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"Lui mangia un fagiolo."

Translation:He eats a bean.

December 29, 2012



For those who this one seems weird, I must tell that it is habitual in Duolingo. And you probably will find weirder ones, or perhaps for laughing, like We are turtles, You are a penguin...


Those I understand! They're funny; they help words stick in your mind.

What I don't get is why we're learning "il fagiolo" instead of "i fagioli." Do Italians talk about "the bean" or "one bean" more often than "beans" (plural)???

Could someone who is native/fluent and/or someone from D.L. please give us some clarity on this one?

PS - If I sound a bit excited or desperate, it is because I am. This question has been bugging me for a while now.


don't worry too much about what the hidden cultural preferences may be, because we need to learn (possible) correct grammar first. We can't learn every phrase we will ever use but we need a base to substitute around. Think of a conversation about a girl's first date with a boy deathly allergic to beans.

A. And he was stealing food off my plate in such a romantic manner. And of course you know what happens next? B. What? Come on tell me. A. He eats a bean! He turns red and starts choking . Not very romantic at all.

If you can say this then you can substitute beans etc . If you have plural vowels you must be able to specify singular and plural as needed


We are learning singular nouns now. We have not learned plurals yet but, have patience, we will. I have said the word "bean" many times in my life. It's not as if it's a word never said.


What I don't understand, is why the single bean? Is he on an extreme diet? Is he struggling financially? There's a story there, and the people need to know.

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It's a boring story: whoever added the word to the course forgot to add the plural :P

I.e. we can't have "fagioli" in any sentence in the course unless the staff takes on the somewhat lengthy process of extending the course vocabulary.


Hahaha... I'm more intrigued now.


The sentence makes me think of Homer the flea in the old cartoon short "What price fleadom" by Tex Avery. Homer eats a bean in the beginning of the cartoon!


I was unpacking a bag of whole coffee beans I bought today into a container, but minute or so later found a single bean that escaped. I was too lazy to open up the container to store it so I ate it. A single bean. Io mangio un fagiolo.

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Unfortunately that doesn't work in Italian: a coffee bean is 'un chicco di caffè', a soya bean is 'un seme di soia' and so on for everything that isn't the legume variety of beans (most of which, quite tellingly, are of the genus phaseoulus).


Yeah, it was kind of a reach to begin with considering how general the term "bean" is in English. I appreciate the information though.


Lui mangia fagioli. Un fagiolo ???


Yes, stop judging Lui


Only ...one bean.....???????


Would it be a cooked bean????


I see a lot of deleted comments and i guess why, but what are nutritional benefits of just one bean? Surely you spend more energy eating that bean that the amount you'll get from it.


Are green beans "fagioli verde"?

And is are coffee beans "fagioli di caffè"?

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  • Green beans = fagiolini
  • Coffee beans = chicchi di caffè


"legume" not accepted 4-19

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Why would it be? It's not synonym with bean: lentils and peas are legumes too.


Thank you for responding. I have always heard beans referred to as legumes


f.formica: this came back around so now I'd like to further our discussion from 4-19. I'd like to know the reason you think beans are not legumes.

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They are, it's the opposite that's not true: legumes (legumi) are a family of vegetables (leguminosae / fabaceae) that includes beans (fagioli), broad beans (fave), lupin beans (lupini), soybeans (soia), peas (piselli), chickpeas (ceci), Indian peas (cicerchie), peanuts (arachidi / noccioline americane), lentils (lenticchie), carobs (carrube), and even clover (trifoglio).


I thought lui was a name lol


I mean, you're not wrong


I cannot hear " un" sound


Poor guy! He must be so thin!


Why can't we have repeated attempts at speaking the sentence - or at least more than one


Why can't we have more than one attempt at speaking the sentence?


I keep typing the correct translation and it keeps saying it’s wrong


In English, one does not say that eats just "a bean", but rather says "I eat beans". Thus, the translation, although word-by-word is correct, is semantically wrong.


Not even in Italian one would say "un fagiolo" unless he/she is eating exactly one bean. So the translation "he eats a bean" is the correct one.


Who eats ONE bean??


Oh come on!! Does it really matter who eats one bean? Apart from the fact that I CAN eat a bean (for example if I need to try them to see whether they are cooked, or to see if I like them, or whatnot) are we here to learn a language or just to comment on sentences? This sentence to me is correct, and it even makes sense. Could it have been better? yes. Is it wrong? no.


Even if it is correct grammatically, why don't they teach us "eat an apple" and leave the word of beans after they teach the plurals?


they're expanding our vocabulary. we have already learned apple, they're now teaching us bean. otherwise, how would you say 'Jack and the Bean Stalk?' agreed, it's completely weird, but take it for what it is.


llrt, pajunen2010

He looks deep into her eyes and eats a bean. He looks down, then loooks at her and eats another.

"hell!" she thinks, The worst date ever and he is going to eat that slow----well only sixty or so left!

He eats a bean...


Some poor, thin fellow obviously. :P


Well, he might be eating edamame. Or crispy fried broad beans. Both of which are commonly eaten one at a time.



Guiliap- are you Italian? If so, can you tell me: When they say that a possible translation of "fagiolo" is "kidney DISH", do they actually mean a kidney-shaped dish, or would it mean a food containing kidney beans? Would an Italian actually use this sentence to describe the latter? Grazie.


I don't know what a kidney dish is, if I were to hear (in Italian) "kidney dish" I would think of some sort of food made of kidenys (like, cow's kidneys, the actual organs). Fagiolo in Italian is the legume.

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