MapMuse to Give Away Four English Language Learning Apps

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“ESL By Radio” apps teach the nuances of spoken English via classic American radio shows.

A screenshot from the Dragnet ESL by Radio app.

A screenshot from the Dragnet ESL by Radio app.

Learning English shouldn’t feel like work when you’re being taught by detectives, cowboys, aliens, and saucy spinsters.

MapMuse today kicked off a promotional sale for its Learn English by Radio iPhone apps, which use famous classic radio shows such as Dragnet and X-Minus One to teach English comprehension skills. Instead of buying expensive textbooks and software, ESL students can now master the language’s spoken nuances while listening to some of the greatest stories to ever air on American radio.

“Learning English shouldn’t feel like work,” says MapMuse owner Mike Pilon. “Not when you’re being taught by detectives, cowboys, aliens, and saucy wisecracking women.” The four apps included in the promotional sale base their lessons on episodes of Dragnet, a gritty crime drama, Gunsmoke, a popular Western, X Minus One, a sci-fi thriller, and Our Miss Brooks, a classroom comedy.

MapMuse has developed technology that helps students overcome common obstacles to listening comprehension, such as overly fast tempo, colloquial pronunciations, idioms, and slang. For example, students without an ear for the speed of spoken English can slow down, jump around, or replay audio sections, which are perfectly synched with a written transcript. Difficult words and expressions are linked to definitions and explanatory notes. Quizzes are inserted at natural stopping points to reinforce lessons taught in that section. “Our primary goal was to weave education and entertainment together as seamlessly as possible,” says Pilon.

The four apps can be downloaded at no cost from the following links:

Dragnet - Episode 188: No Big Tooth
Gunsmoke - Episode 214: Cheap Labor
Our Miss Brooks - Episode 117: Puppy Love
X Minus One - Episode 4: Mars is Heaven

MapMuse is an Internet and app development company based in Reston, VA. It bills itself as the best site to “find places to live, learn, work, and play,” and has created thousands of online maps and mobile apps to reflect this slogan. Learn English by Radio represents its first venture into the educational software field. For more information, please refer to MapMuse’s official homepage.

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