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A Quick Note on the Title Change…

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As a general rule I try to strike out from the mundane and overdone. Allora (and so), my previous blog title “La Bella Vita”, or “the beautiful life”, just wasn’t cutting it. In the course of our studies of the Italian language we learn grammar and syntax, vocabulary, the works. An absolutely essential aspect of learning any language, though, is learning idiomatic expressions. After all, it’s difficult to really understand a native speaker if phrases like “the early bird gets the worm” and “you’re the apple of my eye” fly over your head. With a bit of exploration I landed on an idiomatic Italian phrase to use as the title of my blog. I found it a fitting descriptor of this adventure as a whole, as well as of various aspects of my journey. Literally translated Capita a fagiolo means “occurs at the bean.” This phrase refers to time when beans were an essential staple of the Italian diet. Then, showing up for the bean would have meant you arrived with impeccable timing; which is why this phrase now connotes the meaning, “You came at just the right time!”

I’ll just cut to the chase, and no cock and bull stories here, it was the right time to go out on a limb - go for broke - and see how small the world is after all (and how little I’d like to paint it!)

Posted by ColoradoCandace 05:24 Archived in Italy

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