British Sign Language For Dummies

British Sign Language For Dummies

Language: English

Pages: 330

ISBN: 0470694777

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

British Sign Language For Dummies

Language: English

Pages: 330

ISBN: 0470694777

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Learn British Sign Language quickly and easily with this essential guide and CD-Rom

This lively guide introduces the key hand shapes and gestures you need to communicate in British Sign Language. The illustrations depict both the actions and facial expressions used to sign accurately, while the companion CD-Rom features real-life BSL conversations in action to further your understanding. With these practical tools, you’ll become an expert signer in no time!

British Sign Language For Dummies includes:

  • Starting to sign – learn about Deaf communication and practise simple signs to get you going
  • Learning everyday BSL – develop the grammar and vocabulary skills that are the building blocks to using British Sign Language
  • Getting out and about – sign with confidence in a wide range of real-life situations, from travelling to dating
  • Looking into Deaf life – learn about the history of the Deaf Community and how they’ve adapted their technology and lifestyles to suit their needs

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you, walking away, walking sideways, and so on. Chapter 2: Sign Language You Didn’t Know You Knew FACING YOU MOVING AWAY Use a ‘V for victory’ hand shape – but facing downwards – to show the legs of a person and what she is doing – walk, stand, sit, fall, kneel, jump, hop, and so on. STAND JUMP WALK You can use the same hand shape – held in front of the face – to represent ‘eyes’ for signs such as watch, look, look up, look down, stare, (accompanied by a look of concentration), and so on.

easily. You just sign them as if you’re putting them on. 131 132 Part II: Everyday BSL You sign boots like the action of pulling them on to your legs but the sign is at arms length, below waist level. Here is some practice for you: English: Sign: Where are my hat and coat? MY HAT COAT WHERE? English: Sign: Don’t forget your jumper, scarf, and gloves. [head shakes] FORGET JUMPER SCARF GLOVES Chapter 7: Describing Weather, Colour, and Clothes English: Sign: Are the black boots yours?

BLACK BOOTS YOURS? English: Sign: I can’t find my red socks. (head shakes) CAN’T FIND RED SOCKS 133 134 Part II: Everyday BSL Putting a spring in your signs Spring is when you stop wearing your winter clothes and prepare to face the rain. The signs in Table 7-6 enable you to check whether a Deaf friend is well prepared. Table 7-6 English Spring Sign UMBRELLA English RAINCOAT Try signing the things that keep you dry: English: Sign: Where is my umbrella? MY UMBRELLA WHERE? Sign

Local Landmarks Sign English ROAD BRIDGE POSTBOX TRAFFIC LIGHTS CORNER ROUND CORNER T-JUNCTION CROSS ROADS MOTORWAY POST OFFICE Sign Chapter 8: Getting from A to B To indicate a road sign, you use both index fingers to draw a square shape or one index finger to draw a circle in the air, depending on its shape. Now you’re familiar with basic directions, see if you can sign the following sentences: English: Sign: Drive along the road until you reach traffic lights, turn left. ME ROAD

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