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Many language learners find it helpful to listen to online radio stations in their target languages. Listening to foreign language broadcasts or podcasts is especially useful after you understand at least the basics of your target language. In addition, listening to the radio is often pointed out as a good way of getting used to the accent and the intonation of a language.

Radio stations in other languagesEdit

The site listenlive.eu provides a long list of radio stations for a few dozen European languages. Many radio and podcasting applications also have a built-in list of stations.

When you're looking for a perfect radio station for you, your first step can be visiting a website of the official broadcaster of a country in which your target language is widely spoken. Usually the country has several channels for different audiences, and their content choices may include, for example, news, popular, or classical music. However, for most language learners, the best option can be radio stations that present talking and music in a balanced way.

These are the examples of such radio stations (since the list is incomplete, please add another sources):

AfrikaansEdit

Radio Sonder Grense (Radio Without Borders), public station

BasqueEdit

EITB is the Basque's Country public service broadcaster. On their site you can listen to Euskadi Irratia (news, talk radio) and Gaztea (more music, aimed at youth)

BelarusianEdit

1 Kanal, the first station of a Belarusian public broadcaster

BulgarianEdit

Radio Horizont, one of the stations of a Bulgarian public broadcaster

CzechEdit

Radiožurnál, the first station of a Czech public broadcaster, compromising 24h news and popular music

DanishEdit

Radio24syv - a commercial talk radio station

DutchEdit

Radio 1,  public station dedicated to news, politics, current affairs and sport

EnglishEdit

BBC Radio1 (Pop, rock music + inane DJ chatter)

BBC Radio 2 (Light music, Pop Music, Jazz, oldies)

BBC Radio3 (Classical Music, some drama)

BBC Radio4 (News, documentaries, drama, comedy)

BBC Radio4extra (Drama, Comedy - mostly archive material; some new)

Manx Radio, the national commercial radio station for the Isle of Man; broadcasting several programmes in Manx language as well

FinnishEdit

YLE Puhe - the talk radio station of Finland's national broadcasting company Yle

FlemishEdit

Radio 1, belgian radio channel operated by the Flemish public broadcaster dedicated to news and culture

Radio 2, a less formal version of Radio 1, aimed at all group ages

FrenchEdit

Radio France French national public broadcaster with multiple channels dedicated to news, culture, music.

Radio Campus Paris

La Première Belgian radio channel from RTBF a public broadcasting organisation of the French Community in Belgium

Swiss Radio from Swiss public broadcasting organisation Radio télévision suisse (RTS)

Gaeilge (Irish)Edit

Raidió na Gaeltachta Irish language station of the public broadcaster RTÉ

[Raidó na Life] Irish Language station broadcasting from Dublin. 

GermanEdit

WDR One of the public broadcasters of radio and TV with multiple stations

NDR North German Radio with multiple channels

Dradio Deutschland Radio (News, Culture, Drama, Sport, Science, Economy etc)

Deutsche Welle - International Radio and TV - in 30 languages

IcelandicEdit

Rás 1 covers news, weather and cultural programming.

Rás 2 is the most popular Icelandic radio station, covers the news, current affairs but also pop and rock music.

LatinEdit

Nuntii Latini podcast from Finnish station Yle Radio 1

LatvianEdit

Latvijas Radio 2  second programme of Latvia's national broadcaster

LithuanianEdit

LRT Radijas  radio station from the national public broadcaster

LuxembourgishEdit

Radio ARA, multilingual Luxembourgian station, focused on music; presenting, inter alia, programmes in Luxembourgish

NorwegianEdit

NRK (Norsk rikskringkasting) Radio P1 (NRK P1), P2 (NRK P2)

PersianEdit

Radio Zamaneh, an Amsterdam-based Persian language radio

PolishEdit

Polish Radio One (Jedynka), Polish Radio Two (Dwójka) and Three (Trójka), TOK FM (Tok FM)

PortugueseEdit

RTP Radio with various radio stations from Portuguese public service broadcasting organisation RTP (Rádio e Televisão de Portugal)

Scottish GaelicEdit

BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal BBC Scottish language service

SlovakEdit

Rádio Slovensko, the first programme of a Slovak public broadcaster

SlovenianEdit

SLO1 - Slovenian public broadcaster station

SwedishEdit

P3 - the third programme of a Swedish public broadcaster

Radio1 - a commercial talk radio station

UkrainianEdit

Radio FM Galychyna, Western Ukrainian local radio station

WelshEdit

BBC Radiocymru (BBC Welsh Language Service)


For some languages, such as Uzbek and Tajik, there are almost no or even completely no radio stations broadcasted online. In such case you may try Radio Free Europe programmes. They are usually on air early morning and in the evening.

Playing online radioEdit

This is a incomplete list of applications. Please add your favorites!

AndroidEdit

  • TuneIn Radio. High-quality application with a huge, built-in list of stations.

LinuxEdit

  • Radio Tray. A tiny application in menu bar. Works with Gnome 2.

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