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Italian Radio Online

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.

Young girl listening to the radio cartoon

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!

Old radio cartoon

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.

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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.

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26 Comments

  1. Great article about learning Italian! I completely agree about listening being of crucial importance. I have tried to learn Korean, Spanish, and French and always found the listening aspect to be the most difficult. Listening to the radio online to improve listening is a great idea! Learning Italian just may be my next project as I am considering a job teaching English in Italy in the fall. Cheers!

    1. Thank you! It is great to hear that you have been learning Korean, Spanish, and French. And yes, while learning any language, listening is of crucial importance! Thanks again for stopping by!

  2. I guess the same concept applies to every language learning process, not only for the Italian language. I used the same principle when I learned German language back in 2014 to the point I couldn’t count the number of movies and audiobooks I listened and watched to master the basics of the language. 

    Just so you know, people tend to have more attention span to listening materials like podcasts versus 2 minute span for YouTube (videos). Hence, listening is powerful to every learning process. Kudos to writing this post. It’s braided well as the delivery of the information is smooth and seamless. Reading your work is worth it. 🙂

    1. Hello. I have reaped the benefits of listening to audio files to improve my language skills. But I didn’t know that attention span was considerbly higher for podcasts than for YouTube videos. That’s a good fact to take in consideration. Thanks.

  3. Hi Jonathan,

    The only way to learn anything faster is by interacting with those that are already better at it. What other way would be better to learn a second or third language if not interacting with the native speakers of the language. Interacting with those that speak the language as their first language will not only improve your fluency but will also help you learn the culture of those people. Without a doubt, listening to an Italian radio online will help a learner horn their Italian grasp.

    Great article!

    Regards,

    Sergej

    1. Yeah, great point. It was not always possible (years ago) to get this exposure. But nowadays it is. So, we do well in taking advantage of it.

  4. Very interesting post. I am not learning Italian, instead, I am learning Spanish on Duolingo. And I am progressing very well. I noticed that Italian has a lot of similarities to Spanish. Do you know of any Spanish radio services like the one you have mentioned here? I’m good at reading and understanding, but listening is so hard!

  5. I have heard from bilingual speakers that they first learned English by listening to American music and watching American TV. I would have never thought of listening to Italian Radio to learn to speak Italian.

    Listening to the Bible is the best option because you can follow Bible passages as you read them in your native language. I will try this!

    1. Yes, listening to the Bible and following along with the text is the best way to learn a language. You’re first and foremost reading God’s Word!

  6. You’re right about listening. It’s very important. I agree that it’s how we best absorb things.

    I recently started following an Italian course via Facebook. I-m surprised how much we can learn when we listen!

    1. It’s nice you found this Facebook course. Yes, if we commit to listening we’ll end up learning!

  7. How important is listening when we’re learning a new language? Could we focus on other things and leave listening for when we’re at an intermediate level?

    1. Hi Kokontala. I encourage you to start focusing on your listening skills when you’re learning a new language. Most of the time we focus on the wrong things when we’re learning a new skill. Those that want to paint focus on painting techniques instead of observing the world around them. Those that want to sing focus on singing exercises instead of listening. And when we’re learning a language we shouldn’t focus so much on the productive skills as we should do on the receptive ones.

  8. Listening to the language you are learning is the best way to hear the correct pronunciation. I have been learning Italian. And your suggestion to listen to the radio could be a game-changer.
    Although I have been watching TV in Italian, I often want to listen while driving. These suggested radio stations and podcasts will keep me busy for some time. Thank you for sharing these resources.

  9. I never thought that a radio station would help so much. I became fluent in Italian some years ago. And it was an exciting experience. I learned how to learn languages. Now I am learning English as my third language. Thus, I will add your suggestion to my tactics: to listen to the target language all day.

    1. Hey. I am glad this post gave you some helpful suggestions. Your English is good. I wish you the best as you continue learning the language!

  10. I like your blog! It offers valuable tips on how to learn Italian.

    Our commitment is crucial. I want to visit Italy. But making the most out of my trip requires learning some Italian. I want to talk to locals.

    Ciao, ciao! Come va? Quale ristorante andare?

    Thank you for the encouragement. I feel motivated to learn when I understand that it is achievable!

  11. Nice article!
    I agree that listening is one of the best ways to learn any language. Not to mention the countless things you can improve in your daily life by just listening. I use podcasts to listen to a lot of material about web development, digital marketing, and confidence boosters and lectures. I believe the saying goes: you can not un-hear what you heard.

    1. Listening is a crucial component of learning. Thanks for sharing your experience using podcasts. There are several times in the day when we are busy but can still listen!

  12. Hi! I liked the analogy of how children learn a language. They listen and do not get either bored or tired! I have seen children learn several languages if those are spoken in the community. I also liked your suggestion of choosing a children’s radio program. The tip is spot on since anyone learning a new language will first acquire a children’s vocabulary.

  13. Excellent idea, Jonathan, to help people learn or become more fluent in Italian by listening to Italian radio stations. The number one factor that either hinders or helps people become functionally literate in any given language is their ability to be immersed in it and survive. This is to the point that they can depend on their responses to be correct through conversations or other interactions where a common language is necessary.

    I am intrigued by the example you gave of listening to a familiar passage from the Bible in a different language. Good stuff! I hope you’ll keep up the good work!

    1. Quite right, Joseph!

      After all, how do we “originally” and effortlessly learn a language? When we need to communicate our basic needs to survive! For example, if we depend on our communication skills to ask for a glass of water, we will learn to ask quickly!

      Anything you consider background knowledge (embedded in your brain) is a golden option for listening in your target language. Your brain makes the connections much quicker!

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