LingoDeer Giveaway! One of the best apps for learning a language!

Lingo DeerI mentioned how I’m learning Japanese in a previous post about learning languages. I have tried just about every app in existence to see which one works best and have finally found one I absolutely LOVE based on a recommendation from one of my customers: LingoDeer!  To celebrate this terrific find and thanks to LingoDeer’s generosity, I’m hosting a giveaway where 3 lucky winners will get a lifetime subscription to LingoDeer. Before I get to the giveaway details, I want to share the details of this terrific language-learning app!

LingoDeer currently features 9 different languages: Japanese, Korean, Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Vietnamese, and Russian. I was told that they are also going to add Italian this year and are open to adding other languages in the future when the right talent joins the team. LingoDeer is also committed to expanding and improving the languages they currently feature especially the Asian language courses.

The app was originally designed for Asian languages (and that continues to be the main focus), but when I use it to brush up on my German, it shines just as much as it does for Japanese!

Lingo Deer currently features 9 different languages.

Japanese hiragana

Learning any language can be difficult, but learning an Asian language (for an English speaker) is a bit more of a challenge (at least for me, lol). First, you have to learn an entirely new “alphabet.” In Japanese, this means you have to learn hiragana, katakana, and finally kanji.

Lingo Deer starts you out learning the basic alphabet with the proper stroke order for some of the languages like Japanese and Korean. With Japanese, LingoDeer teaches you the basic hiragana and katakana. Kanji are introduced as sight reading. but you can always have the option to see the phonetic hiragana (or the English letter based romaji) above the kanji to help you read.

Other languages in LingoDeer also start out with the alphabet, so you can learn any special characters or pronunciation. The Chinese lessons teach pinyin and a set of “survival” characters. I think LingoDeer alphabet lessons are the best for Korean and Japanese, but they are always working on making their app better and adding more features, so it’s possible the other languages will get the same level of introductory “alphabet” lessons.

After the optional alphabet section, you start the lessons. After trying a boat load of other apps, Lingo Deer turned out to be one of the BEST with just the right amount of difficulty, perfect lesson lengths that aren’t overwhelming, and grammar explanations to help further your understanding.

Lessons start out with optional learning tips. After you’ve completed a lesson, you can click on the stopwatch icon for a quick pop quiz to practice vocabulary and other concepts.

The exercises are varied to keep interest high and to help build retention and understanding. Some of the exercises are:

  • Match a picture to a spoken word
  • Match English to Japanese
  • Choose the correct translation
  • Fill in the blank
  • Drag and drop to spell words and create sentences
  • Multiple choice
  • Drag a phrase into the correct position in a sentence
  • Listen and choose the correct word
  • Speak and compare your pronunciation to a native speaker

In the screenshot below, you can’t just guess to get a correct answer! You have to build the sentence by dragging and dropping the correct hiragana and spell out every word.

I found this to be challenging at first, because with other programs I could just “guess” the correct answer by reading one or two words in a sentence. Having to spell out every word in an exercise like this really reinforces the material in a way that discourages cheating. 😉

When I was using other Japanese programs, I had a hard time differentiating between some of the basic grammar concepts. Lingo Deer has you learning things in context AND provides additional explanation, so you aren’t left guessing.

In the above screenshot, I can touch each word to see a detailed explanation. I can also press the microphone icon to record myself saying the sentence and then compare it to a native speaker. Unlike some apps, speaking is optional, so if you are in a quiet environment, you can still progress through the lessons without having to make a peep.

There is a review for each lesson so that you never forget what you’re learning. You can review grammar, vocabulary, or both at the same time. Review is also built into the lessons so that grammar and other things you learned from previous lessons are reinforced gently.

There is plenty of review. You can practice vocabulary and grammar individually via different modes.

Knowledge cards in the review section give you more info about grammar and structure:

Knowledge cards help you understand grammar and structure.

You can also download your lessons to work offline!

