I have always been interested in foreign languages as I am exposed to different nationalities and cultures. Language intrigues me because it can be learned inside and outside a classroom.
Now, it is even possible to learn a new language through my phone because of mobile apps. I trust the LingoDeer app whenever I want to learn a language because it provides structured, clear, and motivational instructions for fluency.
Discover how I read, speak, and write Korean using the LingoDeer app. Learn the other languages offered in the app and its features below.
- Introducing the LingoDeer App
- LingoDeer’s Grammar-Based Curriculum Structure
- Starting with the LingoDeer App
- Learning a New Language with a Strategic Pacing
- Enjoying the Gamified Lessons on LingoDeer
- Mastering the Chosen Language on LingoDeer
Introducing the LingoDeer App
As someone closely working with people from different backgrounds and nationalities, I always want to learn more about their culture, especially the language. Every time they teach me a new word from their language, it excites me.
This excitement led to me fully committing myself to learn their language. Since I cannot afford to spend time attending classes physically, I resorted to another popular method for learning a new language—a mobile app.
It has been a while since I started using the LingoDeer app to guide me in my language learning journey. I trusted LingoDeer even if it is relatively new as it was just released in September 2017. The app provides a clear path to language fluency.
LingoDeer has an expert-approved structured curriculum with clear explanations of grammar. Thus, I do not only acquire vocabulary or learn how to write, read, and speak those words, but I can now form sentences in a foreign language.
Checking the Available Languages on LingoDeer
When I discovered the LingoDeer app, I knew it was going to fit my interests because all the languages I am interested in are available on the app. LingoDeer offers courses designed for any English speakers, native or not.
Through the LingoDeer app, I can learn any foreign languages including the following: Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Italian, and Russian.
LingoDeer assesses the knowledge of its users to know the level accordingly. The app offers different levels for each language, A1-B1, which is beginner to intermediate. I find this crucial because the app matches the degree of difficulty with my knowledge.
LingoDeer’s Grammar-Based Curriculum Structure
As I mentioned, I liked the app because the end goal of each course is for its users to learn, construct, and read sentences in a foreign language. This goal is backed up by the grammar-based structure of the LingoDeer curriculum.
LingoDeer emphasizes grammar because it aims to teach languages as a whole and not just their separate parts. LingoDeer understands that grammar is generally considered one of the most difficult aspects of a language to learn.
Thus, the team wants to make the users do not just settle with learning the vocabulary or reading the alphabet of the foreign language. LingoDeer aims to challenge us by emphasizing grammar alongside its vocabulary.
According to the team, it is important to understand the foreign language’s grammar because learning a new language without deeply comprehending its underlying principles and structure is just like building a house without blueprints.
Installing the LingoDeer App
After checking the principles behind the LingoDeer curriculum, I immediately installed the app. I felt that even though I was not inside a classroom or enrolled in a formal class, I knew I would learn a foreign language comprehensively.
The LingoDeer app is free to download from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. However, in-app purchase items and subscriptions are available to access several courses.
The multilingual pass on the app costs $14.99 per month, $79.99 per year, and $159.99 for lifetime access.
Starting with the LingoDeer App
The LingoDeer app welcomed me with an option whether I already have an account or want to create a new one. To sign in on LingoDeer, users must enter their duly registered email and password.
It is important to create an account on the app so that users will not lose progress on their language course. To create an account on LingoDeer, I may use either my Google or Facebook accounts.
After creating an account, the app asks me which foreign language I want to learn on LingoDeer. There are several levels for each language. For example, Korean has four courses: Korean 1, Korean 2, Fluent Korean, and Travel Phrasebook.
Exploring the App’s Home Page
The app uses the freemium model, wherein I can freely use the features for accessing the courses. However, I am limited to one language at a time for the free version. I have to get a multilingual pass to access several foreign languages simultaneously.
When I started, I only enjoyed the free version. The app uses the chosen language as the Home page with the course path that I need to finish to progress in learning the language. LingoDeer provided clear topics I had to learn, such as the alphabet, phrases, common questions, etc.
The course is found on the Learn tab on the Home page. Meanwhile, I can challenge myself with several test questions on the Review tab. The two other tabs are Membership (for premium users) and Me (which contains my profile and progress).
Learning a New Language with a Strategic Pacing
I can immediately check how structured the language learning process is on the LingoDeer app because the topics are arranged purposefully. According to the team, the app’s lesson plans are expertly designed to pace according to the users’ capabilities.
Interestingly, the app is made to introduce grammatical devices gradually along the way. The transitions on each topic have clear connections, making learning more cohesive. After I finish a specific topic, I know that it will be used in the next topic for review and retention.
Moreover, the design of the topics is meant to help the users to master the natural speech patterns of the chosen language.
This means it matches the learning speed or pacing of the users so that it will not be difficult for us to keep up with the new information that we get.
Utilizing LingoDeer’s Learning Tips
This strategic pacing is done alongside effective learning tips. I liked that LingoDeer provides easy-to-understand grammar study notes every time I start a new module, which gives me an overview of what to expect.
In addition, the study notes let me understand the context and the other things related to the module to fully comprehend the topic. These study notes are in the form of concise and intuitive cards, which are best for future reference.
Enjoying the Gamified Lessons on LingoDeer
Aside from the strategic pacing of lessons, the LingoDeer app makes it more fun to learn the chosen languages with its gamified lessons and reviews. I liked that each lesson is designed as if it is a game that I need to successfully finish to get to the next level.
Each lesson has a series of engaging games and quizzes for easier retention of the topic. LingoDeer relies on the idea that the gamification of learning will tap on the right side of the users’ brain for a more creative and effective learning experience.
Gamification of lessons also boosts my inner competitive spirit, which pushes me to continuously do well to finish the course quickly. The app ranks the users based on the number of topics mastered in a week. It also displays the leaderboard in my Profile.
Keeping Track of My Learning Progress
LingoDeer believes that showing users’ progress in learning a new language will push us to be more motivated to finish the language course. Thus, I can easily find my progress on my chosen language course on the Me tab.
My profile shows how many topics I have finished and mastered so far and how far I am in finishing the entire language course. Besides the percentage, I can also check my streak in days of continuously learning something new in the app.
There is also a graph on how many topics I have finished on a specific day in a week. It also includes my ranking on the weekly leaderboard.
Mastering the Chosen Language on LingoDeer
The courses of each language already contain parts to assess my mastery of the chosen languages. It means that LingoDeer integrated modules on the chosen language course to test out what I have learned so far.
If I fail to pass the test, I cannot proceed to the next module or topic. I will be forced to go back to the module wherein I had difficulty reviewing the lesson and try to test my mastery again if everything is clear.
Aside from the integrated tests on the course, LingoDeer offers a review that focuses on assessing my language proficiency. There is a five-minute quiz wherein I will be asked different questions about the topics I have finished on the course.
I can also check my mastery level in terms of vocabulary and grammar as the app provides the number of items that I should have learned in the course.
Customizing My Learning Experience
Another thing I liked about the LingoDeer app is that it allows me to customize my language learning experience through the Settings menu on the Me tab. First, I can customize the script style, especially if the chosen language has a unique writing and alphabet like Korean (Hangul).
There are also voice pack options to suit the users’ preference if they want to be guided by either male or female voice. I can also set a daily alarm to remind me that it is study time on LingoDeer.
Lastly, I can choose if I want the app to have sound effects and animations that may affect the gamification of the topics.
The LingoDeer app offers several foreign language courses for English speakers, wherein the curriculum is based on learning grammar. The app wants the learning experience of the users to be fun as there is a gamification of the lessons.