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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Conversational Sign Language Illustrated (The Complete Idiot's Guide) [Paperback]

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Pages   261
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.06" Width: 8" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 7, 2004
Publisher   Alpha
ISBN  1592572553  
EAN  9781592572557  

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Item Description...
Explains how to use American Sign Language to make small talk; ask for directions; interact in school, shopping, home, and work situations; express emotion, and deal with emergencies.

Publishers Description
"How to say it in sign.
With over 500 photos and an instructional DVD."

Focusing on the less formal and more popular PSE (Pidgin Sign English), this is the perfect guide to the fundamentals of communicating through sign in a variety of everyday situations. Inside, readers will discover how to sign for small talk, emotions, directions, weather, family and friends, special occasions, recreation, travel, around the house, dining out, shopping, education, at the workplace, emergencies, and more.
Includes more than 500 photos
First and only book on sign language that contains a DVD
There are approximately two million deaf people in the United States
90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents, and PSE is the form of signing most often learned and taught by parents

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Carol Lazorisak holds national certificates as a Deaf Certified Interpreter and as a Professional American Sign Language Teacher. Selected as a New Yorker of the Week by NY1 Cable, she was featured in the first issue of Biography magazine.

Dawn Donohue is a sign language interpreter and sign language teacher as well as an international management consultant. She is also Ms. Lazorisak s daughter."

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Good starter book  Oct 20, 2008
My husband is using this book to begin learning sign language and it is working very well for him as he can converse quickly.
Sign language instruction book includes a very nicely produced DVD.   Sep 21, 2008
The first part of the book, which provides background and explanation on deafness and deaf culture, is painful, answering questions such as: 'Can deaf people drive?' These are the usual dumb questions that hearing people ask about the deaf. Yes, they drive better than you do, moron, because they don't have a cell phone glued to their ear. However, the author fails to mention the heart-pounding thrill of being a passenger in a car driven by a deaf person who is in the midst of a highly animated signed conversation.

I do highly recommend this book: the sign language explanations, photographs, and illustrations are first-rate, and the companion DVD is an additional positive to make this book highly recommended for someone who needs a casual introduction to deafness and sign language.
disappointing...  Sep 18, 2008
this book is nothing like i thought it would be. i was looking for something that would give me more on conversation style than actual vocabulary words/signs. i got more out of a dictionary than this. it was a complete waste of money, for me. the pictures are decent. they lack variation & real life feel (well, maybe that is the disappointment of the overall book). i do not recommend this book for someone trying to learn another language and not just the subtle niceties.
Excellent Deaf culture and PSE/CS learning tool!  May 20, 2008
Having taken 2 semesters of ASL, I must admit that I was disappointed to see a vocabulary list that I knew 95% of...but this book is definitely an excellent source for those with no or very little prior ASL knowledge. NOTE: THIS IS NOT ASL. The book is Pidgin Signed English (now called Contact Signing) which is easier to learn if your first language is English. That is, the grammar of ASL is absent in the presence of English word order. But the way the book is laid out, it's easy to learn! There's little bits of cultural information, how to engage and end a conversation, "do"s and "don't"s, and more! I like the little anecdotes, too.

Pros: Easy to follow, comes with a DVD to reinforce and clarify signs, decent amount of information for a beginner

Cons: NOT ASL (ASL "words" but not the grammar) and not terribly helpful for those with moderate exposure to sign language

Overall, it's a handy cultural tool that helps you learn a little language :)
USPS review  May 7, 2008
We have a program in the Las Vegas mail processing center where we find solutions for better communication with all employees. To our hearing impaired employees, we had training held in our facility by a certified interpreter who taught both craft and management employees to finger spell words and phrases. We were going to order another sign language book to be given by our plant manager to those who completed the training sessions as his appreciation to them, but there were those who read the reviews on this "Idiot's" book, hence, this is what I ordered. They use it as a refresher, it's well illustrated and easy. Everybody was happy with the book. For the next training group, I'll be ordering some more of this book.

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