Happy Birthday in Japanese
In this lesson we learn how to wish a friend happy birthday in Japanese. Listen carefully to the Japanese pronunciation of happy birthday and practice speaking aloud until you feel confident.
Pronouncing Happy Birthday in Japanese
The "o" at the beginning of tanjyoubi is an honorific prefix to show politeness. Without the honorific "o", the word for birthday is:
You can also use omedetou as an informal way to congratulate someone in general. It's very useful! Let's practice it on its own:
Asking for someone's ageHere is a useful phrase when you want to ask your friend how old they are turning!
You might hear their reply in the following format -
That's all for today! Be sure to use these phrases the next time you want to wish a friend "happy birthday" in Japanese.