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Teaches sign language in senteces rather than individual words. Includes graphic drawings, index, and additional learning tools.


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Teaches sign language in senteces rather than individual words. Includes graphic drawings, index, and additional learning tools.

30 review for The Joy of Signing: The Illustrated Guide for Mastering Sign Language and the Manual Alphabet

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (not getting friends updates) Vegan

    I read through this many times when I first got it. It was by far the best resource for learning some American Sign Language. Of course, since I’ve had nobody to practice with or converse with for over 20 years, I’ve forgotten all I’d learned. But I still have the book and it remains a helpful reference book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Linda Beth

    Many signs are outdated. The book is well organized and lovely but it is in desperate need of a revision.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bailey Jane

    This is the EASIEST book if you're wishing to learn ASL. It was what we used in college and it really does make the language simple (or as simple as it can be for a beginner) and fun to understand. A total must for the "communication disorders" major in all of us. This is the EASIEST book if you're wishing to learn ASL. It was what we used in college and it really does make the language simple (or as simple as it can be for a beginner) and fun to understand. A total must for the "communication disorders" major in all of us.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    Quite useful. As it is an older edition, some signs have changed. One small comment is the choice of signs. There are 17 pages devoted to Christian signs and much of that space could have been devoted to other signs. Also, not entirely sure a very beginner needs to know the sign for parliamentary. Mostly, exceptionally useful.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Waterlily

    I think this book is very informational. I refer back to this book lots of times. I even though I marked that I finished the book, I still haven't learned all of the signs in the book yet. I haven't looked at a few pages yet too. I think this book is very informational. I refer back to this book lots of times. I even though I marked that I finished the book, I still haven't learned all of the signs in the book yet. I haven't looked at a few pages yet too.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Very unique!

  7. 5 out of 5

    John Moore

    A must-have for ASL students!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Erica Dawson

    This book is OK. There are many better options.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nelida Ramos

    This book is so AMAZING!! Recommended

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    The Joy of Signing: A Dictionary of American Signs is a comprehensive guide for mastering the current basic signs used to communicate with deaf people in either the word order of the English language or in the American Sign Language pattern. This book serves as an entry (A book on a topic you know nothing about) in the Toronto Public Library Reading Challenge 2019. It was rather difficult to find a book that I know absolutely nothing about, but by chance, I found this book while passing by my loc The Joy of Signing: A Dictionary of American Signs is a comprehensive guide for mastering the current basic signs used to communicate with deaf people in either the word order of the English language or in the American Sign Language pattern. This book serves as an entry (A book on a topic you know nothing about) in the Toronto Public Library Reading Challenge 2019. It was rather difficult to find a book that I know absolutely nothing about, but by chance, I found this book while passing by my local bookstore. The Joy of Signing: A Dictionary of American Signs contains over fifteen hundred signs divided into twenty-five sections with a nifty index at the back. The signs are pictured rather clearly as well as the description of how to use the signs. There are several essays on how to use sign language, the history, and the hearing-impaired culture in general, which was rather informative. While I am far from fluent in the language, at the end of the book, I could finger spell, know my numbers, and some of the more common nouns and verbs that I use daily. I could probably have a short conversation with a hearing –impaired person – if they signed rather slowly and having me spell some words when I do not remember or know a particular sign. However, being fluent in any language could take years of practice. All in all, The Joy of Signing: A Dictionary of American Signs is a wonderful and comprehensive book of about fifteen hundred of the more common signs, which was partition in a logical and straightforward manner.

