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LingoDeer - Learn Languages

App review by
Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media
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Access excellent activities to learn lots of languages.

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Educational Value

LingoDeer provides users with an opportunity to learn nine different foreign languages at the same time, using interactive games and activities that are repetitive to promote learning.

Ease of Play

Uses a similar, structured format when learning each language. Users should be proficient readers as there's a lot of educational content regarding pronunciation and grammar that must be read to be fully understood. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that LingoDeer is an education app that teaches nine different languages through the use of fun, interactive games and activities. Languages to learn within the app include Chinese, French, German, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese. There's a free seven-day trial, but afterwards it requires a subscription. Subscribers log in with their email into either the website or the app to access the learning content but can learn languages at their own pace, even if it's only 10 minutes per day. Note that, since the app isn't designed for kids, it collects information as it would for users 13 and up. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

LINGODEER is an educational app that provides users -- both kids and adults -- an opportunity to learn nine different languages. Some languages offered include multiple levels of learning. Languages offered include German (1,2), Japanese (1,2), Korean (1,2), Spanish (1,2), French (1,2), Chinese (1,2), Portuguese (1,2), Vietnamese and Russian. After choosing a language to learn, you select from a skill menu. The "Day Streak" icon shows the total time and days in a row you've used the app. The Alphabet section provides an introduction to pronunciation, as users tap and explore each letter to hear pronunciation, and a place to hear the alphabet sounds spoken by a native speaker. This section also includes information on vowels, pronunciations, and syllables that are specific to each language. 

Users progress through basic lessons in order and engage with languages through more targeted lessons organized by categories that include topics like color, number, food, occupation, health, education, music, sports, and more. Activities within each lesson include repetitive opportunities to learn and practice by choosing the proper vocabulary word from an illustration, hearing words and sentences, using the device's microphone to record their voice speaking it using the proper inflection and pronunciation, finding vocabulary words from a multiple-choice format, tapping letters or words in sequence to type out words or complete fill-in-the-blank answers, and watching videos. While many of the languages offer an opportunity to tap a keyboard or letters on the screen to create sentences, visual languages, such as Chinese, include additional learning opportunities to learn to write the corresponding symbols, using a step-by-step format. The paid, premium version of the app includes access to 2,000+ vocabulary words and phrases per language, as well as lesson tips, offline access, usage across multiple devices, a web version, and access to over 200 mini lessons. You can also customize audio speed, font size, background colors, and sound effects.

Is it any good?

If you're looking to learn a foreign language in a fun, stress-free way, that's not only interactive but informative, this app has you covered. No matter what the user's age, LingoDeer is an excellent language-learning experience, for kids and adults, as participants learn to read, write and speak any one of the nine languages included. For adults, the lessons are repetitive and easy to participate in successfully. There's a lot of additional information within the app on grammar, but it needs to be read and applied by the user on their own. Young kids using the app may benefit from the opportunity to complete the activities with a supervising parent. While $89.99 initially seems costly for a lifetime membership, given that there are 9 languages to choose from in the premium version of the paid app, LingoDeer users are paying roughly $10 per language learned, with the option to participate at their own pace without any time constraints, which can appeal to a wide variety of language learners.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how LingoDeer is a great way to learn a new language, together. While individuals can progress through the app and data like time spent learning can be monitored, with young children, parents may want to plan to schedule time to use the app and learn together to explain more challenging items. 

  • Are your kids learning to read and write a foreign language in high school or in college? LingoDeer may be a fun way to practice skill generalization and supplement their classroom learning with repetitive and interactive activities.

  • Planning on taking a vacation to a foreign country to use the language you are learning? Consider additional learning at home by researching videos, recipes, landmarks, attractions and other historical information from each country.

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For kids who love learning new languages

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