How do you say DREAM in Italian?

How exactly do you say dream in Italian?

In this lesson, we will take a look at the different words you can use to talk about dreams in Italian and you will even learn a few expressions featuring the word for dream. Read on to learn them all!

Sogno
Dream

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How do you say dream in Italian?

Sogno

Sogno is how you most commonly translate dream in Italian.

Sogno
Dream

kid dreaming of fighting godzilla

It is a masculine noun, so it uses the articles il (definite, the dream), and un (indefinite, a dream).

Un sogno
A dream

Dei sogni
Some dreams

Il sogno
The dream

I sogni
The dreams

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Its pronunciation is similar to saw-ñoh (with the Spanish palatalized n) and it comes from the Latin word somnium. Make sure the final -o has a pure sound, as Italian vowel sounds are clean.

For example, you could say…

Ho fatto un bellissimo sogno stanotte.
I had a beautiful dream last night.

Ricordi mai i sogni che fai?
Do you ever remember the dreams you have?

Un giorno il tuo sogno si avvererà.
Your dream will come true someday.

From sogno you get sognare, meaning “to dream”.

Sogno quasi tutte le notti.
I dream almost every night.

Mio figlio sogna di diventare astronauta.
My son dreams of becoming an astronaut.

family of astronauts floating in space

Bad dreams

Nightmares are translated into Italian as incubi, or incubo in the singular. It’s yet again a masculine word.

L’incubo
The nightmare

For example, you could say…

Hai mai fatto incubi?
Have you ever had nightmares?

Non mangiare prima di andare a letto o avrai gli incubi.
Don’t eat before going to bed or you will have nightmares.

boy having a nightmare

Daydreaming

The translation for the verb to daydream in Italian is a whole expression: sognare a occhi aperti. It literally means “to dream with open eyes”, and that’s basically what you do when you daydream!

Sognare a occhi aperti
To daydream

For example, you could say…

I bambini sognano spesso a occhi aperti.
Don’t eat before going to bed or you will have nightmares.


Da sogno

In order to use dream as an adjective in Italian, you need to add the preposition DA. For example, you could say…

Casa da sogno
Dream house

Vacanza da sogno
Dream holiday

kids having fun in a river

Expressions with dream in Italian

There are a number of common idiomatic expressions featuring the word for dream in Italian. These are…

  • sogno o son desto? (am I dreaming or am I awake?)
  • neanche per sogno! (in your dreams!)
  • avere un sogno nel cassetto (to have a life-long dream)

And that’s it, now you know how to say dream in Italian!


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