Oh my God in Italian

How exactly do you say oh my God in Italian?

In this lesson, we will take a look at the different ways you can translate this sentence into Italian. Read on to learn them all!

Oh mio…?
Oh my…?

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How do you say oh my God in Italian?

Most common: Oddio!

Oddio! is by far the most common way to translate oh my God in Italian.

Oddio!
Oh my God!

Oddio, un serpente!
Oh my God, a snake!

Oddio, ho dimenticato di spegnere il fornello!
Oh my, I forgot to turn off the stove!

Oddio is actually the shortened form of oh mio Dio, which literally translates oh my God. You can hear how it is pronounced in the next paragraph.

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Most literal: Oh mio Dio!

Oh mio Dio!
Oh my God!

This common sentence in Italian is made of three elements.

Oh
Oh

Mio
My

Dio
God

Dio means god in Italian. When it’s used to mean “God” as in the Christian God, it’s capitalized: Dio. When it’s used to mean a deity of some pantheon, like the Greek gods, gli dèi greci, it’s not capitalized. Deity is translated as divinità.

Its plural form is often written as dèi, with a stress mark on the -e-, to help readers distinguish it from the preposition dei (of the, masculine plural). The stress mark is not mandatory, but it’s a good practice.

Now, what’s the difference between oddio and oh mio Dio? We’ve said that oddio is more common than the other, but when they want to emphasize the concept, people most commonly say oh mio Dio.

Oh. Mio. Dio. Cosa hai combinato ai capelli?
Oh. My. God. What have you done to your hair?

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Less common: Dio mio!

Dio mio literally translates to “God my”. In Italian, you can in very few cases, such as this one, add a possessive adjective (mio) in front of the noun it refers to.

The exclamation Dio mio! is not as common as oddio or oh mio Dio, but it’s still used by some older people (not by young people, because it sounds a bit old-fashioned).

Dio mio!
Oh my God!

And that’s it, now you know how to say oh my God in Italian in all its forms!

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