Do you remember that song? “Video killed the radio star ………and you remember the jingles used to go ….’
But what does that have to do with learning German?
We all know that the quickest way to learn German (or any other language) is to learn it in Germany (or the other countries, of course 😉 ) ,where you are constantly surrounded by the foreign language. Unfortunately, that isn’t always possible, so the next best thing is to surround yourself with as much German as possible. Watching TV is one way, either with satellite TV or on the internet, but the problem with watching TV is, that, once you’ve lost track you don’t know what’s going on. And as we all like to multi task, it’s very difficult to keep track of a German TV programme. Watching German TV is great for a short time but hardly any good for surrounding yourself.
I found a website that lists a lot of German radio stations – listenlive.eu (edit 2020 that site isn’t secure but I found TuneIn Germany) – which has a huge list of German radio stations (and other countries, too). Have a look and then a listen, but to make it easier, I had a look at some of them for you.
They all play songs in German and English and have news, weather, information and adverts – perfect for learning new German words/ phrases. You know how any catchy advert jingles stick in your mind! And if you’re not multi tasking and have time to read a bit, their websites also have lots of useful text for learning German.
alsterradio comes from Hamburg, so if you’d like to hear some news from the north of Germany, chose this station.
BR1 covers Bavaria.
WRD1 comes from Cologne.
KISS FM – the beat from Berlin!
NDR also comes from Hamburg and covers Lower Saxony.
This is just a start. If you come across a German radio station that you really like and I haven’t mentioned it, let me know.
Either way, have fun listening to the radio and at the same time pick up some German!
EDIT August 2014: I’ve just heard on twitter about an Android app “German Radio Online” which has over 100 radio stations. Thank you for the tip – I’m in German radio heaven 🙂
Oh, and if you are now disappointed because you expected to hear ‘Video killed the radio star’, here it is 😉