  11. 4 out of 5

    anca dc

    I received this book as a gift while I was in high-school. That was the time when I started to be interested in deaf people and their sign language. At that time I was dreaming of starting to be involved in the small community of deaf people from my town but, against the fact that I tried, it didn't lead anywhere. Since than I kindda of abandoned this dream but the desire to have some kind of connection with death people, to enter in their world was still deep down in my heart. Starting with thi I received this book as a gift while I was in high-school. That was the time when I started to be interested in deaf people and their sign language. At that time I was dreaming of starting to be involved in the small community of deaf people from my town but, against the fact that I tried, it didn't lead anywhere. Since than I kindda of abandoned this dream but the desire to have some kind of connection with death people, to enter in their world was still deep down in my heart. Starting with this year I've changed jobs and it seems the time has come :) 'cause there's a deaf guy on my shift. :) It is time to have some fruits for my waiting, right? :) The Joy of Signing! :)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    This book pieces together sentences for you somewhat. It is a help if you aren't sure how to really put together words but if you are trying to learn then a dictionary is more useful. I did go through this several times to see just how some stuff works. This is more of a bonus learning book though rather than something you want to rely heavily on. If you want to learn sign language though then I suggest you try several different books. This one is a decent one for sentence structure. Happy Readi This book pieces together sentences for you somewhat. It is a help if you aren't sure how to really put together words but if you are trying to learn then a dictionary is more useful. I did go through this several times to see just how some stuff works. This is more of a bonus learning book though rather than something you want to rely heavily on. If you want to learn sign language though then I suggest you try several different books. This one is a decent one for sentence structure. Happy Reading All!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marlyn

    Went to a sign language class with the family and enjoyed it so much that I bought the Joy of Signing. My granddaughter and I had a great time learing new words and also taught ourselves how to do the Our Father. I've always liked shorthand and signing but have never spent the time it takes to make me profecient at either one. Well, nothing ventured, nothing gained. A little knowledge is better than none at all. Went to a sign language class with the family and enjoyed it so much that I bought the Joy of Signing. My granddaughter and I had a great time learing new words and also taught ourselves how to do the Our Father. I've always liked shorthand and signing but have never spent the time it takes to make me profecient at either one. Well, nothing ventured, nothing gained. A little knowledge is better than none at all.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    This sign language reference book has occupied a spot on my shelves for over 20 years. It is set up similar to a dictionary, with chapters where related signs are grouped together. There is also a large index at the back of the book to enable the user to easily look up a specific sign, and the illustrations for each sign are well drawn and easy to understand. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in learning the basics of sign language.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maia

    This is a great book to learn sign language from; the illustrations are clear and well-explained, including origins of the signs to help you remember them. Instead of being grouped alphabetically, the signs are grouped by subject, such as people, pronouns, household, etc, so that you can get a sense of the similarites between related signs.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    I think this book is a must have for anyone who is learning or wants to learn sign language. It is so easy to look up any word. The words are grouped by categories, and the illustrations are easy to understand. I have never become a pro at sign language like I wanted to about 20 years ago when I was a teenager, but sometimes I still look up words and figure out how to sign things!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mary Root

    I first started using this book as a student of American Sign Language. I traveled with the Deaf for 3 years in a Deaf drama troupe communicating with the deaf around the country. The signs we used were the same ones this book has. It has been years since I have interpreted for the deaf and I have found this a good book to review my signs with.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mario

    Extremely Helpful- A Must Needs!: Anyone involved in or interested in sign language, I highly recommend you purchase this book. I am involved in a sign team at our church & this book has been very helpful in looking up signs to our songs. It is a GREAT learning tool!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    This is a great book to learn the basics of Sign Language. Any beginner should have a copy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Hilary Dawson

    Recommended to me by my sister & her husband (a sign-language interpreter). Working to build my sign skills in time for the arrival of my new niece.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    I had this book for years but gave to someone who would use it. Never got it back .. that okay. This book helps .

  22. 4 out of 5

    Moose

    I am so consumed by my sign language class that I have not read a real book since joy luck club!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Excellent reference guide. Highly recommended.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Bauss

    Reference for story time signing.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Patti

    Completed class with an "A". Recommend the class at Atlantic Cape, learned a lot and had fun. Completed class with an "A". Recommend the class at Atlantic Cape, learned a lot and had fun.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    Great for reference but hard to find individual words.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marts (Thinker)

    This is a wonderful guide to learning the sign language art, however, I'm by no means a practitioner of it... I've always enjoyed perusing the volume though... This is a wonderful guide to learning the sign language art, however, I'm by no means a practitioner of it... I've always enjoyed perusing the volume though...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    This book is not a joy. The introductions are written in the driest language imaginable. There isn't any color. This book is not a joy. The introductions are written in the driest language imaginable. There isn't any color.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tam Tam

    I do like this book. It is separated by different categories. Not by handshape, but by subject. Family. Food. You get it. Helpful for learning signs that relate to each other.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gzchealsea

    Really like it helped me alot to learn sign language

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