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Teacher Overview

LingoDeer is an interactive, language-learning app that covers Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese. The app allows you to interact with the above languages in a structured and contextualised way, which the users can follow at their own pace and according to their own ability level.  Through self-study, these lessons and the subsequent review exercises focus on reading, listening, and writing skills to gradually reveal key terms, linguistic structures and rules.

Teacher Review

LingoDeer is a well-presented app with a clearly organised selection of everyday and precise topics aimed at gradually raising your familiarity with a new language.  The app covers many Asian, as well as European, languages, in which you are taught and explore prescribed sub-topics with attached ‘reviews’ and ‘tests’ to ensure retention and understanding.  As a piece of software, it offers relevant, immediate learning that can, later, be refined to suit your own needs and interests.  And, as I have previously mentioned, thanks to the supplementary consolidation activities, you will ensure that new vocabulary and structures are being retained and implemented.  A constant Internet connection is required and should you want the full scope of the app; yet, you can get around this by downloading activities in advance and, then, syncing them when you later have an Internet connection.

From the start-up screen, users will register with LingoDeer and, subsequently, the user can easily choose his/her language pairs for study.  Following this, your start-up screen boasts thorough introductions to target-language alphabet systems to help build a solid foundation from which to approach the subsequent study areas.

LingoDeer divides its lessons into different contextualised topics, such as Family, Numbers, Food, and Health, to more complex Grammar structures.  However, as I have said, each language has the option of starting with the Alphabet.  While this is not necessary with all the language pairings (dependent upon your receptor language), it can prove very useful for those languages scripts with which you may be unfamiliar.  The alphabet section is comprehensive, taking in-depth looks at the pronunciation, including word stress, exceptions, explanations, and forming sounds, with the option to click on specific words to hear the pronunciation.

From here – or from the outset, if you prefer – you will move on to the topic-based units.  I like the way that each language has a slightly different order so to not replicate topics across all languages and, in fact, LingoDeer differentiates the content according to the language that they are teaching.  For example, the Spanish and Chinese courses teach different foods that would be more culturally relevant within each language.

From a beginner’s standpoint, in my opinion, it is better to follow the ordered sequence as dictated by the app, despite that it may not appear the most practical for your needs, e.g. you will learn various fruits in Russian before learning “hello” and “goodbye”.  On the whole, whether this is a negative will be down to your own personal preference.  The lessons are taught by completing multiple types of exercise: matching pictures to words, multiple choice, removing words that don’t belong, filling in the blank, to ordering and writing sentences.  In each scenario, the questions start out simplistically before growing in complexity of content and skills required

Overall, there are a good number of topic-based units – yet you will need a paid subscription to access them all – with each unit containing between 2-5 micro-lessons.  These micro lessons are often preceded by introductory ‘Learning Tips’, which, typically, elucidate the grammar or syntax relevant to what is being studied.  Often, digital language-learning resources will ignore grammar for ease and fluency of content.  However, LingoDeer includes clear and concise explanations and examples to help make things as clear as possible, should the user feel inclined to review it.  Additionally, some languages include a story to conclude units, which consists of a short video with captions.  It is somewhat related to the individual units but sometimes takes things further.  In the ‘Reading’ option, there are comprehension questions that go with the story.  For ‘Speaking’, you will record yourself recounting the story and submit your recording to a leader board to receive likes from other users.  In the end, you can listen to yourself telling the whole story.

On having completed a series of the topics you, then, can choose to ‘Test Out’.  This, essentially, will review all previous context by completing exercises in a random order across reading, listening, and writing skills.  To ensure that you truly know the content you are limited to just three mistakes before you will have to restart the test. 

If you are not a complete beginner, you can jump ahead in the course by ‘testing out’ of previous content. Many of these ‘Tests Out[s]’ are unlocked from the beginning; however, beyond a certain point, you have to ‘test out’ of the units in the order according to the app.  Consequently, if you seek more advanced linguistic structures, you may have to complete three or four of these ‘tests’ before you can access the level pertinent to your needs.  In truth, this is only a minor inconvenience, as the ‘Test Out[s]’ are not majorly time consuming; yet the possibility to refine content specifically according to your ability may be a future area for consideration by the developers.

