"Marty Elcan and Bob Hiltermann see the Signs"
"We set out to make Sign Language FUN, and with Bob, no idea was too zany to explore..."
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER:
"'Shut Up and Sign' speaks to audiences 10 and up."
"All three members of the rock band 'Beethoven's Nightmare' are deaf..."
"Director Martha Elcan spreads the beauty of Sign Language with 'Shut Up and Sign' DVD's"
"It's been a tradition at the Toluca Lake Christmas Open House for a wonderful lady to spread the beauty of sign language..."
"New Sign Language DVD's 'Shut Up and Sign'"
"Elcan first studied sign language almost 30 years ago,.."
"There are many Sign Language DVDs on the market, but the approach employed here by deaf educator and performer Bob Hiltermann is clever as well as very funny. He appears as himself and as other characters and in the process holds the attention of the viewer while making sign language a very logical, easy skill to comprehend and use...the camera work is sharp, and the settings vary. These videos are suitable for individual or classroom instruction and are entertaining enough to engage both children and adults. Even the outtakes are little lessons in sign language. VERDICT: With its catchy title, this series is a real find. An approachable, entertaining, and effective course in fingerspelling and sign language. Highly recommended for school and public libraries."
NATIONAL PARENTING CENTER'S SEAL OF APPROVAL:
"This set of DVD's is entertaining, engaging, educational and very effective. Testers told us how their children sat, watched, practiced and frequently returned to either watch something new or to go over something they had already seen so that they could correct or perfect their technique. This is not stictly a 'kid thing'; many adults told us that they were equally engaged and interested in learning this new language."
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:
"Deaf actor Bob Hiltermann stars in this very entertaining and instructive series for American Sign Language (ASL) learners. His approach is perfect for advanced beginners and for those who have taken an ASL course or two, as well as a wonderful treat for beginners. His method of practicing common words and phrases in natural surroundings is classic and effective...The videography is playful and engaging. Hiltermann addresses Deaf etiquette...he peppers each lesson with ASL grammer...He integrates these advanced skills seamlessly by using large doses of humor. Each volume culminates with a signed song, an effective and fun way to review the content and learn more signs. "
L.A. PARENT MAGAZINE:
"Shut Up and Sign teaches American Sign Language to children in an entertaining and engaging way. Hiltermann is funny and charming, but most importantly, he signs in a way that is easy for students to follow and learn. Practical phrases are covered in each signing episode, culminating with a fun song that invites viewers to sign along... "