Celebrations, of any kind, usually gather large groups of people in Latin America, and Spanish birthdays are no exceptions to this rule. Latin American people like to make big parties and celebrate among friends and family.
In this lesson, you will learn some of the most common phrases in order to congratulate a birthday person, the Spanish Happy Birthday song (and some of its variations in different countries) and vocabulary when at the party!
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In some countries, the song may vary a bit, here are some examples:
There is a popular song called 'Las mañanitas'. This song is usually sung with all the guests gathered around the birthday person before they blow out the candles.
Here are some helpful words that will come in handy at a Spanish Birthday party:
Fiesta de Cumpleaños
Pastel de Frutas
Pastel de Vainilla
Some phrases commonly used to congratulate the person are:
¡Mis mejores deseos!
¡Mis mejores deseos en tu día!
Best wishes on your day!
¡Que la pases bien!
Hope you have a good time!
¡Que Dios te bendiga!
May God Bless you!
¡Que cumplas muchos años más!
May you live many more! (years)
If you are talking to the birthday person, some people may ask:
Y, ¿piensas hacer algo?
And, are you planning to do something?
¿Dónde es la fiesta?
Where's the party?
¿Lo vas a celebrar?
Are you going to celebrate it?
¿Vas a salir?
Are you going out?
The length of the celebration may vary according to the type of person and where they celebrate it. When the party is for children, there is usually a piñata (a clay figure in different shapes, that contains candy). It hangs from a rope and usually an adult moves it up and down.
Children are blindfolded and spun around; then they are given a wooden stick which is used in order to break the piñata. People shout in order to confuse the children, shouting it is up or down, left or right.
Here’s some audio you will hear in a piñata or birthday parties for kids:
That’s it for today’s Spanish lesson on saying Happy Birthday. I hope you enjoyed it, that you learned new expressions, and improve your pronunciation!
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Mauricio Evlampieff: Rocket Spanish
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