9 Multilingual News Websites For Reading Practice


Learners learn languages in many different ways, such as attending language classes, playing games, or listening to audio. Whatever the methods are, they usually cover four aspects of language learning: reading, listening, speaking, and writing. Mastering only one or two of these is not enough because, in reality, we read, listen, speak, and write.

Some learners achieve rapid improvement in any combination of these aspects simultaneously and some other learners need more time to focus on each one at a time. I like to read and I always try my best to read every day in multiple languages, especially languages that I am seriously learning. My principle is that I need to practice reading and/ or writing more often when I do not practice much speaking and/ or listening. The purpose is to acquire a wider range of vocabulary.

Multilingual News Websites

Wikipedia has a list of multilingual news services, which comprises TV stations or newspapers that appear in various languages. That list might already give an abundant resource for reading practice, however, here I want to present some of my favorites and those not in Wikipedia‘s list.

1. Wikinews

Available in English, Polish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Russian, Spanish, German, French, and many more.


2. Global Voices Online 

Available in English, German, Arabic, Macedonian, Spanish, Malagasy, Russian, Bangla, and many more.


3. BBC World Service

Available in French, Hausa, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Uzbek, Burmese, Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, and many more.


4. Metro

Available in Portuguese, English, Spanish, Chinese, Czech, Finnish, French, Greek, Dutch, and many more.


5. Dong Bei 东北网

Available in Chinese, English, Russian, Japanese, and Korean.


6. People Daily 人民网

Available in English, Japanese, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Korean, and German.


7. China Radio International

Available in Chinese, Albanian, Arabic, Belorussian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Cambodian, and many more.


8. Malaysia Kini

Available in English, Malay, Chinese, and Tamil.


9. Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, and French.


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Global Voices

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