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Radio in 74 languages

In the back of my 'Colloquial Yiddish' book under the additional resources heading, there were a couple of links to radio stations that broadcast in Yiddish. When I investigated further, it turns that one of those stations broadcasts in a great many other languages too.

SBS Radio in Australia broadcasts in 74 languages to one degree or another! This does not necessarily mean that there is a 24hr broadcast in each of those languages every day of the week, but at some point in the week there is a programme in one of those languages. These can be heard online on the website and/or on the iPhone/Android app.

I don't know what the content of each language broadcast will be but if they're anything like the Hebrew programme that I've just started listening to, then they will be a mix of world news, Australian topics, music and then features and interviews relevant to that language community, so in this case a mix of Jewish, Israeli and Yiddish features.

Whatever your stage of learning in a particular language, this could be a valuable (and free) resource to become more familiar with hearing your target language spoken by natives and of course picking up vocab.

The link to the main language page is: http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage


July 5, 2015



Tunein radio is another great app where you can listen to stations all over the world.


Wow, that is one of the largest selection of languages I've seen. Thank you and have some lingots!

I started looking at TV/Radio too after finding the book The Telenovela Method and the authors website "How to Learn Spanish" had TV/Radio links. There are good general tips, if interested.

Big Lists of Stations:

Stations similar to SBS:

  • Voice of America/VOA, An odd collection of 42 languages that seems to change periodically, but includes a Learning English option that has transcripts and vocabulary.
  • Radio France International/RFI, 12 Languages (English, Spanish, Hausa, Swahili, Portuguese, Brasilian Portuguese, Chinese (?), Cambodian, Persian, Russian, Vietnamese and Romanian)
  • Radio Sputnik, 30 languages (Abkhazian, Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, English, German, Persian, Polish, Spanish, Serbian, Swedish, Kyrgyz, Hindi, Vietnamese and Turkish). If the language is listed, click "all editions"-"radio"
  • NHK, 16 Languages (Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese). Site also has Easy Japanese lessons from 17 base languages.
  • Polish Radio External Service, 7 languages (Polish, English, German, Russian, Ukrainian, Hebrew and Belarusian)

EDIT: A few additional multilingual radio sites (some obscure languages)

  • Radio Australia 8 languages (English, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Khmer, French, Burmese, and Tok Pisin), the site also has a Learn English page
  • Radio Bulgaria 11 Languages, see schedule or listen to daily webcast (Arabic, Albanian, Bulgarian, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Serbian, Greek, and Turkish)
  • Radio Canada International 5 languages online only or podcast subscription (Arabic, Chinese, English, French and Spanish
  • Radio Exterior de España 5 Languages online in A la carta, maybe broadcast too? Anyone (Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Sefardí).
  • Radio Free Asia 4 channels see schedule for language times (Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Tibetan (Kham, Amdo, and Uke dialects), Uyghur, Burmese, Vietnamese, Lao, Khmer and Korean)
  • Korean Broadcast Service/KBS 11 languages online (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Arabic, Vietnamese, Russian, German, French and Spanish)
  • Radio Free Europe Broadcast schedules, podcasts or on-demand (Albanian, Armenian, Arabic, Avar, Azerbaijani, Bashkir, Bosnian, Belarusian, Chechen, Circassian, Crimean Tatar, Dari, English, Georgian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Pashto, Persian, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Tajik, Tatar, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Uzbek)
  • Radio Romania International 11 languages, by schedule or on-demand? (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, and Ukrainian


Ooh that's a fantastic additional collection of radio stations and languages - thanks! Have a few lingots back for helping to share the multi-language radio love :)


Fabulous link but, alas, no Irish...


Maybe http://www.rte.ie/rnag/ or BBC might have content, if you can use iplayer.


Sorry :( Although I'm not sure why there's no Irish because I would imagine that would be a group of people fairly prominent in Australia. Not that that automatically means they all speak Irish of course, but I would have thought that might have been on the list.


Valuable advice! A lingot for you.


This is so awesome and useful! Thank you so much!


Oh my, thanks! :D

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