German Lesson (41) - How to Say "Happy Birthday" in German - A1



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How to Say Happy Birthday in German

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The most common ways of wishing “happy birthday” in German are "Alles Gute zum Geburtstag" and “ Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag.” However, there are also other ways to offer birthday wishes in German. Here are several examples you may find useful.

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  1. Exclaim "Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!"This is the closest translation to “happy birthday” used in German, and it means something along the lines of “all the best for your birthday.”
    • Allesis a pronoun meaning "everything" or "all."
    • Guteis derived from the German adjective "gut," meaning "good," "fine," or "nice."
    • The termzumcomes from the German preposition "zu," meaning "to" or "for."
    • Geburtstagmeans "birthday" in German.
    • Pronounce the entire birthday greeting asah-less goo-teh tsuhm geh-buhrtz-tahg.
  2. Offer "Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag." This is an equally common, congratulatory birthday greeting.
    • It can be translated as "heartfelt congratulations for your birthday" or "many happy returns."
    • Herzlichenis derived from the German adjective "herzlich," meaning "heartfelt," "sincere," or "cordial."
    • Glückwunschmeans "congratulation."
    • The termzummeans "on" or "for," andGeburtstagmeans "birthday."
    • Pronounce the statement ashairtz-lich("ch" as in "aCH" NOT as in "CHair")-enn glook-vuhnsh tsoom geh-buhrtz-tahg.
  3. Say "Herzlichen Glückwunsch nachträglich" or "Nachträglich alles Gute zum Geburtstag" for late wishes.Both are equivalent to saying "happy belated birthday" in English.
    • Nachträglichmeans "later" or "belated."
    • Herzlichen Glückwunsch nachträglichmeans "heartfelt congratulations belated." Pronounce it ashairtz-lich("ch" as in "ach" NOT as in "CHair")-enn glook-vuhnsh nach("ch" as in "aCH" NOT as in "CHair")-traygh-lich("ch" as in "aCH" NOT as in "CHair").
    • "Nachträglich alles Gute zum Geburtstag" means "belated all the best for your birthday." Pronounce it asnach(again as in "aCH")-traygh-lich(again as in "aCH") ah-less goo-teh tsoom geh-buhrtz-tahg.
  4. State "Alles das Beste zum Geburtstag!" This is another way of saying "all the best for your birthday."
    • Allesmeans "all" or "everything,"zummeans "for," andGeburtstagmeans "birthday."
    • Das Bestemeans "the best."
    • Pronounce this sentiment asah-less dahss behsteh tsoom geh-buhrtz-tahg.
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Method 1 Quiz

How should you pronounce "Herzlichen?"

Longer Birthday Wishes

  1. Say "Wir wünschen Ihnen einen wunderschönen Tag." Use this statement to wish the birthday boy or birthday girl a wonderful day.
    • Wirmeans "we" in English.
    • Wünschenis a German verb meaning "wish," "want," or "desire."
    • Ihnenis a polite way of saying "you." To make this statement informal or casual, replaceIhnenwithDir,the informal version of "you." PronounceDirasdeahr.
    • Einenmeans "one" or "a."
    • Wunderschönenmeans "lovely," "wonderful," or "beautiful."
    • Tagmeans "day."
    • You should pronounce this sentence asveer vuhnshen ee-nen aye-nen vuhn-deher-shuhn-nen tahg.
  2. Hopefully state "Auf dass Ihr Tag mit Liebe und Freude erfüllt ist." This phrase roughly means, "May your day be filled with love and happiness."
    • Aufmeans "on" or "upon."
    • Dassis a German conjunction meaning "that" in English.
    • Ihris a polite way of saying "your." For a more informal way of saying "your," useDein,pronounced asdine.
    • Tagmeans "day."
    • Mitmeans "with."
    • Liebemeans love. The termundmeans "and," andFreudemeans "joy" or "happiness."
    • The phraseerfüllt isttranslates roughly into "filled with."
    • Pronounce the whole thing asowf dahss eer tahg mitt lee-beh oond froy-deh ehr-foolt ist.
  3. Tell someone "Schade, dass wir nicht mitfeiern können" when you cannot celebrate in person.This phrase means "Shame we cannot be there to celebrate with you." Use it over the phone, in a greeting card, or in an e-mail when you cannot give the individual birthday wishes in person.
    • Schademeans "shame" or "pity."
    • The worddassmeans "that" andwirmeans "we."
    • The termnichtmeans "not," andkönnenmeans "can."
    • Mitfeiernmeans "celebrate together."
    • Pronounce the sentiment asshah-deh dahss veer neecht("ch" as in "aCH" NOT as in "CHair" mitt-fy-ehrn keu-nenn.
  4. Ask "Wie geht’s dem Geburtstagkind?" This question asks, “how is the birthday boy?” or “how is the birthday girl?”
    • Wie geht’sis a German interjection that means "how are you doing?" in English.
    • The termdemmeans "the."
    • Geburtstagkindcan mean either "birthday boy" or "birthday girl."
    • The expression as a whole should be pronounced asvee gates dehm geh-buhrtz-tahg-kint.
  5. Also ask "Wie alt bist du?" This question is used to ask someone's age.
    • Wiemeans "how" andaltmeans "old."Bistmeans "are."
    • The termdumeans "you." For a more polite form of the word "you," useSie", prefixed by "sind" instead of "bist", i.e. "Wie alt sind Sie?"
    • Pronounce the entire question asvee ahlt bist due(or "vee ahlt zindt zee")
  6. Offer "Alles Liebe zum Geburtstag." This sentiment means something along the lines of "much love for your birthday."
    • Allesmeans "all" or "everything." The phrase "zum Geburtstag" means "for your birthday."
    • Liebemeans "love."
    • This sentiment should be pronounced asah-less lee-beh tsoom geh-buhrtz-tahg.
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Method 2 Quiz

How will you make the phrase "Wir wünschen Ihnen einen wunderschönen Tag" less formal?

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    "Danke" or "Danke schön" - the longer one is more formal. Think "thank you very much" instead of "thanks."
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    "Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, mein/meine Lieber/Liebe" ("mein Lieber" is masculine, "meine Liebe" is feminine).
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    There is no word-for-word translation, but you could say, "Alles gute zum achtzehnten geburtstag." You can also try saying it in English, as Germans usually sing the English version of 'Happy Birthday.'
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    "I love you" in German is "Ich Liebe dich".
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    "Zum Geburtstag viel Glück" is not a common phrase that a German would say - stick to the ones in the article. "Zum Geburtstag viel Glück" are the German lyrics to the song Happy Birthday - the melody is the same.
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    "Glücklicher neunzigzig Geburtstag" is German for "happy 90th birthday".
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    Lieber Darren is German for Dear Darren. Assuming you are writing a formal letter.
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    Viel Glueck zum achzigsten Geburtstag! Pronounced: Feel gleck tsoom ah-tsik-sten gayh-boor-ts-tahk.
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The most common way to say "happy birthday" in German is "Alles Gute zum Geburtstag." Another very common way to wish someone happy birthday is by saying "Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag." If you missed someone's birthday and you want to wish them a belated happy birthday, you can say "Herzlichen Glückwunsch nachträglich" or "Nachträglich alles Gute zum Geburtstag."

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