HAPPY BIRTHDAY in Different Languages → 100 Ways!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY. A very well-meaning phrase, traditionally said to send congratulations and good wishes to another on the anniversary of the day that they were born. Along with hello, good morning, and I love you —> happy birthday is one of the most commonly used travel words around the world. And knowing how to say happy birthday in different languages is a life skill worth having.
Continue reading to discover exactly that…
No matter how different people from around the world may look, speak, think, or act, a birthday is one thing that we all have in common.
You can learn a whole lot about a region and its people from the traditions, cultures, languages, and the way the locals express themselves. We are more interconnected than ever before, and throughout time, one thing that remains is our celebration of people, good times, and the manner of professing these emotions of joy, affection, and elation.
Did you know:
Where does the term happy birthday come from?
The term dates back to the late 14c. It comes from the Old English byrddæg, meaning “anniversary or celebration of one’s birth,” or “day on which one is born.”
Why do we say happy birthday?
The day a person is born is a special day for that person as well as for their loved ones. This joyous occasion is the perfect opportunity to express your gratitude, joy, and happiness for having that person as a part of your life for another year. A chance to celebrate their life and honor their existence. Despite the difference in etymologies, terms of birthday greetings are similarly conveyed across different cultures and languages.
A major benefit of traveling is picking up a little bit of the local language and it’s always a good idea to know a few words in the language of the countries you’re exploring.
It is, in a way, a tool to explore an entirely new culture, build lasting impressions, and make friends of strangers. Here’s your definite guide on how to say happy birthday in all languages around the world.
If you wanted to wish a happy birthday to every person in the world, you would need to learn those individual words from over 5,100 languages.
Fortunately, just by reading this guide I have put together for you, you will be able to say happy birthday in another language to over 90% of the world’s population. So whether you find yourself in Africa, Europe, Asia, or America, I’ve got you covered with this happy birthday in different languages list, my fellow traveller.
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10 Other Creative Ways to Say Happy Birthday
In addition to saying the words happy birthday in many languages, here are a couple other ways you could wish someone on their big day:
- Many happy returns on your birthday
- Don’t count the candles, enjoy your day.
- I’m glad you were born.
- May your birthday be filled with laughter!
- Age is just a number.
- Best wishes on your special day
- You lived one more year. Congratulations!
- Wishing you many more years of good health and prosperity
- Happy anni-birth-sary!
- Many happy returns on your birthday
Want to learn how to say CHEERS too?
Read this guide on how to say cheers in different languages of the world.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Here’s your guide on 100+ ways to say happy birthday in different languages of the world.
In brackets you will find how to pronounce the word as it can often be difficult to know how to vocalise the word just by reading or looking at the direct translation.
Are you ready to take a trip around the world and learn how to convey birthday greetings?
I have included happy birthday in every language I could think of. If you don’t spot your language, let me know (in the comments) and I will be pleased to add it to this list.
Each language uses different words to celebrate, however the feeling is usually the same.
Let’s get into it… Be sure NOT to miss the bonus at the end ↓↓
How do you say happy birthday in native language?
- French — Bon anniversaire!
- German — Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!
- Spanish — ¡Feliz cumpleaños!
- Italian — Buon compleanno!
- Chinese — 生日快乐 (Shēngrì kuài lè)
- Portuguese — Feliz aniversário!
- Swedish — Grattis på födelsedagen!
- Dutch — Fijne verjaardag!
- Norwegian — Gratulerer med dagen!
- Turkish — Doğum günün kutlu olsun!
- Polish — Wszystkiego najlepszego!
- Danish — Tillykke med fødselsdagen!
- Indonesian/Malay — Selamat ulang tahun!
- Russian — С Днём рождения! (s dnem rozhdeniya!)
- Japanese — お誕生日おめでとう (otanjoubi omedetou)
- Greek — Χρόνια πολλά! (Chronia Polla!)
- Vietnamese — Chúc mừng sinh nhật!
- Tagalog/Filipino — Maligayang kaarawan!
- Korean — 생일 축하합니다 (saeng-il chukha hamnida)
- Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian/Montenegrin — Срећан рођендан! (Srećan rođendan!)
- Hindi —जन्मदिन की शुभकामनाएं (janmadin kee shubhakaamanaen)
Want to learn how to say FAMILY too?
Read this guide on family in all languages.
How do you say happy birthday in other languages? Happy birthday in 100 different languages!
Let’s get into it…
Here’s how you say “happy birthday” in:
- Gelukkige verjaarsdag
— is the Afrikaans phrase for happy birthday
- Gseënde verjaarsdag
Afrikaans is a West Germanic language of Southern Africa mostly derived from Dutch. It developed as Dutch settlers and indigenous African mixed languages beginning in the 17th century. Today, an estimated 15 to 23 million people call Afrikaans their mother tongue. It is mainly spoken in South Africa and Namibia and can also be heard in parts of Botswana and Zimbabwe.
- Malipayon nga kaadlawan
Aklan also known as Aklanon is an Austronesian language spoken by 460,000 Aklanon people in the province of Aklan on the tropical island of Panay in the Philippines.
- Gëzuar ditëlindjen
— is the Albanian phrase for happy birthday
Albanian is an Indo-European language, spoken mainly in Albania and Kosovo, though it is also spoken in other areas of the Balkans. With about 7.5 million speakers, it comprises an independent branch within the Indo-European languages and is not closely related to any other language in Europe.
- Raazdinyaam ugutaa
Aleut or Unangam Tunuu is a member of the Eskimo-Aleut language family, spoken by the Aleut people living on the Alaskan Peninsula, and on the Commander, Aleutian, and Pribilof Islands. It is the only language in the Aleut branch of the Eskimo–Aleut language family.
— is the Alsatian word for happy birthday
- Viel gleck zuem Geburtsdeuh
Alsatian is a West Germanic language spoken by around 900,000 people, mainly in the Alsace region of northeastern France.
- Чыккан кӱнигерле
Altai is a language belonging to the Turkic language family and is officially spoken in the Altai Republic of Russia.
- መልካም ልደት (melikami lideti)
— is the Amharic phrase for happy birthday
Amharic is a Semitic language and the official language of Ethiopia. It can also be heard in Egypt and Eritrea, as well as in Israel, Sweden, Canada and the United States.
- عيد مولد سعيد (eyd mawlid saeid)
— This is how you say happy birthday in Arabic
- عيد ميلاد سعيد (eid milad saeid)
— happy birthday to you in Arabic
Arabic (العربية) is a Semitic language spoken by over 420 million people as their first language in areas including North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and other parts of the Middle East. Many more people can also understand it as a second language. Modern Standard Arabic is the liturgical language for 1.6 billion Muslims and is the official written form of the language with the Arabic alphabet, which is written from right to left.
- Buen cabo d’anyo felicidatz
— happy birthday in Aragonese
Aragonese, or Aragonés, is a language in the Romance language family that is native to Spain and spoken by just over 10, 000 people in the Pyrenees valley of Aragon.
