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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Conversational Sign Language, Illustrated

ALPHA / 2004 / Paperback

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You're no idiot, of course. You know communicating in sign language involves more than moving your hands. Facial expressions and body gestures speak in greater volumes than signed speech alone, but it can be a complicated combination of art and skill.
Don't tie your fingers up in knots! This guide will show you how to express yourself clearly in the deaf community--and how to listen in return. Learn to communicate in a visual mode. Make small talk through fingerspelled words and key conversational signs. Make sure that people understand your signing. Learn how to interact in school and work environments. Ask for directions. Know how to communicate with emergency personnel. Discover the similarities and differences in sign language throughout the world. Be assured you won't offend somoene with the wrong gesture.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: ALPHA
Publication Date: 2004
ISBN: 1592572553
ISBN-13: 9781592572557
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Series: Complete Idiot's Guide

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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

Author Bio

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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