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Lingodeer is an app made for learning languages on your phone. It features short and comprehensible lessons on several languages, using English as the basic one. If you download Lingodeer and give it just 15 minutes a day, you will suddenly realize once that you do speak the language you learn!
The first impression the app leaves is something counter-intuitive. Menus are too sophisticated. Even the most basic operations (like logging in or viewing your stats) are placed somewhere illogical. The pictures are also rather rough, though they are comprehensible enough to select the word or the phrase to describe one.
When it comes to audio phrases in the language you learn, though, it’s okay. The samples are recorded clear, correct, with perfect pronunciation. It’s even better when you have your headset on.
Menu and Features 9/10
With Lingodeer, assuming you speak English, you can enjoy courses in French, Spanish. Portuguese, German, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese. Vice versa, you can learn English if you speak any of these above. The lessons are organized the way most apps of this sort offer. First, you are shown new words, then grammar lessons, then the app shows you examples and offers simple exercises to practice what you have learned. Each lesson is based on previous ones and enriched with new words and grammar elements.
Lingodeer offers both written phrases you are to read and spoken ones you are to type in or translate into another language. This way is practiced in other apps as well, but it means it works. There are even some options missing in other apps, like Duolingo. For example, you can play the audios at 0.8x speed if you’re missing something at the normal tempo. Lingodeer also displays stats after a lesson, so you can see where you went wrong and pay attention to the points you miss.
There is a flashcard system built in. With it, you can practice wherever you are, focus on the hardest elements until you make it, and personalize your course.
The menus are not organized in the best way when it comes to lessons. They don’t just follow each other; the app has a special tab for lessons, and it seems too complicated, especially for beginners. On the other hand, it is all clear when you enter a lesson.
Of course, this one is aiming for training practical skills, but it results in lacking theory. If your intentions towards a foreign language are serious, you better get yourself a textbook on theory, explaining grammar where Lingodeer only offers examples. This is a common flaw, though; other 15-minute apps also lack theory.
Any Glitches? 9/10
We experienced no glitches while testing it with Spanish, Japanese, and Korean. It plays audios well and shows non-English characters correctly, no matter if they are of Latin or Oriental origins. Other users, though, complain of losing their progress or app crashing.
Device Compatibility 9/10
The app is available for Android and iOS, and it works well on rather dated devices. Given that it requires iOS 9.0 or Android 4.3, it covers all the devices from 2013 and on. You can only sync your progress across devices, though, with a Premium account.
As the developers highlight Asian languages, like Chinese, Korean, or Japanese, it makes no sense to complain of missing Arabic, Turkish, or Hebrew: there are other apps for these. But it’s a shame the app doesn’t check whether you pronounce the words right.
- Free courses
- Some theory provided (though too briefly)
- Lifetime or monthly subscription for more options
- Two-way language pairs
- Low system requirements and few glitches
- No pronunciation checking
- Middle Eastern languages not supported
- Cross-device syncing requires Premium