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VOA Makes English Learning Easier for Chinese, Farsi Speakers

New mobile phone apps provide on-the-go access to interactive, online learning program

Washington, D.C., October 20, 2010 –Voice of America's dynamic and cost-free English language teaching program for Chinese and Farsi speakers,, is now even easier to use with the introduction of new mobile phone apps.

The apps provide on-the-go access to VOA's interactive, online learning program, a fun and effective way to learn contemporary English.

VOA Director Danforth W. Austin says, "For years people around the world have been improving their English by listening to the Special English programs of the Voice of America. These new mobile phone apps expand on that, teaching English in a convenient, user-friendly way for anyone with a mobile phone."

The goEnglish apps are available for both iPhone and Droid devices.

By accessing the self-study program, a user can learn how Americans talk about everyday aspects of their lives, ranging from relationships to shopping to filling out a job application.

The interactive Chinese and Farsi language editions, which are also available online at, cater to English learners of all abilities. The beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons offer access to the latest learning techniques, including voice recognition software, virtual characters and video clips. There are also games and dialogues that guide users through day-to-day situations, and help them practice newly-learned skills.

To find out about other English learning programs at Voice of America, visit our Learning English website at:

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The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. Government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts approximately 1,500 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 125 million people. Programs are produced in 44 languages and are intended exclusively for audiences outside of the United States.

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