- Bet yaldookh breekhaa
- Bet yaldakh breekhaa
Aramaic ארמית is a member of the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family that originated among the Arameans in the ancient region of Syria. It has a 3,000-year history and is still spoken by small groups of people in different parts of the Middle East.
- Hoonobee’ hetiisiineb
Arapaho is one of the Plains Algonquian languages from the Algic language family, spoken by the Arapaho of Wyoming and Oklahoma.
- Ծնունդդ շնորհավոր (tsnundd shnorhavor)
— happy birthday in Armenian
Armenian is an Indo-European language spoken in the Republic of Armenia, as well as in large communities of Armenian diaspora by around 6.7 million people.
- জন্মদিনৰ ওলগ জনালোঁ
— happy birthday in Assamese
Assamese is an Indo-Aryan language spoken in the northeast Indian state of Assam, where it is an official language. Native to India and Bangladesh, it is spoken by over 23 million people.
- Brikha Bit Yaldoukh
- Brikha Bit Yaldakh
Assyrian, also known as Syrian or neo Aramaic is the East Semitic dialect that evolved from ancient Akkadian after 1950 B.C. As a Semitic language, it originated from the middle eastern region and is related to Arabic and Hebrew.
- Feliz cumpleaños
— happy birthday in Asturian
Asturian is a West Iberian Romance language spoken by around 400,000 people in Asturias, Spain.
- happy birthday mate!
Australia has no official language, however Australian English is the variety of English spoken here.
- ad günün mübarək
— means happy birthday in Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani or Azeri is the primary and official language of Azerbaijan by its 8.8 million native speakers. It is also widely spoken in Northern Iran and to a small extent in southern Dagestan, the Kvemo Kartli region of Georgia, eastern Turkey, in Shia cities of Iraq, like Karbala and Kirkuk. The language is a Turkic language and is highly intelligible with modern-day Turkish.
- Swasti wanti warsa
- Rahajeng wanti warsa
Balinese belongs to the Malayo-Polynesian language family and is spoken by around 3.3 million people on the Indonesian island of Bali as well as the regions of Nusa Penida, Lombok, Java, Sumatra, and Sulawesi.
— is the Basque phrase that translates as happy birthday
Basque (euskara) is a language spoken in the Basque Country (Gipuzkoa, Araba, Bizkaia) and Navarra (in Spain) as well as in the French Basque Country (Labourd, Soule and Basse-Navarre). Linguistically, Basque is a language isolate and is unrelated to the other languages of Europe.
- тыуған көнөң менән (tıuğan könöñ myenän)
Bashkir is an endangered language belonging to the Kipchak branch of the Turkic languages. Closely related to the Tatar and Kazakh languages, it is spoken by around 1.4 million native speakers in Russia, as well as in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Uzbekistan, and other neighboring post-Soviet regions.
Bavarian / Austrian German
- to say happy birthday in Bavarian use:
Ois Guade zu Deim Geburdstog
Bavarian is a regional dialect of German spoken in the German state of Bavaria, western Austria, and Northeastern Italy by over 14 million people. It uses German grammar, but takes several root words from Latin.
- З Днём Нараджэння
Belarusian is the official language of Belarus. This East Slavic language is also spoken in Russia, Ukraine, and Poland.
- The Bengali phrase for happy birthday is
শুভ জন্মদিন (Śubha janmadina)
Bengali বাংলা is the only official language of Bangladesh, one of the 22 official languages of India, and the sixth most spoken language in the world. It is spoken as a first language by the majority of the population in Bangladesh, as well as people in the Indian state of West Bengal.
- Amulli ameggaz
Berber, also known as the Amazigh languages, is a branch of the Afroasiatic language family that comprises of around forty closely related languages spoken by the Berbers. The Berber people are indigenous to North Africa, with the heaviest concentration found in Morocco. The major Berber languages include Tamazight, Tarifit, Tashelhit (Tashelhiyt, Tashelhait, Shilha), Kabyle, and Tamahaq.
- जन्म दिन के शुभ कामना
Bhojpuri is an Indo-Aryan Bihari language, considered to be one of the most rapidly growing languages in the world, spoken by over 40 million speakers in northern-eastern India and the Terai region of Nepal.
- Hapi long leaf lo u
Bislama is an English-based creole language and one of the official languages of the island of Vanuatu with around 10,000 native speakers.
- वाढदिवसाच्या शुभेच्छा
Bodo बर’/बड़ is the Sino-Tibetan language spoken primarily by the Bodo people of Northeast India, Nepal, and Bengal. It is official language of the Bodoland Autonomous region and co-official language of the state of Assam in India.
- Sretan rođendan
is the Bosnian word for happy birthday
Bosnian, a south Slavic language of the Indo-European family, is the official language of Bosnia and is essentially the same language as Croatian and Serbian. All three languages used to be known as Serbo-Croatian before the break-up of Yugoslavia.
— is the word for happy birthday in Brazilian Portuguese
- Feliz aniversário
- Muitos anos de vida
Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil) is the variety of Portuguese dialect spoken in Brazil. It is spoken by virtually all of the 200 million inhabitants of Brazil and spoken widely across the Brazilian diaspora. European Portuguese differs from the Brazilian variety in pronunciation, as well as in some vocabulary.
- Deiz ha bloaz laouen says
— is the word for happy birthday in Breton
Breton is a Southwestern Brittonic language of the Celtic language spoken in Brittany in the northwest of France.
- Честит Рожден ден Chestit rogden den skap
Bulgarian is a South Slavic language spoken in Southeastern Europe, primarily in Bulgaria. It is the country’s only official language and Bulgarian is written with Cyrillic.
- Happy birthday in Burmese is:
ပျော်ရွင်ဖွယ်ရာမွေးနေ့ (pyawrwin hpwalrar mwaynae)
Burmese is a Sino-Tibetan language spoken in Myanmar where it is an official language and the language of the Bamar people, the country’s principal ethnic group.
- រីករាយថ្ងៃកំណើត (rikreay thngai kamnaet)
— means happy birthday in Khmer
Khmer is the language of the Khmer people and the official language of Cambodia. With over 16 million speakers, it is the second most widely spoken Austroasiatic language.
- Per molts anys
- Feliç aniversari
Catalan is a Western Romance language derived from Vulgar Latin and named after the medieval Principality of Catalonia, in northeastern of modern Spain. It is the only official language of Andorra, and a co-official language of the Spanish autonomous communities of Catalonia, the Balearic Islands of Spain, and Valencia.
- malipayon nga adlaw nga natawhan
Cebuano, also known as Bisaya or Binisaya, is an Austronesian language spoken in the southern Philippines region in Central Visayas, western parts of Eastern Visayas and the majority of Mindanao.
- Biba kumplianos
Chamorro is an Austronesian language, the native and spoken language of the Chamorro people, who are the indigenous people of the Mariana Islands.
