Learn English By Radio: Learn English By Hearing It Used In Speech [10 Free Licenses]

Learning a new language is not an easy task. Speaking specifically of English, although the language is widely used, it has a lot of elements that can confuse the non-native speaker. For example, homophones are something that often causes confusion amongst new English language learners. Furthermore, nuances of language and how sentences, phrases, and idioms are used in regular conversations.

Learning these things from simple books and online guides can be very difficult and unintuitive. Fortunately for iOS device owners who plan to learn English, there is a wonderful tool called Learn English by Radio that will help.

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Learn English by Radio is a phone application that is made for iOS devices. The application is sized at nearly 13.5 MB and compatible with iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad devices running version 5.1 or later of iOS. This application lets you listen in on English being spoken in a conversational context, rather than a classroom one. The audio is from classic American radio shows. Currently the show being used is Dragnet which is a popular classic radio crime drama.

The language spoken is by police officers and criminals. The transcript is displayed while the audio is being played. Such native speech accompanied with transcripts gives excellent insight into idioms and colloquial expressions. A vocabulary list helps understand difficult words. Grammatical errors made by the speakers are covered by the app to ensure that students do not learn the wrong thing.

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The app even features quizzes to test your knowledge so far.

Learn English By Radio: Learn English By Hearing It Used In Speech [10 Free Licenses] quiz

The app originally costs $2.99 but fortunately the developers of the service are offering 10 promo codes to the first 10 MakeUseOf commenters on this post so that they can use the app for free. Please mention your correct email address so we can contact you.


  • A user-friendly phone app.
  • Compatible with iOS devices.
  • Helps you learn English.
  • Plays English speech from classic American radio shows.
  • Covers idioms and colloquial expressions.
  • Covers difficult vocabulary words.
  • Includes quizzes to test knowledge.
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  1. Anonymous
    August 20, 2016 at 6:01 am

    Are 10 free licenses still available? I'd like to give it a try. Thank you

  2. Ana
    November 28, 2012 at 2:37 am

    I could use something like that!

  3. Anonymous
    November 27, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    it's really excellent.....

  4. Felipe
    November 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    It will be an excellent tool to learn english.

  5. digant
    November 27, 2012 at 1:57 am

    good to have one.

  6. Sanford Sherizen
    November 27, 2012 at 1:20 am

    I would like to try this with my ESL students. Thanks.

  7. kanhaiya
    November 26, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    this software seems so good, will surely help one.

  8. Samsum Samstein
    November 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    i need this app because i need to enhance my language capabilities, thanx

  9. Vinicius
    November 26, 2012 at 10:06 am

    First one!

  10. Alex
    November 26, 2012 at 4:49 am

    I'll give it a try. @alexhudish