Passive Language Learning is now FREE!


All you have to do is become a Patreon supporter of Katja of DFE and it will be available along with other learning resources that Katja provides via a DropBox folder.

This is my way of thanking the support from Katja and the DFE community!
You are the best!

what is it?

This is a language audio program, which, unlike other ones, separates vocabulary from grammar. Is it not easier to learn to play one hand of the piano before adding the other? It contains over 600 common words, spoken by a native German, so you learn the correct pronunciation (but keep in mind that even in Germany the accent between Germans differs from region to region).


How do I use it?

Select the respective tracks of the words you would like to learn.

  1. On the first listen each of these tracks, look at the German spelling (in the title of each track). You only need to do this once every now and again.
  2. Play each word on repeat by itself for a few minutes.
  3. Now play all of the words you have selected to learn for this session on repeated shuffle.
  4. After a while, when you have moments to listen more actively, say the translation of the word during the pauses.

The more often you listen to the words repeat, the easier it will be to trigger the German translation of those words.

The fewer the total number of words you are playing per session, the easier it will be to remember the words from that session. Add more words as you become more familiar with the words.


Additional Information

Before each word, where appropriate, “a” or “the” will be spoken to help aid in memorising the gender of each word. Below is table to help identify these.

The A
In German Sounds Like In German Sounds Like
Neutral Das Duhs
Male Der Dee-Ah Ein Ah-in
Female Die Dee Eine Ah-in-ah


What’s next, after this audio program?

You have multiple options (to keep the learning passive):

  1. Watch your favourite movies in German. Alternate between English subtitles and German subtitles.
  2. Listen to German songs. Here's a list of German bands by Katja of DFE (German lessons on YouTube).
  3. Meet some Germans locally and practice with them! When foreigners visit a new country, they generally want to meet new people (that could be you!). There are many regular social events promoted on the Couchsurfing website that are specifically arranged for travellers to meet locals and other travellers.
  4. Actually visit Germany. However, I do recommend expanding your vocabulary further before jumping into this. Then again, many English-speakers have managed to travel to Europe without ever learning the language, given that so many Europeans are multilingual.

If you decide to take a language course (which I recommend doing eventually if you are serious), then you will get through it much faster, now that you have been exposed to the language through passive learning. Although, many foreigners have told me that they learnt more English during the few weeks that they spent in an English speaking country than during the years they spent learning in school.