- Tsiku labwino lobadwa
Chichewa, also known as Nyanja, is a Bantu language spoken in much of Southern, Southeast and East Africa. It is the national language of Malawi and is also spoken in Zambia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
How to say happy birthday in Chinese Cantonese:
- 生日快樂 saang yut faai lok
— the Cantonese phrase for happy birthday
Cantonese is a variety of Chinese originating from the city of Guangzhou and its surrounding area in Southeastern China. Belonging to the Sino-Tibetan family of languages, it is the traditional prestige variety of the Yue Chinese dialect group, which has about 68 million native speakers.
How do you say happy birthday in Chinese Mandarin:
- 生日快乐 (shēngrì kuàilè)
— the Chinese phrase for happy birthday
- 祝你生日快乐 (zhù nǐ shēngrì kuàilè)
— happy birthday to you in Chinese
Mandarin Chinese is the official language of Mainland China and Taiwan, and is one of the official languages of Singapore. Mandarin is often placed first in lists of languages by number of native speakers with almost a billion speakers.
- Pedn bloodh lowen dhewgh
Cornish is a Southwestern Brittonic language that forms part of the Celtic language family. It became an extinct language in Cornwall at the end of the 18th century and underwent a revival in the 20th century.
- Felice anniversariu
Corsican is a Romance language from the Italo-Dalmatian family that is spoken predominantly on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Corsican is closely related to Tuscan and to the Florentine-based Italian.
- Sretan rođendan
— are the Croatian words for happy birthday
Croatian or Hrvatski is a South Slavic language spoken mainly in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, some parts of Serbia, and the neighbouring countries by about 5.5 million people.
- všechno nejlepší k narozeninám
— happy birthday in Czech
Czech is a Western Slavic language which is mutually intelligible with Slovak. It is mainly spoken in the Czech Republic with over 10,5 million speakers.
- Tillykke med fødselsdagen
— is the saying for happy birthday in Danish
Danish is a Scandinavian language and the only official language of the Kingdom of Denmark. Closely related to Swedish and Norwegian, it is spoken in Denmark and in some parts of Greenland and northern Germany.
- އުފާވެރި އުފަންދުވަހެއް ufaaveri ufandhuvaheh
— are the words for happy birthday in Dhivehi
Dhivehi or Maldivian is an Indo-Aryan language spoken on the islands of Maldives where it is an official language.
- सालगिरह् मबारक
Dogri is a Northern Indo-Aryan language spoken by around five million people in India, mainly in the Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir.
- Fijne verjaardag
— the Dutch word meaning happy birthday
If it’s the birthday of an employer, someone older, or you would just prefer to keep things a bit more formal then you could say ‘Nog vele jaren in goede gezondheid’ which means ‘Many happy returns and good health’.
Dutch is a West Germanic language spoken by about 27 million people world-wide mostly in the Netherlands and northern Belgium.
- Tashi Delek
Dzonkha or Bhutanese is the sole official and national language of the Kingdom of Bhutan. This Sino-Tibetan language is spoken by over half a million people in Bhutan and is written with the Tibetan alphabet.
- Grattis ą̊ fyöðelsdaem
Elfdalian also called Övdalian is a North Germanic Indo-European language spoken by up to 3,000 people in the Älvdalen region of Sweden.
- happy birthday
English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in Anglo-Saxon England in the early Middle Ages. It is spoken in many countries around the world with over 375 million native speakers. English is the second most spoken language, and the most international language in the world.
- Palju õnne sünnipäevaks
— are the Estonian words for happy birthday
Estonian is a Finno-Ugric language spoken as the official language in Estonia. It is closely related to Finnish.
- Tillukku við føðingardegnum
— are the words for happy birthday in Faroese
Faroese is a North Germanic language spoken as a first language by Faroe Islanders, residing on the Faroe Islands and in other areas, mainly Denmark.
Farsi / Persian
- تولدت مبارک Tavalodet Mubarak
— the Persian expression meaning happy birthday
- زادروزت خجسته Zadrouzat Khojaste
Persian is an ancient language belonging to the Iranian branch of the Indo-Iranian subdivision of the Indo-European languages. It is a pluricentric language predominantly spoken and used officially within Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan.
- Marau nomu siga ni sucu
— this is the Fijian saying for happy birthday
Fijian is an Austronesian language of the Malayo-Polynesian family. It is an official language of Fiji spoken by some 350,000–450,000 ethnic Fijians as a native language.
- Hyvää syntymäpäivää
— is the Finnish expression for happy birthday
Finnish is a Finno-Ugric language spoken only in Finland as the official language and by ethnic Finns elsewhere in Scandinavia.
- Gelukkige verjaardag
— is the Flemish word for happy birthday foreign languages
Flemish is a Low Franconian dialect cluster of the Dutch language, native to the historical region of Flanders in northern Belgium. It is sometimes referred to as Flemish Dutch, Belgian Dutch, or Southern Dutch spoken by over 6 million people.
How to say happy birthday in French:
- Bon anniversaire
— is how you say happy birthday in French
- Joyeux anniversaire
— Happy birthday to you in French
- Bon Fête
— can also be used to wish happy birthday in multiple languages including French
- Passe(z) une merveilleuse journée
— Have a wonderful day
French is a Romance language of the Indo-European family spoken by over 354 million people in France and around the world. It is the third most spoken language in Europe, the official language of 29 countries, spoken in parts of Africa, North America, and South America.
- Lokkige jierdei
The Frisian languages are a closely related group of Germanic languages, spoken by about 500,000 Frisian people, who live on the southern fringes of the North Sea in the Netherlands and Germany.
- Good complean
Friulian or Friulan is a Romance language of the Rhaeto-Romance family. It is spoken in the Friuli region of northeastern Italy with around 600,000 total speakers.
- Feliz Aniversario
Galician is a Romance language spoken by around 2.4 million people in Galicia, a region in northwestern Spain, where it is the official language.
- გილოცავ დაბადების დღეს (gilotsav dabadebis dghes)
Georgian is the official language of Georgia and the country’s most widely spoken language with over 4.1 million people.
- Alles Gute zum Geburtstag
— is how to say happy birthday in German
- Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag
— Happy birthday to you in German
In Germany, it’s actually seen as bad luck to mention someone’s birthday before the actual date. However, if you’re slightly late that’s fine and you can wish them a happy belated birthday with ‘Nachträglich alles Gute zum Geburtstag.’
German Deutsch is the official language of both Germany and Austria and one of the three official languages of Switzerland. German belongs to the West Germanic group of the Indo-European language family. One of the major languages of the world, German is a native language to almost 100 million people worldwide and the most widely spoken native language in the European Union.
- Ko na tekeraoi ni koron am ririki
Gilbertese, also called Kiribati, is an Austronesian Oceanic language spoken mainly in Kiribati, but also on the islands of Fiji, the Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu.
