Camping in Italian Posted by Bridgette on Aug 20, 2020 in Italian Language
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Today we are going to talk and discover some camping vocabulary in Italian. Just like in the USA, camping is a popular pastime in Italy. Wild camping is forbidden in national parks, however, so if you ever want to camp make sure you find a dedicated campsite.
The verb to camp in Italian, accamparsi, is reflexive. Literally it means “to camp oneself.” Here are the reflexive pronouns: mi, ti, si, ci, vi, si.
When conjugating a reflexive verb, you drop the si and then you conjugate it as you would a regular verb – by again dropping the ar and adding the correct ending. In the past tense, reflexive verbs always take ‘essere‘ as their helping verb. Let’s see this in action:
Mi accampo – I camp (myself)
Ti accampi – You camp (yourself)
Si accampa – He/She camps (himself, herself)
Ci accampiamo – We are camping (ourselves)
Vi accampate – You all are camping (yoursevles)
Si accampano – They are camping (themselves)
We could also say “accampiamoci!” to say “let’s go camping!” but literally “let’s camp ourselves!” Grammatically, this is a command, and that is why the ci goes at the end of the verb.
Now, let’s look at this verb in the past tense.
Mi sono accampato/a – I camped (myself)
Ti sei accampato/a – You camped (yourself)
Si è accampato/a – She/He camped (himself/herself)
Ci siamo accampati/e – We camped (ourselves)
Vi siete accampati/e – You all camped (yourselves)
Si sono accampati/e – They camped (themselves)
You may have noticed the o/a or i/e – that is because since the verb uses essere as the helping verb, the past participle needs to make agreement with the gender and number of the subject! So depending upon if the subject is masculine singular (o), feminine singular (a), masculine plural (i), or feminine plural (e).
And here is some vocabolario:
Il sacco a pelo – sleeping bag
Il campeggio – campsite
Il binocolo – binoculars
La bussola – compass
La corda – rope
Uno zaino – a backpack
Un’accetta – a hatchet
Un cappello da baseball – a baseball cap
Una cartina – a map
Una torcia elettrica – a flashlight
Un thermos – a thermos
Le scarpe da trekking – hiking shoes
La borraccia – water bottle
Una tenda – a tent
La repellente per zanzare – mosquito repellant
Un falò – a campfire
Il fornellino da campeggio – camp stove
I fiammiferi – matches
Un coltellino svizzero- a Swiss army knife
Un kit di pronto soccorso – a first aid kit
Do you know any more useful camping vocabulary in Italian? Comment it below!
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