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Organizes more than 1,900 ASL signs by 40 basic handshapes and includes detailed descriptions on how to form these signs to represent the different English words that they might mean. Users can begin to track down a sign by determining whether it is formed with one hand or two. Further distinctions of handshape, palm orientation, location, movement, and nonmanual signals help them pinpoint their search while also refining their grasp of ASL syntax and grammar.
A detailed line drawing clearly indicates how to sign each word and is accompanied by the same word translated into the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.
What is American Sign Language?
American Sign Language is a language using hand and body gestures that was created to help Deaf and hard of hearing people in America communicate their thoughts and feelings. American Sign language is considered a separate language and culture from the language and culture of spoken English. Sign language has variations, and people outside of America may not understand ASL, even if they are Deaf and/or fluent in their own sign language.