How to say happy birthday in Greek:
- Χαρούμενα γενέθλια (Charoúmena genéthlia)
Greek (ελληνικά) belongs to the Hellenic branch of the Indo-European language family, mainly spoken in Greece, the Greek islands, and Cyprus an an official language. It has the longest documented history of any living Indo-European language, spanning more than 3000 years of written records. There are about 13.1 million speakers of Greek worldwide and it is recognised as a minority language in Albania, Armenia, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Turkey, and Ukraine.
- Inuinni pilluarit
— is the Greenlandic saying for happy birthday
Greenlandic falls under the Eskimo–Aleut language family, spoken by around 57,000 Greenlandic Inuit people in Greenland.
- જન્મદિવસ ની શુભકામના (Janmadivasa nī śubhakāmanā)
— is the Gujarati phrase for happy birthday
Gujarati is an Indo-Aryan language native to the Indian state of Gujarat and spoken predominantly by the Gujarati people. Gujarati is part of the greater Indo-European language family.
Say happy birthday in Creole:
- Bòn fèt
- Jwayé zanivèsè
Haitian Creole (kreyòl ayisyen)) is a French-based creole language spoken by 10–12 million people worldwide and the only language of most Haitians. Along with French it is one of the official languages of Haiti.
- Barka da ranar haihuwa
Hausa language, the most important indigenous bridge language in West and Central Africa, spoken as a first or second language by about 40–50 million people. It belongs to the Western branch of the Chadic language family within the Afro-Asiatic language phylum. It is spoken mainly in northern Nigeria and Niger, and also in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Congo, Eritrea, Germany, Ghana, Sudan, and Togo.
How to say happy birthday in Hawaiian:
- Hauʻoli Lā Hānau
The Hawaiian language is a Polynesian language that takes its name from Hawaiʻi, the largest island in the tropical North Pacific archipelago where it developed. Hawaiian, along with English, is an official language of the State of Hawaii and here are the best Hawaiian greetings and phrases to know.
- יום הולדת שמח Yom huledet sameakh
— is the Hebrew expression for happy birthday
Hebrew is a Northwest Semitic language spoken by over nine million people worldwide. Historically, it is regarded as the language of the Israelites and their ancestors. It is written using its own script from right to left.
- जन्मदिन की शुभकामनाएं (janmadin kee shubhakaamanaen)
— are the Hindi words for happy birthday
- आपको जन्मदिन मुबारक हो (aapako janmadin mubaarak ho)
— happy birthday to you in Hindi
Hindi (हिन्दी) is an Indo-European language spoken in India, Nepal, and throughout the Indian diaspora. Hindi is descended from Sanskrit, sometimes called “the mother of all languages.” While there are 22 official languages and over 1,000 dialects of India, Hindi and English take precedence in government affairs. It is a link-language for over half of India’s population.
- zoo siab hnub yug
Hmong is a Hmong-Mien language spoken by about 2.6 million people in China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, USA, and French Guiana.
- Boldog születésnapot
— this is the expression for happy birthday in Hungarian
Hungarian is a Uralic language of the Ugric branch spoken in Hungary and parts of several neighbouring countries. It is the official language of Hungary and one of the 24 official languages of the European Union.
- Til hamingju með afmælið
— is the Icelandic phrase for happy birthday
Icelandic (íslenska) is a North Germanic language spoken in Iceland as its official language. It’s most closely related to Faroese and Western Norwegian and has around 314,000 speakers. The language is more conservative than most other Western European languages.
- Ezi ncheta ọmụmụ
Igbo is the principal native language of the Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria with around 45 million speakers and over 20 dialects.
- Selamat ulang tahun
— the Indonesian saying for happy birthday
Indonesian (bahasa Indonesia) is the official language of Indonesia.With over 230 million speakers, it is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is a group of varieties of Malay, an Austronesian language that has been used as the common language in the multilingual Indonesian archipelago for centuries. Indonesia uses the Latin alphabet system and Arabic numerals.
- ᐅᓪᓗᒥ ᓇᓕᐅᑎᑦᓯᐊᕆᑦ
— is how you say happy birthday in Inuktitut
Inuktitut is an Eskimo-Aleut language spoken in Arctic territories and the topmost span of North America including Alaska and Northern Canada.
What phrase in Irish means happy birthday:
- Lá breithe shona duit
Irish (Gaeilge) is one of the three Goidelic languages, along with Scottish Gaelic and Manx. This Goidelic branch together with the Brythonic branch (Welsh, Cornish, and Breton) form the Celtic language family.
How to say happy birthday in Italian:
- Buon compleanno
Other ways of sending your best wishes in Italian to someone on their birthday
- Tanti auguri
Italian (Italiano) is a Romance language of the Indo-European language family spoken by over 90 million people, the vast majority of which are in Italy, Sicily, Sardinia, and other major regions. It is the official language of Italy, San Marino, and the Vatican City.
How to say happy birthday in Japanese:
- お誕生日おめでとうございます (O tanjōbi omedetō gozaimasu)
“o” is the polite form.
tanjobi means “birthday”
omedeto means “congratulations”
gozaimasu, meaning “many”, and can be added if you like
- お誕生日おめでとう (Otanjōbiomedetō)
happy birthday to you in Japanese
Japanese (日本語 Nihongo) is an East Asian language of the Japonic language family. It is spoken by about 125 million people, mostly in Japan, where it is the official and national language.
- Happy earthstrong bredrin
— is a Jamaican expression of happy birthday
The term ‘earthstrong’ is a Jamaican term used to refer to the day a person was born and to their stronger connection to Earth with each passing year.
Jamaican Patois, often also referred to as Jamaican Creole, is an English-based creole language with West African influences spoken mainly in Jamaica. Belonging to the English Creole language family, it is spoken by the majority of Jamaicans with over 3 million native speakers.
- Sugeng tanggap warsa
— is the words for happy birthday in Javanese
Javanese is the language of the Javanese people of the island of Java in Indonesia, where it is the native language of more than 98 million people.
- ಹುಟ್ಟುಹಬ್ಬದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು (Huṭṭuhabbada śubhāśayagaḷu)
Kannada, spoken by nearly 45 million native speakers, is a Dravidian language of the people of Karnataka in southwestern India, and by significant linguistic minorities in the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Kerala, and abroad.
Kanuri is language within the Saharan branch of the Nilo-Saharan language family spoken by approximately four million people in Nigeria, Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.
Karelian is a Finno-Ugric language of the Uralic language family, spoken in Karelia republic of northwestern Russia.
- туған күнің құтты болсын (twğan küniñ quttı bolsın)
- Tughan kuningiz kutti bolsin
Kazakh is a Turkic language of the Kipchak branch spoken in Central Asia and the official language of Kazakhstan. The language comprises 21 million native speakers including regions of Bayan-Ulgii in Mongolia and the Dzungarian region of Xinjiang, China.
- muthenya waguciaruo muega
Kikuyu or Gĩkũyũ is a Bantu language of the Niger-Congo language family that is spoken as a first language by over 6.6 million Agĩkũyũ people in Kenya.
