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Instant Immersion American Sign Language Deluxe

by Topics Entertainment
Windows 98 / Me / XP, Mac OS X


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  • Platform:    Windows 98 / Me / XP, Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

From the history of American Sign Language to hand positions for thousands of ASL words and phrases, this eight-CD-ROM software suite is packed with authoritative content developed in tandem with experienced ASL instructors, and features full-motion signing instruction for a wide array of real-life situations.

Features:

  • Learn body and hand positioning for grammar and fingerspelling
  • Video lessons and explanations of ASL phrase syntax improve beginners' foundation in ASL
  • Hands-on ASL dictionary packed with over 6,000 words--plus synonyms and written sign movement descriptions for each entry
  • ASL phrase guide offers real-life communication--over 600 phrases are introduced, with video demonstrations of each entry
  • Complete reference guide provides overview of the scope and history of America's third most common language

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Amazon.com: 3.3 out of 5 stars  30 reviews
62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good sign language aide May 7 2005
By Theodore Illenberg - Published on Amazon.com
This is a good sign language aide. The software come with eight disks. The first disk is the downloading disk that also contains a n overview as well as the history of sign language.

Disk 2 and 3 contains a dictionary of words that are used in sign language. The list is not exhuastive but it is extensive. The words that are in bold are on that disk. The normal font words are on the other disk. Each word comes with a visual representation of the sign. Each word comes with a written description of the sign that explains what the sign is trying to illustrate. Each word comes with a list of alternate and simular words. This is usefull in determining which definition of a word is being used. such as Ball-dance party, or Ball-play object. Unfortunutaley there is no written definiton of the word. The words are listed alphabetically and by catagory. They also have section for games and quizes where you can test your knowledge.

Disk 4 contains finger splelling for all of the words in the alphabet. It also contains a discription ofthe grammar and syntax of sign language. Disk 5-8 conntains various f]phrases that are comonly uswed in everyday conversation. They are broken up into catatgories. The phrases also comes with a video interpretation.

This is a good software to learn sign langauge on a casual basis so you can communicate with friends and family who are deaf. This software is a good study aide for a sign language class. If one wants to learn sign language professionally then they need to take a sign language class. This software is by no means a substiute for a formal class in sign language.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Instant Immersion ASL Deluxe -Good for the Beginner March 17 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I have had the Instant Immersion ASL Deluxe program for a little over a month. I think it is very helpful for those just learning to sign, but not for the more advanced signer. I have taken sign language courses in the past, and to me it is very similar, with the exception of that in school I had to learn signs from drawings, which can be difficult to see which way to hold you hand or turn you fingers. The program uses video to show how to correctly display fingers and how to make proper hand gestures. It also allows you to replay and to slow down the video if you need more practice with certain words or phrases.

One downfall is that the program teaches mostly the noun version of each word and only a few examples are given for forming sentences when signing certain words. I found that the more words I learned the more I wanted to know how to use them in a different context and this program offered very limited examples if any, which is why I think it is better for the beginner-possibly intermediate-user. The set has 8 cds, #1 installation, #2 Dictionary Pt. 1, #3 Dictionary Pt.2, #4 Grammer and fingerspelling, #5 - #8 are Phrase guides. Enough to get you started.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Educational March 4 2005
By A Software User - Published on Amazon.com
These CDs really helped me learn not only signs in ASL, but also how to truly "speak" in this subtle language. And seeing phrases signed by a variety of ASL users (ASL instructors and Deaf people) helped me see the variety different signers bring to the language. I learned from the lessons and videos, felt comfortable studying individual words in the dictionary, and had fun with the quizzes and games. Overall this is a great buy for someone who wants to learn American Sign Language.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Learning Aid/But Slow Aug. 4 2005
By ASL Student - Published on Amazon.com
I really enjoy this software. The illustrations are live and that is so much better than the illustrations in the books I have. But the only problem is for example: when you are using the two dictionary disc, after you request a few signs the program starts to get reallllllllll slow. You request a sign for a word and it takes forever to process and load. I bought a laptop specifically for this software so I could travel with it.

I thought something was wrong with the laptop so I returned it.

I have since loaded this software at work and at home and the same thing happens. You have to shut the program down and start it up again to gain the initial speed. And of course there are eight disc. You can't load but one disc at a time.

If they could just fix these two things, this learning tool would be prefect.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent practice to supplement my ASL classes Jan. 15 2007
By ilum - Published on Amazon.com
I have taken ASL I through a high school continuing education program. I found the Instant Immersion ASL Deluxe program provided me with the extra practice I needed to receive ASL and reinforce signs that were not initially clear to me in class. The CD provide helpful hints on converting signed English to ASL format. Etiquette and ASL history was also useful. I am glad I made the purchase.

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