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Signs Make Sense: A Guide to British Sign Language (Human horizons series) Paperback – 17 May 1990

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd (17 May 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0285650831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0285650831
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 1.1 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A very useful book." -- 'British Deaf News'

"Great books to help further understanding of the language of deaf people." -- 'The Teacher'

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The principles of British Sign Language for beginners
Published by Souvenir Press, London in 1990, SIGNS MAKE SENSE was the first book of its kind concerning British Sign Language, offering a "lively and fascinating introduction to its principles".

The book considers how handshapes and sign locations can be linked to meaning, encouraging the reader to think visually rather than through words. It includes a section explaining how time is marked in BSL, number incorporation, handshapes representing people and vehicles, the central role of facial and bodily expression, and some of the factors involved in its diverse variations.

The layout is clear and accessible and designed to help beginners to recognise some of the basic principles and structures of BSL through an understanding of its internal logic, whilst at the same time, developing a working knowledge of its vocabulary.

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This book is an invaluable book for biginners ang those doing stage 1-2 BSL. The pictures are easy to follow and clear.The book also gives you a clear understanding of hand shape and facial expresions as well as some history of BSL.
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I need to echo the five stars of all the other reviewers.

In a sea of BSL books that just contain words and pictures, this actually makes sense of BSL. For example, instead of showing one finger as a person and two fingers on a hand as a person walking, it goes into how all the different ways and words in which a person can be represented by one finger - or two fingers in the case of walking and other related words. There is also sensible grouping - all the "thinking/knowing/forgetting" words together with signs grouped around the head. And a section representing all the "good" words with the "good"/thumbs-up handshape.

And as such, you read the book once, and you remember the signs you've seen.

Again, by far the best I've seen (of around 8 books).
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I wish I'd had this book from the beginning of bsl year 1. It really does make sense of why a sign is used and takes away the confusion. The text is well written and easy to understand. I would recommend it to anyone interested in British sign language. It does what it says on the front cover.
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I bought this book 5 weeks prior to beginning a sign language course. It takes some commitment to keep picking up this book and learning productively (I used people to test me on 10-20 signs per day) but it has proved an invaluable introduction to signing.

One thing to be aware of - not that this is a criticism of the book - is that regional adaptations to signs may require you to alter what you see in this book.

Overall, a great headstart to learning sign language. 5 thumbs up.
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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Jun. 2006
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I bought this book almost on a whim and found it exceptional to work from. It is very clear to read and the illustrations are easy to decipher and learn from. It gives a solid basis to progress from on your own, and also useful back up to any classes you may take. A good place to start.

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This seems to be a good book, however, i didnt realise how old it was and when I showed it to me BSL tutor he said it was too told and a lot had changed.

I think it is better to get the most recent of any signing book - Web have been told Lets Sign Dictionary 2nd edition by Cath Smith is the newest
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not much to say really, other than this is well written, easy to work with and one I would recommend to anyone setting out to learn signing.
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This book is a fantastic example of sign made easy. Anyone who accesses this book and practice the signs will no doubt be able to communicate to with a hearing impaired person or even use the sign to teach a child who has not yet acquired speech. The signs are simple and easy to use. A great book. Thanks Cath Smith and thanks amazon for stocking the book. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an easy way to learn sign language.
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