Since we're talking about Japanese resources, I want to put a word in for the Lingodeer app. Tofugu gave it a fairly enthusiastic review last year (, and later on it made their "Best of 2017" list.

I haven't tried to test out of anything (tofugu says you can't), so I have started pretty much from scratch. Still, going through the lessons is quite entertaining and varied, even if it is content you are familiar with. Also there are kanji for everything. (I went into the settings and disabled romaji, so my current setting is "hiragana, kanji". If you want to, you can disable hiragana, too.) I also like that they have a brief but informative grammar explanation before each unit.

So, if you're looking for more resources, this is worth trying out.

March 14, 2018


I love Lingodeer!! I personally have gotten a lot out of it. I loved that I could set everything to Kanji/kana only for Japanese. The lessons are well rounded, and they now have stories at the end of most groups, That part is still in beta but it is really helpful so far! You absolutely can test out of lessons in Lingodeer, but it isn't done for each group of lessons, rather it is similar to Duolingo where you can do the shortcut and test out of multiple groups at once. I use it for Japanese, Chinese and Korean and I am very happy with it!

I see what happened re testing out: they didn't have it when tofugu first reviewed the app but they added it later because users wanted it. I'm sort of glad I didn't attempt to test out: I learned all kinds of vegetable names in the process, plus I too really like the stories - and I think those only exist in the earlier lessons for now?

I love it! I've been using it for 3 weeks now. I'll most likely use genki and bunpro after.

Since we're talking about Japanese resources....

Were you reading my RoTD from yesterday? Yeah, LingoDeer works beautifully, I use it for Mandarin Chinese (revision) and Korean (learning)

This is amazing, thank you!

Does disabling hiragana just mean there's no furigana?

There are 7 ways to view the Japanese in lingodeer(I hope this helps): Japanese and Hiragana and Romaji (日本 にほん nihon), Hiragana and Romaji (にほん nihon), Japanese and romaji (日本 nihon), Japanese and hiragana(日本 にほん), Only romaji (nihon), Only hiragana (にほん), Full Japanese  (日本)

They don't utilize furigana, at least not in the version I have, but you can have it in Full Japanese plus have it in Hiragana all spelled out. I hope this was able to help! Best of luck in your studies!

If you choose Japanese-Hiragana you get the furigana over the kanji and also hiragana over katakana!

So full Japanese just means that it looks like it would be when written naturally by an educated Japanese speaker, so with a mix of kanji, hiragana, and katakana as appropriate?

Yes, exactly! :-)

I just heard of it and tried it out yesterday and it’s pretty good. I’m surprised I didn’t hear of it earlier given that it offers literally my most favorite language and the second language I studied as a child.

Use it and love it. They added testing. :)

I very love it, thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've been advocating LingoDeer for a while now too. It's such a much better app than Duolingo for learning Japanese. I was done with the tree in Duo and I really noticed that I didn't know anything at all. After finishing with LingoDeer I understand better what happens and why it happens.

Lingodeer is way better than Duo honestly (i'm not being paid for this lol). Covers Genki 1 + 2, FULL pages of grammar explanations cough duo. Perfect voice recordings from natives instead of google translate lol and so much more, sadly it's not as popular as Duo. Support is awesome, i remember having all my progress wiped after update, message'd them boom fixed after few mins. Honestly i've only been recomending Lingo to people who are getting into Japanese because it's so good and well made, plus it get's updated pretty often, i think they will add Vietnamese soon. Cheers!

Re voice recording: I had not realized before I started listening to their voice recordings that Japanese "sh" is not the same as English "sh". She sounds almost as if she is slightly lisping - when I try to recreate it, the tongue seems to need to move behind the front teeth. I wonder if that is a regionalism, or if it is something general that I just never noticed before.

And yes on the support - very responsive.

Wikipedia seems to imply it might be this sound (there's a recording on the right in the yellow box)?

I think so - I really don't know the first thing about phonology, so all those technical terms are unfamiliar to me which makes for tough reading. (Fascinating, though.) Did you see there is a link to Japanese phonology, too? (Also more or less incomprehensible to me.)

Class is starting back up in April - I'll ask about it there, too.

Did you see there is a link to Japanese phonology, too?

Click on "Wikipedia" in my post ;)

Assuming that's the right Japanese sound, it's basically produced by starting from the English "sh" (which in IPA is /ʃ/) and putting a bigger portion of your tongue up against your palate.

I have used LingoDeer for a few months, and it is a lot better than Duolingo. But the only downside is that the lessons you skip because of testing out are not counted in the Learning Progress bar in the ME section, so I don't think you can earn the completion badges for a language unless you actually do all of the lessons.

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