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American Sign Language Videos

The best way to learn American Sign Language is from a native signer. I urge you to seek out the Deaf Community where you live and see if you can attend their social gatherings or find a tutor.

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Bravo Family Video Course

The best ASL video course is the Bravo Family Video Series. The series is fairly expensive (around $600 in September 2003); it can be purchased through Sign Enhancers (see Related Resources at the bottom of the page). The Bravo Family Video Series can be borrowed, by qualifying families, through the Captioned Media Institute.

The Series includes the following titles:
Meet the Bravo Family; Breakfast With the Bravo Family; Where's the TV Remote?; Let's Go Food Shopping!; Review and Practice (Lessons 1-4); Read Any Good Fingers Lately?; A School Daze; School Daze: The Sequel; Dollar Signs; Review and Practice (Lessons 6-9); Playing in the Park; The Doctor Is In!; Business As Usual; Let's Go Clothes Shopping!; Review and Practice (Lessons 11-14)

Say, Sing and Sign

The Say, Sing and Sign videos are a marvelous tool for hard-of-hearing and hearing children. Unfortunately, they are not captioned, but perhaps that would distract from the sign.

The songs are engaging, the native signers are lively, and the songs are well-paced. Beginning signers will be able to sign along easily.

Before each song, new signs are introduced. The songs are sung in grammatical English and the ASL is also grammatically correct.

I'm not going to review each video separately as they are substantially similar in design; each covers a different topic.

Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales I

From the Back Cover
Using American Sign Language (ASL), Fairy Tales I brings your favorite Fairy Tales to life with a unique blend of drama and skillful storytelling. The special talents of our storytellers and actors will delight you as you enjoy these ageless Fairy Tale classics filmed on location. You will be enchanted as each story comes to life.

For those who don't know American Sign Language, each story has a full Voice over narration so all can enjoy these great stories as the wonder of imagination fills your home. So whether you know sign language or not, come share these timeless tales with the rich culture of Deaf America. The stories included in this tape are: "Rapunzel", "Snow White and Rose Red", "The Frog Prince", "Hansel and Gretel", and "The Brave Little Tailor".

Fairy Tales II

From the Back Cover
Using American Sign Language (ASL), Fairy Tales II brings your favorite Fairy Tales to life with a unique blend of drama and skillful storytelling. The special talents of our storytellers and actors will delight you as you enjoy these ageless Fairy Tale classics filmed on location. You will be enchanted as each story comes to life.

For those who don't know American Sign Language, each story has a full Voice over narration so all can enjoy these great stories as the wonder of imagination fills your home. So whether you know sign language or not, come share these timeless tales with the rich culture of Deaf America. The stories included in this tape are: "Sleeping Beauty", "The Golden Goose", "Little Red Riding Hood", "The Princess and the Pea", and "The Tinder Box".


Related Resources

Off-site links to related topics.

Captioned Media Program
The Captioned Media Program is run by the U.S. Department of Education. Individuals with hearing loss, parents of children with hearing loss, or teachers of children with hearing loss may borrow open-captioned videos and DVDs for free.
The videos are mailed directly to you with post-paid return envelopes.

Sign Enhancers
A sign language resource catalog.

American Sign Language
Reasons to learn ASL and helpful resources: books, software, web sites.

Teaching ASL to Hearing Children
Resources for teaching American Sign Language to hearing babies, toddlers and young children.


There is something fascinating and compelling about sign language.
- Elaine Costello




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