How To Say “Happy Birthday” In Different Languages

08 May 2023
By Sarah Angela Almaden
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There are 365 days in a regular year and there are 366 days in a leap year, which by the way happens every four years. Each one of these days is special. And each one of these days is celebrated as a birthday. If you think about it, yesterday was someone’s birthday. Today is someone else’s birthday. And tomorrow will be another person’s birthday. Or tomorrow could possibly be your birthday. And if tomorrow is your birthday, then happiest birthday to you. May you celebrate your special day however you like and wish.

Now, when it comes to birthdays, there is always a sweet message you hear from the people around you and that is "Happy Birthday." These two simple English words are guaranteed to make someone feel warm and happy. At the same time, it is a nice reminder that your friends, family, loved ones, and others care about you and remember you. But how do you wish someone a “Happy Birthday” in different languages? Let’s find out!

  • English: Happy Birthday (happy birthday)
  • French: Bon anniversaire (boh ahnivehsayr)
  • Italian: Buon compleanno (buon compleanno)
  • Spanish: Feliz cumpleaños (feliz compleanyos)
  • Dutch: Fijne verjaardag (fine feryardahk)
  • Korean: 생일 축하합니다 (saeng il chughahabnida)
  • German: Alles Gute zum Geburtstag (alles gut zum geburtstag)
  • Hindi: जन्मदिन की शुभकामनाएं (janmadin kee shubkaamnaen)
  • Turkish: Doğum günün kutlu olsun (doum gunun kutku olsun)
  • Japanese: お誕生日おめでとうございます (otanjobiomedetogozaimasu)
  • Indonesian: Selamat ulang tahun (selamat ulang tahun)
  • Greek: χαρούμενα γενέθλια (charoúmena genéthlia)
  • Polish: Wszystkiego najlepszego (schystkeego najlepscheygo)
  • Norwegian: Gratulerer med dagen (gratulerer med dagen)
  • Swedish: Grattis på födelsedagen (grattis poh fodelsedagen)
  • Portuguese: Feliz Aniversário (feliz aniversaryo)
  • Afrikaans: Gelukkige verjaarsdag (khelukkikh feryaarsdakh)
  • Basque: Zorionak (zorionak)
  • Czech: Všechno nejlepší k narozeninám (schekno neylepshik narozeyninahm)
  • Russian: с днем ​​рождения (s dnem ​​rozhdeniya)
  • Tagalog: Maligayang kaarawan (maligayang kaarawan)
  • Swahili: Furaha ya kuzaliwa (furaha ya kuzaliwa)
  • Igbo: Ezi ncheta ọmụmụ gị (ezi encheta omumu gi)
  • Icelandic: Til hamingju með afmælið (til hamingyu meth aumailith)
  • Romanian: La multi ani (la multi ani)
  • Malay: Selamat Hari lahir (selamat hari lahir)