3 ways to say “happy birthday” in French

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3 ways to say “happy birthday” in French
3 ways to say “happy birthday” in French
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Do you have a French friend or family member whose birthday is coming up? Why don't you surprise him with a greeting in French? This wikiHow teaches you different ways to say "Happy Birthday" in that language.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: Method One: Standard Birthday Greetings

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Step 1. Exclaim “Joyeux anniversaire

”. This is the first of two standard "happy birthday" greetings used in France.

  • Note that you can use this phrase in Québec and other French-speaking parts of Canada, but it is not the most common way to offer birthday wishes there.
  • This phrase translates directly to "happy birthday."
  • Joyeux means "happy", "joyous" or "jubilant".
  • Anniversaire can mean "birthday" or "anniversary," but when said alone, it more commonly refers to one's birthday. To refer to a wedding anniversary, you would say "anniversaire de mariage".
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Step 2. Change to "Bon anniversaire

"This is the second of two standard“happy birthday”greetings used in France.

  • As with joyeux anniversaire, bon anniversaire can be used and understood in French-speaking parts of Canada, but it is not the most common birthday greeting there.
  • Bon usually means "good" or "good". As such, this phrase is more directly translated as "good birthday" rather than "happy birthday."
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Step 3. Use "bonne fête" in French-speaking Canada. This is the most casual and commonly used way to say “happy birthday” in French-speaking Canada, such as Québec

  • Unlike "joyeux anniversaire" and "bon anniversaire", "bonne fête" cannot be used in France and Canada. In France, "bonne fête" is normally used when wishing someone a good "saint's day". The "saint's day" refers to the feast day of the Roman Catholic saint for which one is named.
  • Bonne is another French term that means "good" or "good".
  • Fête means "party" or "festival".
  • More directly translated, "bonne fête" means "have a good party."

Method 2 of 3: Method Two: Less Common Birthday Greetings

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Step 1. Offer a "Passe une merveilleuse journée

"In Spanish, this expression means something similar to" have a wonderful birthday "or" have a wonderful day."

  • Passe is a conjugated form of the French verb "passer", which means "to pass".
  • Merveilleuse translates to "wonderful".
  • Une journée means "one day".
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Step 2. Tell someone "meilleurs voeux"

Use this phrase to express your "best wishes" to someone on their birthday.

  • Note that this is not a particularly common birthday greeting, but its use is acceptable.
  • Meilleurs translates to "best" and "voeux" translates to "wishes" or "greetings."
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Step 3. State "félicitations"

Use this greeting to congratulate someone on their birthday.

  • This is not a particularly common way to wish someone "happy birthday", but it is slightly more common to wish someone a birthday in France than in the United States.
  • Félicitations translates directly as "congratulations" in Spanish.
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Step 4. Question "quel âge as-tu?

"This question is used to ask someone how old they are.

  • Only ask this question if you know the person well and have already wished them a happy birthday. This can easily be construed as rude. Either way, you wouldn't ask a stranger how old he is!
  • Quel means "what" or "which".
  • The French word "âge" means "age" in Spanish.

Method 3 of 3: Method Three: Longer Birthday Greetings

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Step 1. Say "Je te souhaite plein de bonheur en cette journée spéciale"

This sentence could be translated as "wishing you all the happiness on your special day" or "I wish you much happiness on this special day."

  • Je means "I" and te is a direct object pronoun used to refer to "you".
  • Souhaite means "desire", plein means "full", de means "of" and bonheur means "happiness".
  • En means "in", cette means "this", journée means "day" and spéciale means "special".
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Step 2. Say to someone "That your joyeux encore de nombreuses années

"This expression means something along the lines of" may you have many more happy birthdays "or" may many happy years come. "You are essentially wishing someone many more happy birthdays to come.

  • Which means "what", tu means "you" and joyeux means "happy".
  • Encore means "yet" or "yet" and expresses the "yet to come" part of this phrase.
  • Nombreuses means "many" and années means "years".
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Step 3. You want "Que tous tes desirs se réalisent"

This expression means "may all your dreams (or wishes) come true."

  • Tous means "all" and tes means "your".
  • Désirs can mean "wishes", "dreams" or "wills".
  • Se réalisent means "are realized".

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