How to Wish Someone a Happy Birthday in 26 Languages

When you're celebrating someone you care about on their special day, a plain old "happy birthday" won't do much to help you stand out from the crowd.

Why not spice things up with a birthday message in another language? Not only can these messages feel fun and clever, but since the majority of cultures around the world celebrate birthdays, you can also demonstrate your knowledge of cultures around the world. Just keep scrolling to learn how to wish someone a happy birthday in 26 languages—including how to pronounce each one!

Arabic

"عيد مولد سعيد" (eid mwalid saeid)

(aye-eed mee-lahd sye-eed)

Birthday celebration in Egypt: Shutterstock. happy family spending time together. Arabian parents and kid celebrating his birthday together

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Bengali

"শুভ জন্মদিন" (śubha janmadina)

(shuhb-uh jahn-muh-deen)

 

Czech

"Všechno nejlepší k narozeninám"

(schee-eck-no nay-lep-shee kuh nah-ro-zee-nee-nahm)

 

Dutch

"Fijne verjaardag"

(fay-nuh feer-yahr-dahk)

 

Farsi

"تولدت مبارک" (tavalodet mobarak)

(tah-vuh-lode moh-buh-rack)

 

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French

"Bon anniversaire"

(boh-nah-nee-verr-ser)

 

German

"Alles Gute zum Geburtstag"

(al-is goot-eh soom geh-boort-stahk)

 

Greek

"Χρόνια πολλά" (hronia polla)

(hrone-ee-uh pole-ah)

 

Hindi

"जन्मदिन की शुभकामनाएं" (janmadin kee hardik shubhakaamanaen)

(juh-num-din kee hard-ik shuh-buh-komm-nye-en)

 

Igbo

"Ezi ncheta ọmụmụ gị"

(ez in-chet ao-moo-moo gee)

Birthday celebration in Nigeria: Shutterstock. Uyo,Akwa Ibom state/Nigeria-August 22 2019: this is a photo of a birthday celebration.

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Indonesian

"Selamat ulang tahun"

(seh-luh-maht ooh-long tah-hoon)

 

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Italian

"Buon compleanno"

(bwohn cohm-pley-ah-no)

 

Japanese

"お誕生日おめでとう" (o-tanjoubi omedetou)

(oh tahn-joe-bee oh-med-i-toe)

 

Korean

"생신을 축하드립니다" (saengsineul chukadeurimnida)

(sang-eel chu-khah-hahm-nee-dah)

 

Mandarin

"生日快乐" (shēngrì kuàilè)

(shun-gri kwy-luh)

 

Polish

"Wszystkiego najlepszego"

(vshi-stkye-go nay-lep-shee-go)

 

Portuguese

"Feliz aniversário"

(feh-leez ah-nee-verh-sahr-io)

 

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Romanian

"La multi ani"

(lah mool-tee ah-nee)

 

Russian

"С днем рождения" (z dnyom razhdyenya)

(znee-ohm razj-day-nia)

 

Spanish

"Feliz cumpleaños."

(feh-lees koom-pleh-ah-nyos)

 

Tagalog

"Maligayang kaarawan"

(mah-lee-guy-ahn kahr-uh-wahn)

Birthday celebration Phillipines: Shutterstock. Happy Asian friends having fun throwing confetti outdoor - Young trendy people celebrating carnival festival even - Party entertainment and youth holidays lifestyle concept

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Tamil

"பிறந்தநாள் வாழ்த்துக்கள்" (piṟantanāḷ vāḻttukkaḷ)

(peer-uhn-tuh-nahl vahl-tik-uhl)

 

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Thai

"สุขสันต์วันเกิด" (suk̄hs̄ạnt̒ wạn keid)

(sook-sahn wun cuhd)

 

Turkish

"Iyi ki doğdun"

(ee kee doh dun)

 

Urdu

"سالگرہ مبارک" (salgirah mubarak)

(sall-gee-rah moo-bah-rack)

Woman celebrating birthday in pakistan: Shutterstock. Indian family celebrating a birthday party

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Vietnamese

"Chúc mừng sinh nhật"

(chook mung sin nyaht)

 

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