I tried to find the best book for you, And this is what I suggest..
Number 1 Best seller..
Teach Your Baby to Sign: An Illustrated Guide to Simple Sign Language for Babies
The Baby Signing Book: Includes 350 ASL Signs for Babies and Toddlers
The "Sign, Sing, and Play" Kit (Baby Sign Language Basics)
Hope this help..
What is the most spoken sign language in the world?
well sign language isn't technically "spoken" but beyond that, it is Chinese sign language which has about 20 million people who use it in China, Malaysia, and Taiwan. American sign language only has about 2 million in the US and some more in other countries. British sign language has about 50,000 signers.
Is sign language considered to be a second language?
Yes, American Sign Language is officially recognized as a foreign language. It has different structure, idioms and a separate community that utilizes the language. Weather or not your colleges recognize that, is a completely different story, you do however have grounds on which to fight it if you wish to use it as a second language instead of an elective since the USA has deemed it a second language.
i would be inclined to start with saying something about your sister and the fact that it seems to be or is the best way you can both communicate. then perhaps tell them how easy or hard, whichever the case is/was for you, you could then perhaps demonstrate a couple of examples of simple sentences like 'i love you', "are you hot/cold", 'do you want a drink etc'. to round off perhaps tell them how invaluable it has been and the importance of communicating rather than ignoring people less fortunate than ourselves.
in a way we all do some form of sign language, particularly if you are in a foreign country by pointing to something (such as fruit/vegetable, maps etc) then the quantity by putting up our fingers and the same can go for the cost. look around at people and you will find this is so even when we speak the same audible language.
hope this has been some help.
Is American sign language considered a second language that a lot of college's require?
Some colleges will give foreign language credit for sign language and others won't. Most colleges require two years of college-level foreign language, but you take a placement test at the beginning which can exempt you from part or all of it. BYU may or may not have accommodations for you to "test out" of sign language, but may not if they don't offer courses in it. So you may end up having to take another language when you get there, but many students who take two years of high school Spanish have to start over in college anyway, or in any case they will usually have to take a year of it in college.
So even if they don't take your credits, you wouldn't be far behind, and if you want to learn ASL and have the opportunity to do so, you should go ahead because it's not offered at a lot of colleges. As for how it will look on your college application, one language in high school is as good as another. It will look even better if you're also involved in a sign language club or volunteer with the deaf community in your area.
A good read.
The first school for deaf people was the Institut Royal des Sourds-Muets (or the Royal Institute for the Deaf and Mute). This institute taught French sign language, or presently known as FSL.
In the 19th century educators were starting to oppose sign language being taught to the deaf. Supporters of this idea questioned that if the deaf were taught to speak they could be less isolated from everyone else. This method, the method of teaching the deaf individuals to speak, was called oralism. By the 20th century many educators of the deaf were using this method called oralism, in fact all deaf education in the United States and France was oralism. But oralism not consisted of teaching the deaf to speak but also teaching the deaf to read lips, in a sad fact they often went to the extreme as punishing deaf children when they signed among themselves. Linguist William C. Stokoe was to thank for today’s booming 500,000 individuals that speak sign language today, because he worked to place sign language education back into the schools and succeeded.
Linguists have found similarities between spoken language and sign language.
No. There are separate signs for each language. That's why they call it "American Sign Language" I am fluent in American Sign Language, or ASL. You can easily offend someone from another country by using a simple sign in American Sign Language. I have met other people who sign that are from America and they have shown me a few signs that mean different words!