The Birkenbihl Language Learning Method

Vera Birkenbihl was a German bestselling author and creator of the Birkenbihl Language Learning Method. She developed a “brain-friendly” and creative learning method that became very popular in the 80’s, especially because she distanced herself from conventional learning methods and avoided any kind of drilling in vocabulary.

The method consists of four steps:

  1. Decoding the source text, which consists of translating the text word for word whilst keeping the original syntaxis of the foreign language.
  2. Active listening of the source text while actively reading the word for word translation.
  3. Passive listening of the source text in the background while carrying out daily activities
  4. Speaking, reading and writing


Sofia Absenger-Bustamante was born in Mexico City in 1974. At the age of 18 she moved to Austria where she studied Business Administration and Translation Studies. From an early age she was very passionate about languages and different cultures. In 2009 she discovered the Birkenbihl method and had the opportunity to learn this method directly from Vera Birkenbihl who also certified her as official Birkenbihl trainer. Since then she has been using this method successfully to teach languages. In 2019 she founded Quality Translation OG, a company based in Graz, together with her business partner. The company specializes in translation and interpretation services. She is also author of several books and a tutor at the University of Graz, Austria.


Language: English

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January 28th, 2021 7:30 PM   to   9:00 PM
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