- Isabukuru nziza
Kinyarwanda, an official language of Rwanda, is a Bantu language of the Niger-Congo language family that is spoken by at least 10 million people in Rwanda, DR Congo, and Uganda.
- Sabukuri nziza
- Umunsi mukuru mwiza
Kirundi, or Rundi, is a Bantu language of the Niger-Congo language family, spoken by over 9 million people in Burundi where it is the official language. It is also spoken in parts of Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and in Uganda.
How to say happy birthday in Korean:
- 생일 축하 (saeng-il chugha)
- 생일 축하해 (saeng-il chughahae)
— happy birthday to you in Korean
Korean, an East Asian language, is the official language of South Korea (Republic of Korea) and North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) spoken by more than 75 million people.
- Rojbûna te pîroz be
Kurdish is spoken by about 30 million Kurds in western Asia including parts of Kurdistan, Iraq, Turkey, Iran, and Syria. It is one of the Indo-Iranian languages, ranks as the third largest Iranian language, after Persian and Pashto.
- Туулган кунуңуз менен куттуктайм (Tuulgan kunuŋuz menen kuttuktaym)
Kyrgyz is a member of the Kipchak branch of the Turkic language family spoken by over 4 million speakers mainly in Kyrgyzstan, and also in China, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Turkey.
- ສຸກສັນວັນເກີດ (suk san van koed)
Lao is the main language of Laos. It is a Kra–Dai language serving as a common language among all citizens of Laos, who speak approximately 90 other languages, many of which are unrelated to Lao. Modern Lao is heavily influenced by the Thai language and comprises over 30 million native speakers.
- Felix natalis
— is the Latin word for happy birthday
Latin was the dominant language of the Roman Empire from 6th century BC to 600 AD. When the Roman Empire collapsed, Latin evolved into the various languages that we know today. Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Romanian all consider Latin as their parent tongue. Latin is a classical language belonging to the Italic branch of the Indo-European languages.
- Daudz laimes dzimšanas dienā
— translates as happy birthday in Latvian
Latvian (latviešu valoda) is an Indo-European Eastern Baltic language spoken in the Baltic region. It is the official language of Latvia and one of the official languages of the European Union.
- ينعاد عليك
— is the Lebanese expression for happy birthday
Lebanese is a variety of North Levantine Arabic, indigenous to and spoken primarily in Lebanon. With significant linguistic influences borrowed from other Middle Eastern and European languages it is spoken by over 5,7 million native speakers.
- Gelökkige verjaordaag
Limburgish is a member of the East Low Franconian group of the Germanic languages considered a variety of German or Dutch by many people. It is spoken by around 1.6 million people in the Netherlands and Belgium.
- mbotama elamu
Lingala is a Bantu language spoken throughout the northwestern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a large part of the Republic of the Congo by over 70 million people.
- Su gimtadieniu
Lithuanian (lietuvių kalba) is an Eastern Baltic language spoken in the Baltic region as the official language of Lithuania. It is also one of the official languages of the European Union spoken by just under 3 million native speakers. The language is one of the oldest in the world.
- Alles Guddes fir de Gebuertsdag
Luxembourgish is a West Germanic language that is spoken mainly in Luxembourg. About 390,000 people speak Luxembourgish worldwide.
- amazaalibwa amalungi
Luganda, a Bantu language, is an official language of Uganda along with English and Swahili. It is spoken primarily in Kampala, but may be understood in much of the country and in the African Great Lakes region.
- Среќен роденден Sreken rodenden
Macedonian, the official language of the Republic of North Macedonia, is a south Slavic language spoken as a first language by 2 million people.
- Tratry ny tsingerintaona nahaterahana
- Arahabaina tratry ny tsingerinandro naterahanao
Malagasy is the national language of Madagascar belonging to the Austronesian Malayo-Polynesia family of languages spoken by 25 million people.
- selamat hari lahir
— is the Malay phrase for happy birthday
Malay (Bahasa Melayu) is an Austronesian language spoken as the sole official language of Malaysia and Brunei. It is also heard in Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand at a total of 250 – 300 million speakers.
- ജന്മദിനാശംസകൾ (janmadināśansakaḷ)
— is the word for happy birthday in Malayalam
Malayalam (മലയാളം) belongs to the Dravidian language family, spoken mostly in the Southern Indian states of Kerala and Lakshadweep. Around 36 million people use this language, which is one of the 22 official languages of India.
- Xewqat sbieħ għal għeluq sninek
Maltese, a language of central Semitic origin written in the Latin script, is the national language of Malta. It is spoken by around 420,000 people on the Mediterranean islands of Malta, Gozo, and Comino. The Maltese language developed from Sicilian Arabic. Over the centuries, it has incorporated many words derived from English, Italian, and French.
- huritau hari
— happy birthday in Māori
- ra whanau koa
Māori is an Eastern Polynesian language spoken by the Māori people, the indigenous population of New Zealand. it has also gained recognition as one of New Zealand’s official languages.
- वाढदिवसाच्या शुभेच्छा (Vāḍhadivasācyā śubhēcchā)
Marathi is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by around 83.1 million Marathi people of Maharashtra, India. It is the official language and co-official language in the Maharashtra and Goa states of Western India, respectively, and is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India.
- Jerisa Batlok
— is the Marshallese word for happy birthday
Marshallese, also known as Ebon, is a Micronesian language spoken in the Marshall Islands by about 44,000 people. It is an official language of the Marshall Islands, along with English, and is used as the language of instruction in most primary schools.
- Bonn anivairsaïr
— are the Mauritian Creole words for happy birthday
- Zwayé zaniverser
Mauritian Creole or Morisien, the de facto language of Mauritius, is a French-based creole language that is closely related to the Rodriguan, Seychellois, and Chagossian Creoles.
- Төрсөн өдрийн мэнд (Törsön ödriin mend)
Mongolian is the official language of Mongolia and both the most widely-spoken and best-known member of the Mongolic language family. It is an Altaic language spoken by approximately 5 million people in Mongolia, China, Afghanistan, and Russia.
- sretan rođendan
— the word for happy birthday in Montenegrin
Montenegrin, the official language of Montenegro, is a South Slavic language spoken by almost 250,000 people in the country.
- عيد مولد سعيد (eyd mawlid saeid)
Moroccan Arabic, also known as Darija, is a form of vernacular Arabic spoken in Morocco. It is part of the Maghrebi Arabic dialect continuum, with over 30 million native speakers.
- Ilhuitl Tlacatilizilhuitl
Nahuatl is a group of languages of the Uto-Aztecan language family. It was the language of the Aztecs and the Toltecs. Variations of Nahuatl are spoken by around 1.7 million Nahua people of Central Mexico and the USA and Nahuatl remains the most widely-spoken group of Native American languages in North America.
