrase Book functions as both an instant reference tool and a long-term study guide for those interested in understanding and utilizing ASL.
About the Author
Lou Fant (1931-2001) was heralded as a leading expert in the ASL field and an ambassador between the deaf and hearing worlds. He was a teacher, interpreter, consultant, sign language coach, and actor. Fant cofounded the National Theatre of the Deaf in 1967.
Barbara Bernstein Fant has taught beginning and advanced ASL at Seattle Central Community College since 1990. On occasion, she contracts with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and Seattle Diversity Words in providing ASL classes and tutoring to various corporations. She has served as the chairperson of the Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services board.
Table of Contents
Preface to 3rd Edition Introduction: How To Use This Book
A Guide to American Sign Language
Signing and Deafness
Food and Drink
Sports and Recreation
Numbers, Time, Dates, and Money
Appendix: The Manual Alphabet
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