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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; Pap/DVD edition (29 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340991321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340991329
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 5.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"By far the best on the market now . . . . I will be putting this book on my mandatory reading material for all my BSL Level 1 learners" (Sister M. Rebicsek - Amazon reviewer and BSL tutor)

"Well worth the investment " (Lucy - Amazon reviewer)

"I loved it because it fully covered the areas that most books I have tried missed, such as facial expressions to accompany the signs, as well as word ordering" (FeatherHammer - Amazon reviewer)

Book Description

Get Started in British Sign Language is the ideal self-access course to teach BSL to hearing learners.

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As a long-standing tutor of BSL, with many years experience of teaching BSL Levels 1 and 2 as well as short courses and taster courses, I thought, not another book on BSL. However this comes from the excellent firm Deafworks (its founder, Laraine Callow, has just got the MBE in January 2011 for services to Deaf people - well deserved and well done!) so I thought I would buy it and see what it is like. It is by far the BEST on the market now. Up to now, Cath Smith's books A Sign Language Companion,and Signs Make Sense have been good at trying to explain some aspects of grammar. However this book by Paul Redfern is outstanding in that not only is it linguistically correct but it EXPLAINS things which is lacking in many books and DVDs. I will be putting this book on my mandatory reading material for all my BSL Level 1 learners and those doing short courses from now on. Well done Paul, on filling a much needed gap in the market! This book has been written in exactly the same way that I teach my own learners and it will reinforce what they have done in the classroom. I am really pleased to have found this book for my learners. Amazon's price also makes it very affordable. Free shipping postage excellent too and it came very quickly.
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Having studied up to BSL stage 3 I have managed to have seen a fair amount of BSL books based around self-study. The vast majority of these do not have much information regarding BSL grammar/structure/other aspects (e.g: facial expressions) and are essentially dictionaries of BSL vocabulary - Imagine learning a foreign language such as french without any information on grammatical constructs! This book is very thorough in introducing BSL and basing the majority of the book around the structure of the language, with key vocabulary included en route and there is information regarding what exactly BSL is aswell as those people who use it, the D/deaf community. The layout is particularly easy to use with short snappy paragraphs/exercises and the illustrations and accompanying DVD are very clear and incredibly useful to aid the teachings. As another reviewer mentioned, this is not simply a book for beginners but also one that more advanced BSL learners would find useful, brushing up on key concepts of BSL which are key to use to convey messages accurately and expressively.

This is the book to buy if you are considering learning BSL.
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As a beginner learning BSL,I have found this pack to be an excellent resource. The text is clearly written and the illustrations - along with the video clips on DVD - support the learning process throughout. The content perfectly complements a beginners course in BSL (which I am currently undertaking), and the compact size of the book means it is easily popped into a handbag for any reminders/reassurance needed. A 'must have' purchase.
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Is a great learning resource for anybody starting to learn British Sign Language (BSL). A wonderful multi tool, students get to learn using the book and DVD (which is also mp4 compatible!) side by side. You can work in course sections or work through the book, as it gradually introduces the learner to the starting blocks of BSL, learning everyday signs and the alphabet.

One of the books many strengths is the way it introduces BSL grammar as it really gives the learner a head start in thinking in BSL and not in English which is key to learning BSL! The book also gives the learner an insight into Deaf culture and BSL etiquette which is invaluable when approaching that most important step of how to start a conversation. Handy tips and reminders throughout the book help you to learn the right way!

It is the best BSL learn to sign course I have seen!
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This book has a good introduction, explaining about the difference between d/Deaf people. However I found actually learning BSL from the book to be difficult – the diagrams are very difficult to understand and the actors in the video clips sign far too quickly. I found myself having to look up videos online to watch better clips of people signing in order to learn. There are lots of really good videos on Youtube etc which have helped me to learn much more than this book – a shame when considering how expensive it was!
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At the moment I am learning BSL Level 1. This book and DVD was recommended by my teacher. This book is very helpful. I am a mature student and I do find it harder to remember things. This book goes into great detail which helps me and the DVD is nice and clear. I would recommend this book and DVD.
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Accompanying DVD is a piece of junk. None of my DVD players are able to read the DVD menu, and the DVD players show just a list of two folders named AC2 and VIDEO_TS. The AC2 folder shows MP4 files, which take up most of the space on the purchased DVD accompanying the book.

The only folder to show some useful files on my TV DVD players is the VIDEO_TS, which shows only 16 out of the 65 that display the gestures needed to understand the accompanying book. Looking at the contents of the DVD on my PC shows the 65 video files in the VIDEO_TS folder.

The book is not worth much without the full list of video clips needed to explain the contents of the book; the book also states that the DVD clips are an integral part to explaining BSL.

The only way round this for buyers who experience the same problem is to copy the contents of the VIDEO_TS folder onto a PC hard drive and use a DVD "burner" (such as Nero) to burn another video DVD (not data DVD).

One can do this by copying the aforesaid files from the VIDEO_TS folder into a folder created and named, say TYBSL, on the hard drive.

When the DVD burner burns your video DVD (it MUST be in video burning mode) from all the selected files in that folder (TYBSL), it automatically creates the required AUDIO_TS folder, and the VIDEO_TS folder with the aforesaid files into it - and whooppee-dooo, your newly created DVD works with your telly video player, showing the functional menu that is needed, plus all 65 video clips working as they should!

Stuff the copyright warning - if it don't work, fix it - you paid for it - and having to hassle to fix it. Period!!

That AC2 folder with MP4 files created by the manufacturers stuffed up the functioning of their DVD. When emailing to the seller for a solution, they did not even have the decency to reply!

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