LingoDeer also features a progress chart, badges, awards, and a ranking system to stay motivated and to track your learning.

With other apps I sometimes felt frustrated during my language lessons, but LingoDeer leaves me feeling encouraged and happy with my progress. I also find myself retaining the lessons better than most other apps due to the lesson structure.

LingoDeer is available via Android or the Apple app store:

…And now I’d like to share LingoDeer with three of my readers via a giveaway:

THREE winners will get a LIFETIME subscription to LingoDeer!

Take a look at the gallery for more LingoDeer screenshots:


64 thoughts on “LingoDeer Giveaway! One of the best apps for learning a language!

  1. I don’t actually remember how I could out about you, it was a few years ago probably a recommendation on a fb post. I’d like to learn French with my youngest or Japanese.

  2. I learned about Guest Hope through a homeschool forum. I am interested in learning Korean and this app looks great!

  3. I found out about guest hollow when a friend told me about Chimistry in the kitchen. I’d like my kids to learn Spanish or Chinese.

  4. Found your blog via your grammar curriculum. My son wants to learn Japanese but I believe Spanish would be more useful 🙂

    • I probably would have thought the same thing when my kids were choosing languages to learn. My daughter ended up learning Japanese and an entire world of jobs and opportunities opened up for her! There seems to be a need for Japanese to English and English to Japanese translation in the business world and plenty of opportunities to teach English to Japanese students, etc. I’ve been really surprised at the need for Japanese speaking Americans! 😉

  5. I’ve followed GuestHollow for several years – love your book lists and honest reviews! My daughter wants to learn Japanese and this app looks so helpful!

  6. I found guesthollow originally I think through email. We have been using your curriculum for a while now and love it!! As for the language, we would be focusing on Chinese.

  7. This would be so helpful! My kids are working on learning Spanish since we live in Texas and have a strong Hispanic community here. Thank you for this!

  8. I learned about Guest Hollow on the WTM forum. I would love to have a go at Spanish. I’m currently using Duolingo and find it lacking.

  9. Wow. This sounds perfect for us. My daughter wants to learn Korean and my son wants to learn Japanese. I was at a loss about where to turn. Very excited to look into this app.

  10. Hmm, I’m not actually sure how I came across Guest Hollow, probably while searching for alternative chemistry curriculum. My daughter is currently learning Spanish, but she finds her curriculum dull and I’m looking to find a fun alternative for us.

  11. I learned about Guest Hope by facebook. I clicked on the web site and the rest is history. I think my kids would like the Spanish. Thank you for the giveaway.

  12. I learned about Guest Hollow last year and we have used it with google classroom in co op this year (Biology). Looking at History for next year maybe! I’d love to be better at Spanish!!!

  13. I’ve known about Guest Hollow for years, back when we were first going through Winterpromise stuff and I found her supplements. Not sure on language yet, either German, Spanish, French, or Russian.

  14. God led us to you guys in a Christian homeschool Facebook group! I have 3 that would probably all pick different languages to learn.

  15. I found Guesthollow through a recommendation on a homeschool Facebook group. My oldest daughter is studying Japanese and Korean with the hope that she’ll get into college in one of those countries. This app looks so much better than others that she has tried.

  16. I found your website ages ago while looking for literature-based curriculum suggestions. I’ve been wanting to teach my kids Spanish for a while now, but I don’t know it myself. This would really help me learn Spanish, and I may even check out some of the other languages as well.

  17. I found your site while researching literature-based curriculum. I’d like to learn Spanish in order to teach it to my children.

  18. This is similar to Duolingo, but I love the spelling out of the words. I’d love to improve my Spanish and also move on to other languages, maybe German.

  19. I found Guest Hollow years ago, can’t remember how, but I like to check in periodically. I have a student who wants to learn German and this app looks like it would be great help.

  20. This app looks wonderful! I’m interested in French or German, personally. However, Spanish is probably more practical and what my son would like best. I followed Guest Hollow several years ago. I believe to download something awesome you offered.

