LingoDeer Vs Duolingo: Which One Is Better?

Ling Learn Languages
5 min readOct 12, 2020

When it comes to language learning apps, almost everyone has heard of Duolingo. However, there are other options like LingoDeer available on the market. Let’s find out which one is better.

LingoDeer Vs Duolingo: Languages You Can Learn

In this category, I think Duolingo is better. For starters, Duolingo has a much larger selection of languages you can learn.

On LingoDeer, you can learn:

  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

On Duolingo, you can learn all of the languages listed above, plus:

  • Arabic
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Greek
  • Hawaiian
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Irish
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Romanian
  • Scottish Gaelic
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Welsh

On Duolingo, you can also learn Esperanto, Klingon, and High Valyrian, which are not technically real languages. Also, Duolingo is constantly adding new language courses. For example, Hungarian, Navajo, and Finnish are currently being developed. So, if you want to learn a language that LingoDeer doesn’t offer, Duolingo is clearly the better choice.

LingoDeer Vs Duolingo: Pros and Cons For Each One



LingoDeer Vs Duolingo: Which One Is Better For Beginners?

While Duolingo is better for dabblers and beginners, Lingodeer is the better option for people with set goals. For students of Mandarin, LingoDeer’s algorithm can determine whether a student’s pronunciation is on point or off the mark. Unfortunately, this option doesn’t appear to be available for the remaining languages. However, for a tonal language like Mandarin, this is an extremely useful feature, although it’s not without some minor bugs. (Words deliberately mispronounced were deemed correct, and vice versa.)

LingoDeer’s method of learning reinforces the student’s memory better and makes them more likely to retain what they have learned. However, someone who has trouble staying with a difficult task may find that Duolingo is easier and therefore, better for them. Duolingo has made a lot of changes to make themselves easier for “casual” learners and has sacrificed some of the material that actually helps a student retain the material. However, it’s not impossible to learn with either one and what’s better will ultimately be up the individual student. So I would suggest trying both and see which one you like better.

The progression of Lingodeer is also much better. A great deal of thought is put into matching vocabulary with grammar, so that (as an example) you’re learning how to do comparatives at the same time as animals which means that you can naturally construct sentences which use both (“The lion is faster than the elephant.”) As opposed to the Duolingo method which focuses on one or the other, with the result being you learn vocab in simple sentences and you learn grammar in sentences that don’t make much sense (“The baby is giving the dress to the cat.”)

Is Lingodeer Really Better Then Duolingo For Learning Asian Languages?

Most people say that Lingodeer is definitely a better option then Duolingo if you want to learn languages from Asia.

I don’t know about Chinese, Korean, or Vietnamese, but I can verify 100% that LingoDeer is better than Duolingo for learning the Japanese language. Not only does it have more content, but it also lets you toggle between kanji, kana, and rōmaji, so you can learn how to read actual Japanese (Duolingo technically teaches you all three, but is seriously lacking in kanji), and it lets you skip the alphabet lessons if you already know them.

With a hand on my heart, I can say that LingoDeer is way better for Japanese than Duolingo.

The only thing I can think of that’s better for Duolingo is that, in the online version, every question has a discussion section, which can be nice. In general, though, I maintain my point.

LingoDeer Vs Duolingo: Responsiveness To User Complains

As I already said in my Lingvist Vs Duolingo Review, I really don’t like the fact that Duolingo is trying to do too much to give all the options in the world to its users. Sure, it’s nice to have both, a smartphone app and the web app. But, I think that is the main reason Duolingo doesn’t try harder to fix bugs based on user’s complaints. I have sent many reports about the bug on the app and the desktop version in the past year but never received any response from their side… Bay the way, bugs I reported back then are still there. I also experienced Duolingo app breaks (sometimes temporarily and sometimes permanently).

But there is one pretty big difference in Lingodeer’s favor in this field. Responsiveness to users’ complain is on a high level when talking about LingoDeer. You can just go on their Facebook page and send them a message about that exact complaint you have and you will probably get a response within 24–48 hours. LingoDeer’s team will mull it over and consider implementing it. LingoDeer prides itself as being an app made by the community for the community and is incredibly receptive to feedback. In my personal experience, the really are since they have responded to every single suggestion I have tossed to them. What’s more, I have even seen a fair few of those suggestions implemented in real-time.

LingoDeer as a language learning app is VERY new. Having that in mind and the fact that Duolingo is most definitely not perfect, many people consider using LingoDeer instead. I suggest you to use both of them since each of them has its advantages in different aspects. So, Duolingo can take the good from Lingodeer and on top of the good, it already has to be quite competitive. But there is a few pretty big difference in Lingodeer’s favor as well.

I also add Ling App’s courses on the side for building vocabulary, which might be something to consider.



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