Listening to an Italian radio online may be good for you. It can help you improve your Italian language skills. At the end of this post, we will give you a list of Italian radios online and podcasts. We also include a short description of each one of them.
Listening to Italian radio stations also gives you a bit of the flavor of the culture. Accordingly, try to find opinion programs or news broadcasts.
Make the habit of daily listening to Italian, and you will surely see results that will surprise you.
Listening is very important
Something very important when learning a language is listening. Therefore, listening to the radio can expose you to the target language. And it also fills in those periods of the day that otherwise, you spend unproductively. For example, while going on a long trip, or on your daily ride to work you can listen to Italian. Or while doing routine activities, you can get exposed to your target language.
You will surprise yourself with the number of hours a day you spend on these activities. Hence it’s time to start reaping profit from them. Taking this into account will have a drastic impact on your learning process. More time you can put into “listening” equals better results.
So, our advice is pretty simple. Commit to plugging in your headphones and “only” listen to things in your target language. You may feel you don’t have time. But every time you are driving to work or going on the subway would be good. Don’t miss the opportunity when you’re on the train, in your car, or buying groceries at the supermarket.
Try to make it a habit. Furthermore get to the point where if you have forgotten your headphones, you prefer to go quickly back. People may ask you why did you return. And you’ll just pick up your headphones and say “I almost missed an appointment”. It’s better to lose a few minutes going back for your headphones than wasting an hour trip journey.
Learning a language requires patience
Listening and listening more! It might seem nonsense at the beginning. But that is what babies do all day, every day for the first months of their lives. It could be, maybe 10 months until the baby utters his first word: “mooo-mmy”. I’m sure that in less than 10 months, you will begin to utter more than one word in your target language.
But what’s happening to the baby is similar to what’s going to begin to happen with you. You’re going to begin to hear and distinguish a great number of sounds for the first time. And slowly but steadily start to become sensitive to their meaning.
One step at a time! As we are taking the example of the baby, you should first start with children’s radio programs. You might have a lack of interest in this type of program. But listening to this childish type of content is only during the first stages. And it’s not that bad. The speaker at the other end of the radio will treat his listeners as babes. He will moderate his vocabulary, talking speed, and content. And that is exactly what we want.
Listening and listening more! It’s quite simple, all you need is commitment. And your brain will do the entire job. We work that way. Even though the first days you feel you don’t understand a word. So do the babies and they continue. Listening and listening more! And it’s not difficult. Please put up with this initial annoying phase. Cheer up. This is slow but steady!
Here is our advice
A good piece of advice is to download your audio files to your phone or device. It doesn’t always have to be only the radio online. And I recommend audio because it’s practical. But if you can engage in some audio-visible material that is even better.
Listening to things that are exciting to you
If you are too annoyed listing children’s stuff, there is another good option at this point. There are things that you know well in your native tongue. Make a list of those things. It can be things related to your studies or your career. You may include things you’re interested in, things about Italy, etc. It doesn’t have to be content for children now. Fill in the gap required to understand by using all your background knowledge. The Internet will sure have plenty of interesting content on topics you like. Download all that content to your mobile device. You could even find an online radio on that subject, and keep on listening!
An example of this that we have just said is listening to the Bible in your target language. Internet is indeed full of audios reading the Bible. Start with a passage that you know well. Listen to it over and over again! Listen to it all day, if it is possible. You will slowly start to distinguish words, phrases, and in no time, the whole passage. And at the same time, you are listening to what is best for you!
Don’t get tired of this; if you are committed to listening, you will reap great benefits!
Don’t forget to leave your questions or comments on this matter in the comment box. I’ll be glad to hear about your experience with your audios!
Here are some online radio stations to help you with your first steps:
Radio Bimbo: is a radio for little children and all the family.
Radio Magica: it’s not a streaming live radio. It has a lot of audio files, with easy Italian for kids.
Radio Populare: is an independent radio station based in Milan, Italy. It also has other five affiliated radio stations based in Rome, Florence, and Bologna. Radio Popolare airs public news, public affairs, talk, entertainment, and music programming.
Radio Radicale: is the official radio station of the Radical Party in Italy. It is completely free of commercial advertising and is partly funded by the party. However, the biggest portion comes from the Italian Government. The main focus is to broadcast Parliamentary sessions. On this radio, you’ll listen to broadcasting parliamentary live debates. These would include the Italian Chamber of Deputies. And also the Italian Senate and some important court cases.
Radio Euro News: Euronews is a group of multilingual news media. They include TV, online, mobile apps, web radio, etc. Their headquarters are in Lyon, France. They were born in 1993. And they aim to cover world news from a pan-European perspective.
LIVE News of Europe in Italian (Euro News): this is a branch of the Euronews group of multilingual news media.
For those of you that would also enjoy reading Italian newspapers, please read more about some of them by clicking here.