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"Happy Birthday" in many languages July 15, 2008

Posted by Fantastic Four in Language, Mini Glossary, Phrases, Translation.
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Since this is a linguistic blog, I had to find an equally linguistic way to say “Happy Birthday” to one of my favourite bloggers in the whole wide blogosphere, who is celebrating his birthday on this day, July 15th.

I found this table on the website of Warsaw School of Economics. It lists a whole bunch of languages and how to say Happy Birthday – or something to that effect – in quite a few languages.

Afrikaans
Gelukkige Verjaarsdag
Albanian
Gëzuar Ditëlindjen
Amharic
Melkam lidet

Arabic
Aid milad saeed
Armenian
Ierchanik Daretarts
Aymara
Urupa muñasiñani
Azeri
Ad Gunun Mubarek
Bahasa
Selamat Ulang Tahun
Bambara
Ala ka san o san ké i kéné gnina
Basque
Zorionak
Belarussian
Bengali
Janmadivas mater Shubhkamona
Bhojpuri
Tohara janam din par bahut bahut mubarak ho
Brasilian Portugese
Feliz Aniversário
Bulgarian

Chestit Rojden Den
Catalan
Per molts anys
Chobacano
Compleanyo
Chinese

Shēng rì kuaì lè
Croatian
Srećan rođendan
Czech
Všechno nejlepši k narozeninám
Danish
Tillykke med fødselsdagen
Dhuo
Cham anyuola maber
Dhivehi
ufaaveri ufandhuvaheh
Dolfin
Mayin bharatig
Dutch
Hartelijk Gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag
Prettige verjaardag
Gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag
English
Happy Birthday!
Estonian

Palju õnne!
Palju õnne sünnipäevaks

Filipino
Maligayang Kaarawan
Finnish
Hyvää Syntymäpäivää
French
Bon anniversaire
Joyeux anniversaire
Galician
Feliz Cumpreanos
Georgian
gilotsav dabadebis dges
German
Alles Gute zum Geburtstag
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag
Greek

Greenlandic
Inuuissiorninni pilluarit
Gujurathi
Vadhdeevasanimate shubetsha
Hawaiian
Hauoli la hanau
Hebrew
Yom Hooledet Samea’ach
Hindi
Varshaghat ki shubhakamana
Janam Din Ki Subhkamana
Hungarian
Boldog születésnapot
Icelandic
Til hamingju með afmælið
Indonesian Selamat ulang tahun (Thank you Yuliana)
Irish
Lá breithe shona dhuit
(as corrected by Conan)
Italian
Buon compleanno
Japanese
Otanjoubi omedetou
Kalenjin
Baibaitu eng’ betut ne kikisigin
Kannada
janma dinada subhashayagalu
Kashmiri
Voharvod Mubarak Chuy
Kazak
Tugan kunumen kuttiktaem
Kikuyu
muthenya waguciaruo muega
Kiswahili
Heri ya siku yako ya kuzaliwa
Korean
Saeng il Chuk ha hae
Latin
Boenos Anos
Latvian

Lithuanian
Su Gimimo diena
in Luxemburg

Macedonian
Среќен роденден
Malay
Selamat Hari Jadi
Maltese
Il festa it tajba

L-isbaħ xewqat f-għeluq sninek
Malyalam
Marathi
Vadhdeevasachya shubetchha
Mongolian
Tursun udriin mend hurgey
Nepalese
janma din ko subhakamana
Norwegian
Gratulerer med dagen
Oriya
Shubah Janma Dina
Papiamento
Masha Pabien
Persian
Tavalodat Mobarak
Polish
Wszystkiego najlepszego z okazji urodzin
Portugese
Parabéns
Punjabi
Sode janamdin diya lakh lakh badhaiya
Quechua
cusicuy causayquimanta diayquipaj
Romanian
La multi ani
Russian
Samoan
manuia le aso fanau
Sanskrit

