Listening to an Italian radio online 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, with a short description of each one of them.

Listening to Italian radio stations also gives you a bit of the flavor of the culture. Try to find opinion programs or news broadcasts.

Make the habit of daily listening Italian, and you will surely see results that will surprise you.

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Listening is very important.

Something that is very important in the process of learning a language is listening. Listening to the radio can expose you to the target language. And it also fills in those periods of the day that otherwise would be spent unproductively. For example, while going on a long trip, or in your daily ride to work, or while doing routinely activities, you can be exposed to your target language. You could be surprised the amount of hours a day that you spend on these activities, and it’s time to start reaping profit out of them. This has a

drastic impact in your learning process because of the enormous amount of time that you can put into “listening”.

trainYou have to commit yourself to plug in your headphones

and “only” hear things in your target language each time you are on your way to work, going in the subway, in the train, in your car, or buying groceries at the supermarket. Try to make it a habit. Try to arrive at

the point where if you have forgotten your headphones, you prefer to go quickly back to pick them up, rather than spending an hour trip journey with nothing to hear in the language you are learning.

Listening, listening, listening! 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 exactly

what’s going to begin to happen with you: you’re going to begin to hear and distinguish for the first time a great amount of sounds, 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 radio programs that are intended for little children. You might have a lack of

interest for this, but listening to these childish programs 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: moderating his vocabulary, talking speed and content. And that is exactly what we want. Hearing, hearing, hearing! It’s quite simple, all you need is commitment. And your brain will do the entire job. We are programmed to function that way. Even thou the first days you feel you don’t understand a word. So do

the little babies and they continue on. Listening, listening, listening! And it’s not difficult. Don’t be annoyed. Cheer up. This is slow, but steady!

Something that is equally good is to download your listing files to your phone or device. It doesn’t always have to be only the radio on-line. 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 to annoyed listing to children stuff, there is another good option at this point. There are things that you know really well in your native tongue. Make a list of those things. It can be things related to your studies, to your career, that you are interested in, things about Italy, etc. It doesn’t have to be content for children now. We will fill in the gap, by using all the background

knowledge you have in the subject you have chosen. Once you have made up your mind on the subject that interests you the most, search the internet for audio or video files on that subject. Download all those files to your mobile device. You could even find an on-line radio on that subject, and keep on… Hearing, hearing, hearing!

An example of this that we have just said is hearing to the Bible in your target language. Internet is full of audios reading the Bible. Start with a passage that you

know really well. Listen to it over and over again! Hear 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 hearing what is best for you!

Don’t get tired of this; if you are committed to hearing, 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:


old radio cartoonRadio Bimbo: is a radio for little children and for 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 Partito Radicale (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 through an agreement for the broadcasting of Parliamentary sessions. Its biggest portion of airtime is also devoted to broadcasting parliamentary live debates from the Italian Chamber of Deputies and Italian Senate as well as important court cases.

Radio Euro News: Euronews is a group of multilingual news media (TV, online, mobile apps, webradio…), headquartered in Lyon, France. Created in 1993, it aims to cover world news from a pan-European perspective.


old TV cartoonLIVE News of Europe in Italian (Euro News): Euronews is a group of multilingual news media (TV, online, mobile apps, webradio…), headquartered in Lyon, France. Created in 1993, it aims to cover world news from a pan-European perspective.


Jason · March 21, 2017 at 7:44 PM

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!

    Henry · March 22, 2017 at 2:18 AM

    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!

Mecyll Gaspary · June 30, 2019 at 12:13 AM

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. 🙂

    Henry · October 28, 2019 at 9:59 AM

    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.

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