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Over 60 years of combined teaching have become one textbook -- over 90,000 words and 250 standard pages to rule them all -- Hardcore ASL Textbook for Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7:

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We chose to exclusively sell our new textbook on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing and, the beauty part is, you don't need a Kindle to read the book! You can read the textbook on any smartphone or tablet or computer. Here's the blurp from the textbook's Introduction that explains how Add-On Videos Access and Private Teaching leap from the book:

This textbook encompasses only the textual part of our entire Hardcore ASL learning program -- there are no images included and this ebook weighs in at over 90,000 words and 250 standard typewritten pages! You are reading an ASL behemoth! American Sign Language is a visual, moving, mode of communication, and that’s why we offer online videos, and hands on instructional help -- for separate purchase on our HardcoreASL.com website -- to help round out your learning.

At the request of our students and other ASL instructors, we have broken up the pieces of our Hardcore ASL teaching into a more financially manageable buffet. You may now choose to learn each Hardcore American Sign Language level in three weeks as originally designed, or you may decide to learn at a slower pace that you alone set. We have removed the clock from your learning with the release of this book. You may finish the entire learning series in 21 weeks, or you may finish as you wish in your own time.

Our Hardcore ASL learning system is broken down into three distinguishable parts:

Part 1. This Textbook. If you are an ASL teacher, you can use this all-encompassing Hardcore ASL Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 book to power and lead your own individualized teaching plan. If you are a student of ASL, you may use this book as a good base for platform learning -- but you will likely also need to additionally purchase parts two and three to achieve a proper circle of satisfied learning.

Part 2. Video Lessons. You may additionally purchase access to watch Hardcore ASL Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 videos directly from this HardcoreASL.com website. The videos help support this textbook teaching. We believe the videos are an invaluable part of learning our system, but not everyone wants to pay extra for video access. The choice is yours based on your learning and mastering preferences.

Part 3. Private Online Teaching. The center of our hands-on learning system is individualized private online teaching where you work exclusively with us one-on-one. You may purchase private teaching for Hardcore ASL Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 on this HardcoreASL.com website. Some of our students prefer to work on their own without needing their progress checked and corrected by us. One advantage to purchasing private teaching is that you will receive a signed certificate of learning when you finish all seven Hardcore ASL levels as a private student. We also reserve the right to not move you forward in the program if you are not submitting passing work. Please note that “Private Teaching” and “Private Tutoring” are two, separate, ideas and purchases on the HardcoreASL.com website. Teaching is online. Tutoring is in person. We can teach you via email video submissions and textual feedback.

You pick where and how you want to start. You decide how deeply you want to learn. Pay as you go.

Please visit HardcoreASL.com for details and current pricing for the videos and private teaching add-ons. Using our system, you can master American Sign Language in 21 weeks. The same course of ASL study would take you 3.5 years in a traditional, semester-by-semester, university setting.


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You will get the same quality teaching our students and/or staff have taken in person at New York University, Montclair State University, the College of New Rochelle, LaGuardia College, Lehman College, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and the Hotel Macklowe. We also provide ASL tutoring services and fluency examinations. To understand our mission here, make sure you read this article about How to Find the Right ASL Teacher and this article investigating the difference between being an interpreter and a clarifier.

Our newest outreach program is -- sosASL.com -- an emergency website portal the Deaf can use to communicate with Hearing first responders like firefighters, police officers, EMTs and hospital staff.

Using American Sign Language images, and text in English and other languages, sosASL.com is a quick and clickable solution to an urgent problem that will help keep the lines of communication alive until a certified interpreter appears on scene.

If you are interested in helping us spread the word about sosASL.com please visit the site and get in touch with us!

Janna M. Sweenie, M.A. and David W. Boles, M.F.A. are your Hardcore ASL instructors!Picture Yourself Learning Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

We are pleased to announce our book on American Sign Language is available for purchase: Picture Yourself Learning American Sign Language, Level 1.

You can buy the book right now from Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble and your local bookstore.

You will learn 90 words and then create over 27,000 ASL phrases using our new "Pick and Say Rubric."

The ASL language book is full-color on every glossy printed page.

The book is published by Thomson/Cengage Learning and we can't wait for you to read it and watch the Bonus DVD bundled with the book!

The book is available in bookstores everywhere and for purchase online.

Hand Jive Book Cover!Hardcore ASL is where the inspired Janna M. Sweenie, MA and the polymathic David W. Boles, MFA teach American Sign Language to the strictest standards based on the genesis of the language. 

Hardcore ASL uses a methodology for teaching that will bring a return to the hardcore basics of American Sign Language.

We are not an interpreting service though we do provide support for interpreters and interpreter issues.

Bad Baby Signs: Words No Infant Should Know! is our latest project-in-progress where you will find a laugh and a guffaw on every page.

Join us as we take a irreverent, in-depth, look at the wacky Baby Signs phenomenon and we set the whole cultural industry of "mini-ASL" on its bouncing baby head!

We are thrilled to announce we have online ASL courses you can take with us right now!

Here's a free online sample of how we teach Hardcore ASL in our books, workshops, in person and online: "Gosh, I found a bug in my soup, take it back!"

Click here for an "in process" look at our book, Hand Jive:  American Sign Language for Real Life" published by Barnes & Noble!

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