Schweizerdeutsch
schönä Geburtstag
Serbian
Sretan rođendan
Sesotho
Mahlohonolo a letsatsi la matswalo
Setswana
letsatsi la matsalo le le boitumelo
Shona
makorokoto makore akoawande
Sinhalese
Suba oopan dinayak vayva
Sindhi
Thuhinji zindagi mein hamesha khush-haali rahe
Slovak
Vsetko najlepsie k Tvojim narodeninam
Slovenian
Vse najboljse za rojstni dan
Vse najboljše
Spanish
Feliz cumpleaños
in Swaziland
Lusuku Lwekutalwa Loluhle
Swedish
Grattis på fodelsedagen
in Taiwan

Tamil
Pirandhanaal Vaazhththukal
Tagalog
Maligayang Bati sa iyong Kaarawan
Telugu
Janma dhina shubhakankshalu
Thai
Suk Son one Gurt
in Togo
dzigbe za be dzogbe nyuie na wo
Turkish
1) Doğum günün kutlu olsun /
2) Nice yaşlara
in Uganda
kulikka okutukka kumazalibwa
Ukrainian
Urdu
Saalgirah Mubarak
Valencian
Feliç aniversari
Vicaya
Malipayan Katawhan
Vietnamese
Chuc Sinh Nhat Vui Ve
Warlpiri
Yimi nguvrju
Welsh
Penblwydd Hapus
Xhosa
Ube nemini yokuzalwa emnandi
Yiddish
freylekhn geburtstog
Yoruba
E ku ajoyo ojo ibi
Zulu
Usuku lokuzalwa olumnandi
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Comments»

1. conortje - July 15, 2008

How wonderful I am going to start using these on birthday cards from now on 🙂

2. Conan Drumm - July 15, 2008

I think Lá breithe shona dhuit! is the usual Irish.

3. Gayé Terzioglu - July 15, 2008

Conor ~ Mine is on September 13th. I will e-mail you my address. 😀

Conan ~ Changed accordingly. I actually had to modify/correct the Turkish section also, before posting the table. Well it’s a start anyways, maybe more people will see it and let us know what the correct translation is in their language.
Go raibh mile maith agat Conan! (spelling?)

4. Grandad - July 15, 2008

Hah! So Sneezy shares a birthday with our K8 the GR8? I wonder if they are related??

5. Gaye - July 16, 2008

Wow it is K8’s birthday, too!
I will have to pop in (well visit her blog I mean) and give her a birthday hug then.
G

6. Baino - July 16, 2008

Coolio! I have a Hungarian and a Finnish commenter so now I can wish them happy b’day too! I’m saving the list.

7. Gayé Terzioglu - July 17, 2008

Very glad to be of service indeed.

8. Nick - July 22, 2008

Not sure exactly when I’d use the Latin unless I’m at a seance, some Roman Emperor turns up and it just happens to be his birthday. But some of the others could be very useful.

9. Gayé Terzioglu - July 24, 2008

Ok, ok, I got it Nick! You don’t think much of Latin anyways and yes no one speaks it today, so? I won’t take it out of the list because of that trivial reason. Heads up, my next post will be verb conjugations in Latin. He he! 🙂

10. Yuliana Fransisca - December 21, 2008

sorry,, but in indonesian,, it’s ‘selamat ulang tahun’
not ‘selamat hari djadi’

11. Gaye - December 21, 2008

Hello and welcome Yuliana.

I will correct this on the list. Thank you 🙂

And in that case, what does “selamat hari djadi” mean, if I may ask?

Cheers,
Gaye

12. Surabaya Robby-Amsterdam - January 13, 2010

Indonesian: “Selamat ulang tahun” should be “Selamat Hari Ulang Tahun” (Hari = Day, Tahun=Year)
“Selamat Hari Jadi” literally means “Happy day of birth”
Hartelijk Gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag: lit. Hearty/warm congratulation on your birthday.
Prettige verjaardag: lit. Nice/pleasant birthday
Gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag: lit. congratulation on your birthday.


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