Happy Birthday in Japanese
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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 age
Here is a useful phrase when you want to ask your friend how old they are turning!
なん さい です か？
Nan sai desu ka?
How old are (you)? (informal)
You might hear their reply in the following format -
私の誕生日は .... 年 .... 月 .... 日です
わたしの たんじょうびは .... ねん .... がつ .... にち です
Watashino tanjōbiwa (year) nen (month) gatsu (day) nichi desu.
My birthday is on [day] [month] [year].
That's all for today! Be sure to use these phrases the next time you want to wish a friend "happy birthday" in Japanese. Here are a few recommended Japanese lessons to try next!
- Talking about your health in Japanese.
- Break the ice by talking about your hobbies in Japanese.
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