Spanish word of the week: sueño

This week’s Spanish word of the week is sueño.

Sueño is a noun that means sleep or dream and you can find out how to pronounce it here:

Hamlet said, ‘To sleep: perchance to dream…’. In Spanish the connection between the two is so intimate that the same word – sueño – covers both:

despertarse de un sueño profundo to wake from a deep sleep

En mi sueño parecía que estaba volando. In my dream it was as if I was flying.

You need to be a bit careful when using this word with the verb tener. The meaning changes according to whether you use the article or not:

Tenía mucho sueño. I was very sleepy.

Anoche tuve un mal sueño Last night I had a bad dream.

When used with conciliar it means to get to sleep:

No podía conciliar el sueño. I couldn’t get to sleep.

It’s also used in the same way as English, to talk about your ambitions and wishes:

el sueño americano the American dream

Su sueño era llegar a ser científica. Her dream was to become a scientist.

Come back next week for a new word, and expand your Spanish vocabulary!

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