Frohe Geburtstag

RobertD50

RobertD50

I'm curious. While the lessons present a number of ways to wish someone a happy birthday, "frohe Geburtstag" is not among them. That was what we were taught decades ago in my high school & college German classes. Is that outdated? Regional? Only something you see in writing, not spoken? Overly formal? Slang?

Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor

Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor

Guten Tag RobertD50!

 

The most common phrases for wishing someone a happy birthday are  “Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!" and “Herzlichen Glückwunsch (zum Geburtstag)!” You could say “Frohes Geburtstagsfest!” - “Happy birthday party!”, however this would be less common.

 

For festive occasions such as easter and christmas it is more common to use “frohe” as in “Frohe Ostern!” - “Happy Easter!" and “Frohe Weihnachten!”- “Merry Christmas!"

 

Hope this helps!

 

Viele Grüße,

Julia

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