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Favourite podcasts

The Hidden Brain by NPR:

I listened to this one all about debt:

This episode all about scarcity was particularly impressive:

podcast time

Ted Radio Hour by NPR:

About loneliness:

How I built this by NPR:

How Ben and Jerry Ice Cream was founded:

The Story behind Recaptcha:

ARD Radio Tatort (crime fiction in German):

L’Italiano Vero:

The only language learning podcast that I like listening to.

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come fare il sugo

stamattina ho provato fare un sugo con tutti i pomodori che non ho mangiato.

Ho trovato questa pagina:

Sugo di pomodoro semplice *

(importante per me: deve stare semplice)

e tutto nella pentola. vediamo come ha funzionato…dopo

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condizionale passato of scendere

looking for the condizionale passato, 2nd person, plural of scendere?


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Italian bookshop in Basel

Opening hours:
closed on Mondays
Tuesday thru Friday: 10-13 / 14.30-18.30
Saturday: 10-16.30

St. Johanns-Vorstadt 62
4056 Basel
Tel / Fax 061 381 80 40

Update on 22 March 2010:

La libreria italiana ha un nuovo sito internet e un nuovo indirizzo e-mail.

Website: La Libreria Italiana Di Basilea
Email: libreriait at

Update on 28 April 2019:

The above bookshop no longer exists 🙁

Buy your Italian books via Bider and Tanner. Support regional shops.

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new at learning italian

3 years after my last italian classes in Lugano, i’ve enrolled for yet another italian language course for advanced learners. Today was the first lesson. And it looks like it’s going to be fast-moving and challenging. I’m introducing a new category at, learning Italian, in which I’ll post notes and useful links from time to time.

The course is based on the following books:

Grammar book: Corso Italia 2

Reading book: Lo scialle andaluso by Elsa Morante

If you have a copy of Corso Italia 2 or Lo scialle andaluso sitting in your shelf and gathering dust, please let me know.

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Mailand oder Madrid – Hauptsache Italien *

I came across a number of Italian language links this week:

* The former German national football player Andreas Möller supposedly said this in an interview.