Interested in impressing a birthday celebrant? Instead of plainly greeting in English, you can simply say お 誕生 日 おめでとう ご ざ い ます (pronounced as o tanjoubi omedetou) as this is the most casual way of wishing someone a happy birthday in Japanese. If you are the one who is being greeted by your friends with such a phrase, it would be wise to simply respond with a hearty 誕生日のお祝いありがとう ご ざ い ます (pronounced as tanjoubi no oiwai arigatōgozaimasu) to say thank you. If you are interested to learn more about how you can send a birthday wish in different styles, you've come to the right place!
No matter where you are in the world, it is impossible not to get invited to any birthday celebration may it be for your close friends, family member, or colleague. For many of us, this wonderful day is not just about the symbolism of aging but also a reminder to embrace someone's life and the challenges they overcame. Therefore, sending celebratory phrases makes sense!
So, if you are truly interested in making your close Japanese friend happy and feel special, it would be wise to learn some birthday messages in the Japanese language. Unlike western cultures, though, the Japanese people are quite particular with how they greet someone for their birthdays. For instance, they make sure that their birthday wishes are in line with how they view their relationship with the individual, seniority level, and level of formality.
As most of us know, the Japanese language makes use of the honorific prefix or 敬語 (Keigo) in order to prevent miscommunication or offending someone. For this reason, even their birthday greeting may differ depending on the person they are speaking with. In order to get to know more about why birthday wishing is important in the Japanese culture, continue reading below.
In general, the Japanese people are not as expressive as other nationalities, and several of their local phrases are reserved only for special occasions. However, one special occasion that a lot of young people are excited about is celebrating their birthday party since this is one of the specific times where they get warm greetings from their family, friends, and their special person. For this reason, they will truly appreciate hearing a great birthday wish from a close friend like you!
In addition to saying a happy birthday in Japanese, you might also want to learn a few Japanese traditions, which can make your greetings even more special.
Now that we have an idea of how to celebrate Japanese birthdays let's now draw our attention to the basic greetings.
Aside from mastering the basic Japanese greetings, learning how to greet someone with a wonderful birthday is a great way to instantly connect with the locals. Who knows, you might end up having a best friend just by simply expressing yourself in their language. Take note of these 4 basic phrases and what they mean.
|Happy birthday||おたんじょうび おめでとう / お 誕生 日 おめでとう||Otanjoubi omedetou||Casual|
|Happy birthday||おたんじょうび おめでとう ございます||Otanjoubi omedetou gozaimasu||Formal|
|Happy birthday||はっぴーばーすでー||Happi Baasudee / Happy bazde||Casual|
|Happy (age) birthday||ーさい の たんじょび おめでとう||[Number]-sai no tanjoubi omedetou||Casual|
Now that we know what each phrase means, we'd also love to help you give additional birthday wishes.
|Have a great [birth] day!||すてきなたんじょうびを過ごしてください||Sutekina tanjō biwo sugoshite kudasai|
|May your wishes come true!||おたんじょうびの願いがかないますように!||O tanjō bino negai ga kanaimasu yō ni!|
|Have a nice day!||素晴らしい一日を||Subarashī tsuitachi o|
|I wish you a wonderful year ahead!||素晴らしい 一年 に なります よう に||Subarashī ichinen ni narimasu yō ni|
|May all your wishes come true!||あなた の 願いが全て叶いますように||Anata no negai ga subete kanaimasu yō ni|
|Please continue to be happy||これ から も どうぞ おげんき で いて ください||Kore kara mo dōzo o genkide ite kudasai|
|May your future be filled with joy||これ から の じんせい が しあわせ で あふれます よう に||Kore kara no jin sei ga shiawasede afuremasu yō ni|
|Stay healthy||健康を維持する||Kenkō o iji suru|
Now that we have learned all the phrases used in Japan related to birthdays, it is only fitting that we also give you a few Japanese words which you might encounter on traditional Japanese birthdays or when speaking about this topic.
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