- Baa hózhǫ́ǫgo niʼdizhchį́
— Navajo words for happy birthday, pronounced (baa hozh-ogo nih-dih-zhir)
- Niʼdizhchį́įjįʼ anáhoolzhįįzhígíí baa shił hózhǫ́
Navajo is an American Indian language of the Athabascan family, spoken by around 170, 000 Navajo people in the Southwestern United States regions of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado.
- Ube lelanga lokuzalwa elihle
— the Ndebele word for happy birthday
- Ilanga elimnandi lamabeletho
Ndebele, an African language of the Nguni group of Bantu languages, is spoken by around 5 million Northern Ndebele people of Zimbabwe.
- जन्मदिन शुभकामना (janmadina śubhakāmanā)
Nepali (नेपाली), is an Indo-Aryan language of the sub-branch of Eastern Pahari written in Devanagari script It is the sole official language of Nepal and one of the 22 scheduled languages of India. While most Nepalese people speak at least some Nepali, there are more than 100 different languages and dialects spoken in Nepal.
Happy birthday in Neapolitan
- buon compleanno
Neapolitan is a Romance language of the Italo-Dalmatian group spoken across much of southern Italy by 6 million people. It is related to but generally not mutually intelligible with Italian.
- Kurika amazaarwa gawe
Nkore or Runyankore is a Bantu language of the Niger-Congo language family spoken by approximately 2.3 million Nkore people of south-western Uganda.
Northern Sotho / Sepedi
- matswalo a mabotse
Northern Sotho is a Bantu language spoken primarily in South Africa, where it is one of the 11 official languages. It is spoken by about 4.2 million people in the South African provinces of Gauteng, Limpopo, and Mpumalanga.
How to say happy birthday in Norwegian:
- Gratulerer med dagen
Norwegian (norsk) is a Germanic language derived from Old Norse spoken primarily in Norway by over 5 million people where it is the official language.
- ଜନ୍ମଦିନର ଅଭିନନ୍ଦନ
— happy birthday in another language
Odia, also referred to as Oriya, is an Indo-Aryan language spoken in the Indian state of Odisha by 33 million native speakers where it is the official language.
- baga guyyaa dhaloota kee geesse
Oromo is a Cushitic language spoken by about 30 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Egypt. It is the third largest language in Africa.
- ungil el cherellem
Palauan is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken by almost 20,000 people in the Republic of Palau, where it is one of the two official languages, alongside English. It is also heard in Guam and Northern Mariana Islands.
Happy birthday in Papiamento:
- Felis kumpleanjo
Papiamento is a Portuguese-based creole language spoken in the Dutch Caribbean by less than 500,00 native speakers. It is the most-widely spoken language on the Caribbean ABC islands, having official status in Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao.
- کلیزه دی نیکمرغه (kaleza mo mubarak sha)
— means happy birthday in Pashto
Pashto is an Eastern Iranian language in the Indo-European family spoken in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. It is an official language of Afghanistan along with Dari.
Say the phrase happy birthday in Polish:
- Wszystkiego najlepszego
- Sto lat
an informal way of saying happy birthday, meaning 100 years
Polish (polski) is a West Slavic language spoken by about 45 million people. Said to be one of the hardest languages to learn, it is the official language of Poland. It is understood and can be used for communication in the western parts of Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania.
- Feliz aniversário
— the Portuguese expression for happy birthday
- Parabéns pra você
— happy birthday to you in Portuguese
Portuguese (português) is a Romance language spoken as the official language of Portugal and Brazil. It is also the official language of Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé e Principe, Angola, Mozambique, and the co-official language of East Timor, and Macau. There are around 200 million native Portuguese speakers.
- ਜਨਮਦਿਨ ਮੁਬਾਰਕ (Janamadina mubāraka)
— is how you would say happy bithday in punjabi
Punjabi is an Indo-Aryan language with more than 130 million native speakers in the Indian subcontinent and around the world. It is the 10th most spoken language in the world.
- La multi ani
— the Romanian word for happy birthday
Romanian (limba română) is a Balkan Romance language spoken by approximately 24–26 million people as a native language, primarily in Romania and Moldova, and by another 4 million people as a second language. Although it descended from Vulgar Latin, Romanian was influenced by Slavic and Greek languages in the Middle Ages. It is an official and national language of both Romania and Moldova.
- Cordialas gratulaziuns per l’anniversari
Romansh is a Romance language spoken predominantly in the Swiss canton of the Grisons and Graubünden. Romansh, recognized as an official language of Switzerland, is considered an endangered language.
- с Днем рожденья (s Dnem rozhden’ya)
— the Russian expression for happy birthday
- С Днем рожденья тебя (S Dnem rozhden’ya tebya)
— happy birthday to you in Russian
Russian is an East Slavic language spoken by 300+ million people worldwide. It is an official language in the Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, while many other people in Central Asia, the Baltic states, the Caucasus, and Eastern Europe know it as a second language. Commonly written in Cyrillic, it is the 8th most widely spoken language in the world.
Continue reading to learn how to say happy birthday in other languages…
- manuia le aso fanau
— a commonly used word for happy birthday in Samoan
Samoan is the official language spoken in the Samoan Islands, which is made up of the Independent State of Samoa and the American Samoa. The language is the most spoken of the Polynesian language family with a total of 510,000 speakers worldwide.
- शुभं जन्मदिनम्
— a commonly used way for happy birthday in Sanskrit
Sanskrit is a 4,000-year-old classical language that belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European languages. Known as ‘the mother of all languages,’ Sanskrit is the root of many, but not all, Indian languages. It is also the liturgical language of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. Sanskrit has less than 15,000 native speakers at present and is mostly used by Hindu priests during religious ceremonies.
- Bonos annos
— a commonly used word for happy birthday in Sardinian
Sardinian or Sard is a Romance language spoken by over 1.5 million inhabitants of the Mediterranean island of Sardinia in Italy.
- Co-là-breith math
Scots Gaelic is a Goidelic language of the Celtic and Indo-European language family, native to the Gaels of Scotland. As a Goidelic language, Scottish Gaelic, like Modern Irish and Manx, developed out of Middle Irish.
- Срећан рођендан (srechan rodzhendan)
Serbian is a South Slavic language spoken mainly in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and Macedonia by about 9 million people. Serbian is the official and main language of Serbia and Montenegro.
- Letsatsi le monate la tsoalo
Sesotho (Southern Sotho) is a Southern Bantu language of the Sotho-Tswana group, spoken primarily by the Basotho in Lesotho, where it is the national and official language, South Africa, where it is one of the 11 official languages and in Zimbabwe where it is one of 16 official languages.
- Bonn Aniverser
Seychellois Creole, or Seselwa, is a French-based creole language of the Seychelles where it is one of the official languages.
- 生日快乐 (sangniq khuâloq)
Shanghainese, part of the Sino-Tibetan language family, is a variety of Wu Chinese spoken in the central districts of the City of Shanghai and its surrounding areas by 10 – 14 million speakers.
- Bhavhadhe rinofadza
Shona, one of the most widely spoken Bantu languages, is the main language in Zimbabwe.
