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Authors: Lou Fant,Barbara Bernstein Fant,Betty Miller

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The American Sign
Language Phrase Book



Lou Fant and Barbara Bernstein Fant
Illustrations by Betty G. Miller


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I dedicate this edition to my beloved sister, Frances Petersen,
who will not survive the ravages of cancer.
—Barbara Bernstein Fant


Preface to the Third Edition


How to Use This Book

A Guide to American Sign Language

Greetings, Salutations, and Everyday Expressions


Good morning

Good afternoon

Good night

How are you?

How have you been?

I'm glad to see you

See you later


I feel fine

Additional vocabulary

I haven't seen you for a long time

Thank you


No, thank you

Pardon me

Where is the restroom?

Close/open the door/window

Do you like to watch TV?

Do you want to go to the movies?

What's your phone number?

Do you have a TTY?

Do you have a car?

May I go with you?

Have a seat, please

What time is it?

I have to go home

Where are you going?

I'm sorry

Have a nice Thanksgiving

Merry Christmas

Happy Hanukkah

Happy New Year

Happy birthday

Signing and Deafness

I'm learning sign language

Sign slowly, please

Please repeat

I can't fingerspell well

I can fingerspell, but I can't read it well

You sign fast

I don't understand

Would you write it, please?

How do you sign ____?/What's the sign for ____?

There's no sign for that; you have to fingerspell it

What does ______ mean?

Are you deaf?

I'm not deaf, I'm hearing

I'm hard of hearing

Do you use a hearing aid?

Can you read lips?

I speak a little

How did you lose your hearing?

How old were you when you became deaf?

I was born deaf

Are your parents deaf?

I want to visit the club for deaf people

I enjoy TV with captions

I saw a captioned film last night

Did you go to a residential school for deaf children?

I went to a school for hearing children

Gallaudet was the first college for deaf people

Many deaf students enter hearing colleges

Gallaudet University is in Washington, D.C

Getting Acquainted

What is your name?

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