A look at an extraordinary woman and her extraordinary learning methods.
Vera F. Birkenbihl - "The clearer the objective, the clearer the success."
Do you still remember foreign language lessons from your school days and the associated vocabulary cramming? Did you find it so annoying that you are afraid to learn a new language today? Then you will be happy to hear that there are other learning approaches that will save you the trouble of learning by heart. Among other things, Vera F. Birkenbihl has developed a method with which one can learn languages in a playful and informal way.
Read the following article to learn more about Vera. F. Birkenbihl and her learning methods.
Vera F. Birkenbihl the person
The daughter of management consultant and personnel trainer Michael Birkenbihl, Vera F. Birkenbihl was born in Munich in 1946. She studied psychology and journalism in the USA after finishing school. Since 1969, among other things, she has developed her so-called "brain-friendly" learning method and introduced it to the general public.
She gave her first lectures and seminars in the USA from 1970. After her return to Europe she became a freelance trainer and author.
An unconventional thinker provides conversational fodder
Vera F. Birkenbihl, of whose private life little is known, suffered from Asperger's syndrome, which is a mild form of autism. She said herself: “I'm neuronally slow. It is extremely difficult for me to learn new things.” Even if Asperger’s patients are often classified as highly gifted, it is understandable why she developed methods for "brain-friendly" learning when she found it so difficult to learn and had difficulties with conventional learning approaches.
“Brain-friendly" learning, which is based on an associative connection of the neglected right hemisphere of the brain with the left hemisphere, became Birkenbihl's trademark.
Under the term "brain-friendly" she collected learning and teaching methods that can be helpful not only in language learning. The main focus is on applications that accommodate the natural working and functioning of the human brain.
These learning methods make sense above all if one follows Birkenbihl's criticism of the "stupid" school and learning system. Informal and playful learning without rigid cramming according to fixed rules correspond to the ideal ideas of Vera F. Birkenbihl.
According to the Birkenbihl method, the subject matter and the associated teaching or learning methods should ideally be adapted to the learner and his or her personal requirements and demands. Stubborn memorization and repetition for hours is not the goal. Of course you can learn a foreign language in this way. But will it be remembered for a long time to come? How much else do you know about memorized material from school? Probably not quite as much as you once did.
Do you have a brain? Then use it!
Since Vera F. Birkenbihl dealt intensively with the function of the brain and its mode of operation, she challenged her participants in her seminars to change from "brain owners" to "brain users". The topic of playful knowledge transfer and the corresponding learning strategies (NLLS = Non-Learning Learning Strategies), which is intended to make practical work easier for both learners and teachers, was the focus of her work right up to the end.
An important aspect, which Birkenbihl takes up again and again, is for example the fact that the brain processes images much faster than exclusively spoken words. This is one reason why she liked to present her learning methods visually.
It is also much easier to build on new knowledge that you have already learned. You just have to do it skillfully and keep your brain fit enough to be able to query your knowledge in a targeted manner. As a tip Birkenbihl has a simple yet varied suggestion to rummage through our "inner archives": Why not just play city - country - river again!
Birkenbihl, who was considered one of the inventors of infotainment, also coined the term "brain management"; another learning technique.
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Vera F. Birkenbihl - a woman with many interests
Vera F. Birkenbihl had a broad spectrum of knowledge and interests.
For example, she developed strategies for communication, success and stress management and dealt intensively with the topic of personality development. With the help of seminars, books and lectures she brought these to the public.
But also areas such as creativity, future viability, viruses of the mind, differences between men and women, success training and strategies, psychology and much more interested Birkenbihl. You can take a look at her most popular presentations under the following links:
Birkenbihl made a name for herself with her books "Erfolgstraining - schaffen Sie sich Ihre Wirklichkeit selbst", "Stroh im Kopf?", "Kommunikationstraining", "Der Birkenbihl-Power-Tag" and "Freude durch Stress”. By the year 2000, her print, audio and video publications had a total circulation of more than two million copies. A remarkable result.
Vera F. Birkenbihl has published more than 30 non-fiction books and numerous DVDs on which you can follow her seminars.
Success cannot be accidental
While Birkenbihl could already be seen in 1999 as an expert in the series "Alpha - Perspectives for the Third Millennium" on BR-alpha, in 2004 she presented her learning methods to a larger audience within the scope of the self-produced series "Kopfspiele" on Bavarian Radio.
Vera F. Birkenbihl also wrote regularly requested articles for the Frankfurter Allgemeine;and the Harvard Business Manager .
After 35 years of practical experience, Birkenbihl was regarded as a recognized learning trainer who was also in demand internationally. Educational institutions and representatives of banks, insurance companies and other economic sectors were regarded as top-class clients.
With "Birkenbihl on Management. Irren ist menschlich - managen auch" Vera F. Birkenbihl brought a seminar book to market, which specifically addressed executives from business, administration and politics.
In 2008 she was inducted into the "Hall of Fame - German Speakers Association", which was followed in 2010 by the "Coaching Award" for "Special Services and Merits".
Vera F. Birkenbihl died in 2011 at the age of 65 as a result of pulmonary embolism. However, her method remains immortal! With Linguajet you can learn languages with the Birkenbihl method - in Vera F. Birkenbihl's sense: brain-friendly.
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