The premise of this app is that of repetitive reinforcement of learning – not dissimilar to how you would learn your own language – by regularly interacting with vocabulary and structures, the user will gradually develop competence and understanding.  Obviously, this premise of independent learning requires the user to regularly review what has been previously studied and LingoDeer does this well.  One option, similar to flashcards, will see you hear a sentence.  Then, you can show the answer which includes both languages.  Depending on how well you remembered the material, you can grade it as either “weak”, “good”, or “perfect”.  More comprehensive is the “5-Min Quiz”, where the exercises are very similar to those previously completed.  Finally, you can also choose to review either strictly ‘vocabulary’ or ‘grammar’, which – by necessity – will include some vocabulary element. 

From an educator’s perspective, the relevant and clearly presented content means that this represents a very useful addition to the language learning classroom, with context-based vocabulary showcased in entertaining, engaging, and varied ways.  The progress retention and personalised vocabulary storing allow for language-learning that is real and geared towards learners as individuals.  The audio is recorded clearly and by native speakers and, all in all, LingoDeer is a good looking, well-designed app.  The range and variety of exercise types are appropriate in that they are well-rotated and suitably engage and motivate learners.  The ‘Learning Tips’ of clearly-explained grammar is a stand-out part of the app and will be appreciated by any user who really begins to seek an in-depth knowledge of grammar rules governing a language.  And finally, the ‘review’ opportunities are effective and sufficiently challenging at the same time.  There are some potential areas for improvement, however.  Firstly, the order of certain topics and the vocabulary lists used within some of these topics can appear unusual and irrelevant to what some users may want.  Yet the vast majority of lessons are appropriate and well-structured that fit well together.  One example is the words “robot” and “lawyer” appearing as part of a basic Spanish lesson.  Secondly, although the Speaking elements are novel, supportive, and engaging, they may not be sufficient for improving speaking skills.  In many of the speaking exercises on LingoDeer, you will repeat ad verbum the phrases shown to you, but this will not be enough to trully develop your oral skills and there is little or no feedback on what you have recorded, beyond a ‘like’ from other users in the community.

In conclusion, as a supportive app for initial language-learning or specific vocabulary and/or grammar rule reinforcement, it does represent an engaging and motivating piece of software, with varied and relevant exercises.  LingoDeer is suited for most genre of user, with the potential of this app being what you make of it; yet those aspiring for genuine fluency and spontaneity in the language may find that this app does not go far enough.  From a personal perspective, I hope to integrate this app into my own classroom, yet as an accompaniment to the curriculum, rather than it being formally embedded.  The real benefit will be seen in having more junior learners frequently accessing it and completing activities in their own time.

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Developer Description

Learn Japanese, Korean and Mandarin Chinese in these languages:
- English
- Spanish
- German
- French
- Japanese
- Korean

Korean Hangul, Japanese Hiragana or Kanji, or Chinese Mandarin Pinyin made easy! LingoDeer is made for learners from outside of Asia and new to its mysterious and beautiful languages. Learning your favorite Asian language(s) within one app is now a dream come true.

Designed by a team of professional language teachers, the interactive lessons and review exercises will train your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills in just 10 minutes a day.

Features:
◉ Thorough introductions to Japanese / Korean / Chinese Mandarin alphabet systems that build a solid foundation for successful independent learning

◉ Off the grid? In the sky? No problem! Take learning anywhere with the offline mode for free!

◉ 2,000 most frequently used words and phrases in each course (JLPT N5, TOPIK 1 and HSK 1-3 covered)

◉ Pleasant and authentic recordings from native speakers that are crystal clear

◉ Detailed grammar notes that explain how the language works

◉ Varied and innovative exercise modes that target different skills

◉ Japanese learning is available in Kana, Kanji and Romaji; Korean learning is available in Hangul and romanized letters; Chinese learning is available in Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese and Pinyin

◉ Built-in flashcard review system that helps one memorize new words and selectively reinforces skill points

PLEASE NOTE:
You will need a LingoDeer membership in order to access all courses and features. LingoDeer member offers:
Monthly subscription for
Three-Month Subscription for
Annual subscription for

More information about the subscription:
- The above prices are for U.S. customers. Pricing in other countries may vary, and changes may be converted to your local currency depending on your country of residence.
- Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
- Your iTunes Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal
- Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase
- Any unused portion of a free trial period will be forfeited when you purchase a subscription.

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