  21. I learned about guest hollow when I was looking for a high school anatomy curriculum. We want to learn German, and maybe some French.

  22. What a great review! I definitely want to give this one a try. We’ve used Duolingo in the past, but this looks like it might have some features Duolingo doesn’t. We love Guest Hollow curriculum (currently using Biology and Science of Seasons) and definitely value your thoughts about other programs out there.

  23. I learned about Guest Hollow through searching and homeschooling forums. I’d love this for my dd who is learning German, and I think it would be great to delve into other languages.

  24. I found out about Guest Hollow years ago when I was looking for material for geography and other subjects using living books. Then I got in contact with Guest Hollow years ago and exchanged about possibilities to use her material by the way great material and great site!!
    the app looks great! Years ago I started spanish when my son learned it at school but I couldn’t keep up so now I would like to get chance to learn it!

  25. I found out about Guest Hollow on a homeschool forum. My kids are learning Portuguese to talk with their cousins in Brazil, and I’d love to be able to keep that up!

  26. I found you from the It’s Not That Hard to Homeschool High School FB group when I was researching science options. To date, we own Bio, Nature, Geog, Chem, Am Hist 1 and will be doing Physics and Am Hist 2 next year. I would love to learn French!

  27. I learned about guest hollows on a Facebook homeschool group. I have a child wanting to learn Japanese so this looks perfect.

  28. This looks like a great addition to our language learning! My girl is working through Spanish and I’d love to work on mine along side her 🙂

  29. What an excellent and thorough re use! Very encouraging! We learned about GuestHollow from our local FB forum! I’d like to brush up on Spanish and learn German.

  30. Thank you for the opportunity to win this awesome resource! I have wanted to learn German for a very long time!

  31. I found Guest Hollow while searching for alternatives to Apologia for high school science. I would love to refresh my German.

  32. We have been using Guest Hollow for High School science for two years and American History for one year and love it! I found Guest Hollow through an internet search for science curricula. Our family has attempted to learn a German off and on, and I’d love to try this language app! Thanks for the giveaway!

  33. A friend told me about Guest Hollow. She was using the history curriculum. I fell in love with your anatomy courses. My daughter wants to learn German and I’m of little help even though I took two years in high school. Obviously, I need a refresher!

  34. I found guesthollow when I was searching for an alternative to the popular highschool science curriculum that ‘everybody’ I know uses. I asked about a literature based science and someone mentioned you. I’ve shared your site several times with others. 🙂 My son is teaching himself spanish and this looks like something that would give a little structure and organization to our random approach.

  35. I’m a WTM’er from back in the day & have been a Guest Hollow fan since it was Our Los Banos! Love following you all!

  36. I heard about Guest Hollow from a few other home school Facebook groups. I think we would use Lingodeer for Spanish.

  37. This looks great. My girls would love to learn Spanish and Chinese. Guest Hollow drew me in when I was looking for grammar options for our family.

  38. We found out about Guest Hollow on a homeschool Facebook page. Both of my kids used Guest Hollow for Bio..Loved it!

  39. A friend told me about Guest Hollow. My kids are interested in different languages, but probably Spanish, Chinese and possibly Japanese.

  40. I’ve enjoyed Guest Hollow’s resources for so many years I don’t remember where I learned about you. My children are learning Spanish.

  41. Hi there. I have know about Guest Hollow since before it was Guest Hollow. I started HS in 2000. I loved, used and recommended the Chronological History Shelf many many times. The past few years as my kiddos got a bit older I added in science. Know I am using the Language Arts with my last 2. Thinking about adding Anatomy next year for them. So, this year we are running Physics, Biology, The History Shelf and Beowulf Language Arts.

    I would choose Japanese. All 3 of my children at home love anime and practice some Japanese here and there. My oldest asked to do Japanese for his HS foreign language. This may be very timely.

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