- bon compleannu
- سالگراه مبارڪ Junam dhin joon wadhayoon
Sindhi, an Indo-Aryan language, is the official language of the Pakistani province of Sindh and spoken by over 25 million Sindhi people.
- සුබ උපන්දිනයක් වේවා Suba upandinayak
Sinhala is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by approximately 16 million Sinhalese people in Sri Lanka and is one of two official languages of Sri Lanka.
- Šťastné narodeniny
— translates to happy birthday in Slovak
Slovak, the official language of Slovakia, is a West Slavic language where it is spoken by approximately 5.6 million people.
- Vse najboljše
— is the Slovenian phrase for happy birthday
Slovenian, an Indo-European language of the South Slavic language branch is the official and national language of Slovenia spoken by less than 3 million people.
- Dhalasho wacan
Somali, an Afro-Asiatic language spoken by over 16 million people, is an official language of Somalia, a national language in Djibouti, and a working language in the Somali Region of Ethiopia.
How to say happy birthday in Spanish:
- Feliz cumpleaños
- Feliz cumpleaños a ti
— happy birthday to you in Spanish
- Feliz cumple
— an informal and colloquial way of saying happy birthday in many languages including Spanish
Spanish is the second most widely used language in the world natively spoken by more than 437 million people including Spain, most of Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Dominican Republic, and the USA. There are over 21 countries in the world that have Spanish as their official language. It is a Romance language that originated in the Iberian Peninsula.
- Wilujeung tepang taun
Sundanese is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken by about 39 million people mainly in western Java in Indonesia. There are also speakers in Banten, Jakarta, parts of western Central Java and southern Lampung. It is the third most-spoken language in Indonesia.
- aelles Guade zom Gebordzdag
Swabian, a Germanic language closely related to German, Bavarian, and Dutch, is spoken by over 800,000 people, mainly in the Swabia region of southwestern Germany, as well as in parts of Hungary and Romania.
- Furaha ya kuzaliwa
— is the Swahili word for happy birthday
Swahili is a Bantu languages spoken by the Swahili communities in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- lusuku lwekutalwa loluhle
Swati or Swazi is a Bantu language of the Nguni group spoken in Eswatini and South Africa by the Swazi people. It is the official language of Swaziland (along with English) and since 1994 one of the nine indigenous languages to enjoy official recognition in South Africa. The number of speakers is estimated to be in the region of 2.4 million.
- Grattis på födelsedagen
— the Swedish word for happy birthday
- Grattis på födelsedagen
— happy birthday to you in Swedish
Swedish is a North Germanic language, closely related to Norwegian and Danish spoken by around 10 million people. A descendant of Old Norse, it is the national language of Sweden and the official language of the Åland Islands.
- Häppi Börsdei
- Alles Guete zum Geburi
Swiss German (Schweizerdeutsch) is the collective name for the great variety of Upper German dialects spoken in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, in the Austrian province of Vorarlberg, in parts of Baden-Württemberg in Germany and Alsace in France.
- Maligayang kaarawan
Tagalog is an Austronesian language spoken as a first language by a quarter of the population of the Philippines and as a second language by the majority. Its standardized form, officially named Filipino, is the national language of the Philippines, and is one of two official languages alongside English.
- Ia ‘oa’oa ‘oe i to ‘oe ôro’a fānauraa
— is the Tahitian articulation for happy birthday
Tahitian belongs to the Eastern Polynesian language group, spoken mainly on the Society Islands in French Polynesia and Bora Bora.
- 祝你生日快乐 zhù nǐ shēngrì kuàilè
Taiwanese Hokkien is the Hokkien dialect of Min Nan as spoken by about 70 percent of the population of Taiwan.
- Зодрӯз муборак
Tajik is the main language of Tajikistan, closely related to Farsi and Kurdish. Since the late 1930s, it is written using a variant of the Cyrillic script.
- பிறந்தநாள் வாழ்த்துக்கள்
— the general term for happy birthday in Tamil
- பிறந்தநாள் வாழ்த்துக்கள் (Piṟantanāḷ vāḻttukkaḷ)
— happy birthday to you in Tamil
Tamil is a Dravidian language spoken in southern India, Sri Lanka and Singapore by about 67.5 million people. It can also be heard in Mauritius and Malaysia.
- Aseggwas ifulkin
- Amulli ameggaz
Tarifit or Tarifit Berber is spoken by around 4 million speakers in Arrif (Northern Africa) and Europe.
- Туган көн белән Tugan konen belen
Tatar (татарча), the national language of the Tatars, is a Turkic language spoken mainly in the Russian republic of Tatarstan as well as Siberia by about 7 million people in Central Asia. It refers to the Volga-Kipchak Kipchak subgroup of the Turkic group of languages.
- పుట్టినరోజు శుభాకాంక్షలు (Puṭṭinarōju śubhākāṅkṣalu)
- నీకు పుట్టిన రోజు శుభాకాంక్షలు (Nīku puṭṭina rōju śubhākāṅkṣalu)
— happy birthday to you in Telugu
Telugu is a Dravidian language spoken in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and the union territories of Puducherry by 75 million Telugu people.
How to say happy birthday in Thai:
- สุขสันต์วันเกิด (S̄uk̄hs̄ạnt̒ wạn keid)
Thai ภาษาไทย, the sole official and national language of Thailand, spoken by 50 million people, belongs to the Tai group of the Kra–Dai language family of Southeast Asia.
- ke-kar nyimo la tashi delek
— This is the Tibetan phrase for happy birthday
Tibetan is an official language of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. The Tibetic languages are a cluster of Tibeto-Burman languages descended from Old Tibetan, spoken across a wide area of eastern Central Asia bordering the Indian subcontinent, including the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayas.
- እንኳዕ ተወለድካ
Tigrinya is a Semitic language commonly spoken by around 9.85 million people in Eritrea and in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia.
- Hamamas mama karim dei lo yu
Tok Pisin, more commonly known as New Guinea Pidgin, is a creole language spoken throughout Papua New Guinea, where it is an official language. It is the most widely used language in the country, spoken by around 120,000 people.
- Malo e lelei
- Ia manuia le aso fanau
— This is the Tongan phrase for happy birthday
Tongan is an Austronesian language of the Polynesian branch mainly spoken in Tonga, where it is the official language.
- Ulihelisdi Udetiyisgv
Cherokee (Tsalagi) belongs to the Iroquoian language family. The Cherokee language is unique among Native American languages in that it is both a written and spoken language.
- Duvha la mabebo lavhudi
Tshivenda or Venda is a Bantu language spoken by the Venda people of South Africa where it is an official language.
- siku lerinene ro velekiwa
Tsonga is a Bantu language spoken by the Tsonga people totalling 12 million people mainly in South Africa, but also Mozambique and Eswatini.
- masego a letsatsi la matsalo
Tswana, also known by its native name Setswana, is a Bantu language spoken by about 4.4 million people in Bostwana, where it is the national and majority language, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The majority of speakers, about 3.6 million, live in South Africa, where the language is officially recognised.
