LearnSigns 31: House Keeping

While this episode is about cleaning your house, it is also about taking care of some information I need to tell you about an upcoming book. First the vocabulary.

New words learned in this lesson:

  • Clean /Nice / Wash
  • Wash
  • Plate
  • Cup
  • Wash Clothes / Washing Machine
  • Sweep
  • Vacuum
  • Garbage / Trash

Concerning the new book, I needed to get some information from you. First I wrote a post about the book and how that I need input to know where to make the book available. Please comment there or send me an email.

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Book: Learning Sign Language

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Of course the book is about learning sign language. However, it isn’t a list of vocabulary and a bunch of pictures. There are many great sign language dictionaries that you can find and use. My book is a book full of tips and tricks on how to learn sign language quickly. Some of the information I have shared here at, but some of it is much more advanced than where we currently are with the lessons.

Book cover for Learning Sign LanguageRemember the lesson on fingerspelling? Now you can get all the information in one place written in such a way that you can put to practice the exercises I suggest and finally get a handle on spelling well. It should not take more than a couple of weeks to become a better fingerspeller. With the information in the book you will get better if you will learn what I teach.

There is a much more detailed explanation on how to notate signs than I was able to give in the video. You will learn the 5 elements of each sign and how to clearly and quickly put them down on paper so that you never have to forget how to do a sign again.

There is a large section on reading sign language. This is something we have not covered in the videos at any length, but a skill that you need to begin to master as you learn more vocabulary and begin to carry on real conversations in sign language.

Who is the book for?

Anyone taking sign language lessons from any teacher can benefit from this book. It is not required to be a new student at to get value from the content. The information can be used by any student who desires to learn sign language as quickly as possible.

You may not even be learning American Sign Language to benefit from this book. In 25 years as a student of sign language, interpreter and teacher of signs, I have traveled extensively and learned several other signed languages. Many of the principles in the book are applicable to other signed languages. If your interest in signs falls outside of ASL, or you would like to learn another signed language then this book is for you.

I need your help.

This book is now available as an ebook that you can read on your Kindle, Nook or Kobo reader. Each one of these can be read right on your computer with appropriate software.

Besides the Kindle, Nook and Kobo readers, where else do I need to concentrate my efforts on making a well formatted book for you and your platform of choice?

Please leave a comment below or send me an email if you have a prefered store outside of the Kindle/Nook/Kobo stores. Leaving a comment or emailing me will not obligate you to buy the book. I only need to know what your interest is. And, if there is just one person who writes me and asks for a certain format/platform, I will do my best to make it available for you. Don’t hesitate to speak up.

Learning to Sign is available for just $5 for the first two weeks. After that the price will be $8. Because of various ebook platforms and their rules, I can’t offer it for a cheaper price in one place than I do everywhere else. Therefore, if you want the cheaper price, I need to know your platform of choice as quickly a possible so I can have it ready for you.


LearnSigns 30: Colors

These are common colors in American Sign Language. Not all the colors known to man are included because not all the colors have a sign. But the basic ones do and you will learn them in this video.

Colors learned in this lesson:

  • Color
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Purple
  • Red
  • Pink
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Black
  • Brown
  • Tan
  • White
  • Orange

One of the things I asked viewers to do in this video is to write a description of the way the color gray is signed in your area in the comments below.


LearnSigns 29: Fruits

Fruits, as well as food in general, can be one of those groups of signs which vary widely across the US. In this lesson I give you the signs for common fruits that seem to be somewhat consistent in the way they are signed. However, there are a few fruits that I mention a couple of different ways to sign them.


LearnSigns 28: Superlatives

After I did the whole video calling these superlatives, I did my homework and found out they are called degrees of comparison. Superlatives and comparatives are the two degrees.

The comparative compares one item to another, or a group of items. It tells you which one has more of a quality or property in the comparison. An example is, “my brother is older than I.” You can think of this as “more than.”

The superlative compares one item against a group and tells you which one has the greatest property or quality of all the items. An example is, “my brother is the oldest.” You can think of this one as “the most.”

Comparatives and superlatives are applied to adverbs and adjectives. We often do this with the words more and most, or with the suffixes -er and -est.

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LearnSigns 27: Giving Directions

This lesson is about how to give directions. The concept of how to give directions seems to be difficult for many people. Don’t let it discourage you.

Remember that the key to giving directions is to give them from your perspective. It is called the signers perspective. Each step should be given as if you were the one going to the location. Consequently, when you are receiving directions from someone remember they are telling you as if they were going to the location.

New vocabulary learned in this lesson:

  • North
  • South
  • East
  • West
  • Beside
  • In front of
  • Behind
  • Before
  • After
  • Past / Beyond
  • Right
  • Left

If you are adventurous and want to try your hand at watching a video in signs there is a good video about giving directions in sign language done by a deaf lady. The video is loosely captioned and gives you an idea of what she is saying in sign language. It is well done and explains direction giving with some good examples.

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