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 provide a list of Italian radios online. 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.
You need to pay attention to listening!
A crucial part of learning a language (if you want to be able to talk to others) is listening. Therefore, listening to the radio can expose you to your target language. It also fills in those minutes of the day when doing mindless tasks. For example, you can listen to the news while going on a long trip or on your commute. These time periods are ideal for getting your daily dose of Italian.
You will surprise yourself with the number of hours a day you spend on these activities. Hence, do not let this precious time go under the rug. 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 listening to things in your target language. You may feel there is no time for it! But think about this article every time you drive to work or go on the subway. Don’t miss the opportunity 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 back to get them. And if anybody asks why you went back, answer: “I do not wanna miss my appointment.”
It’s better to lose a few minutes going back for your headphones than wasting a day without listening to Italian!
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
There is another good option if you become annoyed listening to children’s stuff. 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 subjects 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 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 listening!
An example of this that we have just said is listening to the Bible in your target language. 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. At the same time, you are feeding your soul!
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 audio!
Here are some online radio stations to help you with your first steps:
Italian radio online audio:
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.
Italian radio online video:
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.