- Doğum günün kutlu olsun
— the Turkish words for happy birthday
- Iyi ki doğdun
Turkish is a Turkic language believed to be of the Altaic language family spoken mainly in Turkey, Northern Cyprus, Cyprus and other countries of the former Ottoman Empire by about 88 million people.
- Doglan günüň bilen
Turkmen belongs to the Turkic language family and is spoken by around 11 million Turkmen people of Central Asia, mainly in Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and Iran.
- Manuia te aso fānau
— the Tuvaluan words for happy birthday
Tuvaluan is a Polynesian language that is native to Tuvalu, Fiji, Kiribati, and Nauru.
- awoda pa
Twi, or Akan kasa, is a dialect of the Akan Niger-Congo language family spoken by the Akan people in southern and central Ghana.
- З Днем народження (z dnem narodzhennya)
— the Ukranian phrase for happy birthday
Ukrainian is an Eastern Slavic language spoken mainly in Ukraine by about 51 million people.
- سالگرہ مبارک
— stands for happy birthday in Urdu
- آپ کو جنم دن مبارک ہو
— happy birthday to you in Urdu
Urdu is the official national language and lingua franca of Pakistan. It is a member of the Indo-Aryan group within the Indo-European family of languages and is mutually intelligible with Hindi.
- تۇغۇلغان كۈنىڭىزگە مۇبارەك Tughulghan kuningizge mubarek bolsun
Uyghur is a Turkic language of the Karluk branch written in a Uyghur Perso-Arabic script. It is spoken primarily by 10 million Uyghur people in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.
- Tug’ilgan kuning bilan
Uzbek is a Turkic language that is the official national language of Uzbekistan spoken by around 27 million people.
How to express happy birthday in Vietnamese:
- Chúc mừng sinh nhật
Vietnamese is an Austroasiatic language spoken mainly in Vietnam, where it is the national and official language, by about 82 million people.
- Penblwydd hapus
— how to say happy birthday in Welsh
Welsh is a Brittonic language of the Celtic language family spoken natively in Wales, and by some in England.
- bés bu dellu ci moo neex
Wolof is a national language of Senegal, where it is spoken by approximately 5.4 million people as a first language. It belongs to the Atlantic group of the Niger-Congo language family and is the native language of the Wolof people.
- Usuku lokuzalwa olumnandi
— is the Xhosa saying for happy birthday
Xhosa is a Nguni Bantu language with click consonants and is one of the official languages of South Africa. It is spoken as a first language by approximately 8.2 million people and by another 11 million as a second language in South Africa, mostly in Eastern Cape Province.
- מזל דיין געבורסטאָג A freilekhn gebortstog
Yiddish is the historical language of the Ashkenazi Jews originating during the 9th century in Central Europe. Belonging to the Indo-European language family, it is spoken by 1.5 million people.
- O ku ojo ibi
- Ajodun ayo fun e
Yoruba is a pluricentric language spoken in West Africa with the number of speakers estimated between 30 and 40 million. It is a language spoken principally in Nigeria and Benin, with communities in Sierra Leone, Liberia, other parts of Africa.
- Usuku olumnandi lokuzalwa
— is the expression for happy birthday in Zulu
Zulu is a member of the Bantu/Nguni family of languages. It is one of the official languages of South Africa spoken by about 10 million people mainly in Zululand and northern Natal in South Africa and also in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, and Eswatini.
That’s happy birthday in all the languages! Before you go, check out:
Happy Birthday in Other Languages – BONUS
American Sign Language (ASL)
How to sign happy birthday in American Sign Language:
- Start with the sign for happy by brushing a flat hand over your heart a couple of times. This is followed by touching the middle finger of one hand first to your chin, then to your chest.
American Sign Language is a complete, natural language that has the same linguistic properties as spoken languages, with grammar that differs from English, expressed by movements of the hands and face.
British Sign Language (BSL)
How to sign happy birthday in British Sign Language:
- Flat hands with palms facing upwards begin by waist & move forwards. Flat hands then move upwards in an arc movement.
British Sign Language is a sign language used in the United Kingdom as the first or preferred language of some deaf people. The language makes use of space and involves movement of the hands, body, face, and head.
- Asshekhqoyi vezhvena
Dothraki is a constructed fictional language spoken by the Dothraki, a nomadic people in the fictional world of George Martin’s fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire and its television adaptation the Game of Thrones.
How do you say happy birthday in Elvish?
- Edinor veren
Elvish Sindarin is one of the fictional languages created by J. R. R. Tolkien for use in his fantasy stories set in Arda, primarily in Middle-earth. Sindarin is one of the many languages spoken by the Elves, called the Eledhrim or Edhellim in Sindarin.
- Feliĉan naskiĝtagon
Esperanto is an artificially constructed language and belongs to no linguistic family, with most of its vocabulary coming from the Romance languages. This phonetic language is the most widely spoken constructed international auxiliary language.
- qoSlIj DatIvjaj
Klingon is a language that was made for the Klingons in the Star Trek movie. It is a constructed language, and not one that developed naturally. Only a few people can speak the Klingon language well enough to talk in it.
- a’o gleki jbedetke’u
Lojban is a carefully constructed spoken language created by the Logical Language Group in 1987. Lojban is proposed as a speakable language for communication between people of different language backgrounds. With its 1350 root words that can be easily combined to form a vocabulary of millions of words, it is considered as easy to learn.
Minionese spoken by the minions of the Despicable Me movie series appears to be a polyglot language which borrows words and grammatical rules from many different languages.
- ftxozäri aylrrtok ngaru
Na’vi is a constructed language, created for the fictional Na’vi, the humanoid inhabitants of the moon Pandora in the 2009 film Avatar.
- Alassëa nosta
Quenya is one of the fictional languages devised by J. R. R. Tolkien and used by the immortal Elves in the Lord of the Rings and as inspiration for countless travel quotes. Tolkien began devising the language around 1910 and restructured the grammar several times until Quenya reached its final state. The vocabulary remained relatively stable throughout the creation process.
LEARN THESE OTHER WORDS TOO!
MY LOVE: Read this guide to say my love in different language of the world
BEAUTIFUL: Read this guide to say beautiful in all languages
LIGHT: Read this guide to say light in many languages
FAMILY: Read this guide to say family in other languages
GOOD NIGHT: night in different languages
GOOD BYE: Bye in different languages
HELLO: Read this guide to say hi in every language of the world.
THANK YOU: Read this guide to say thanks in every language of the world
CHEERS: Cheers in all languages
GOOD MORNING: morning in different languages
LOVER: lover in different languages
Aaaaaaaand now you know how to say happy birthday in every language of the world!
OVER TO YOU GUYS!
What is the word for birthday in your home language? Extra points if you can speak several languages… Let me know in the comments.
If you see an error here or if your language is missing from this list, please comment and let me know!
Best wishes to you <3