Sign Language Made Simple: The Book

Are you confused by the You-Tube videos and the books that teach individual signs of American Sign Language (ASL)? Are you searching for a relatively quick and easy way to learn to sign and converse with Deaf individuals? If so, you've come to the right place.

This Sign Language Made Simple book was designed by a professor for people like you. Using the principles of effective teaching and learning, he presents about twenty new signs in one short chapter each week, enabling you to memorize and use over 1,500 basic ASL signs in less than a year and to easily chat with Deaf individuals you may know or happen to meet.

This is possible because Edgar D. Lawrence's learning system is user-friendly. It omits ASL grammar and teaches basic ASL signs in English sentences, allowing you to memorize the signs in a way that makes it easy to sign your complete thoughts and to make meaningful contact with a Deaf person from the very first lesson. That's why this method of communicating is called, "Contact Signing” or "Conversational Signing."

First published in 1975 and revised in 1999, Sign Language Made Simple has endured the test of time. For about forty years, this book has provided, and still provides, a tried and true method of learning to sign, and it remains a popular choice today. Note: Don't confuse Edgar D. Lawrence's book with the book of the same title being marketed today. That book was published many years after the first Sign Language Made Simple book appeared, and it differs significantly from it. Book titles cannot be copyrighted.

ISBN 0-88243-500-0

Sign Language Made Simple, Second Edition by Edgar D. Lawrence. Introduction by Ruth A. Reppert