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So if you have a Spanish friend then he will like, if you will send him Happy Birthday wishes in his language. This will be a very nice gesture of you. They will feel.

Greetings and Farewells

Spanish Vocabulary

Greetings in Spanish

In Spanish there are different ways of greeting and saying hello depending on the context of the situation, the time of day and who you are talking to. Some of the most common expressions are:

  • Hola (informal)
    - Hi. - For any time of day. This is the most common greeting in Spanish.
  • Buenos días
    - Good morning
  • Buenas tardes
    - Good afternoon
  • Buenas noches
    - Good evening / Good night
  • Que tengas buenos días ... (informal)
    - Have a good day
  • Que tenga (ud.) buenos días ... (formal)
    - Have a good day
  • Que gusto de verte (informal)
    - It's nice to see you
  • Que gusto de verlo (formal)
    - I'm glad to see you
  • Tanto tiempo sin verte
    - Long time no see

Asking how someone is in Spanish

Normally the difference between a formal and informal greeting depends on the use of or usted. These are different ways of asking how someone is:

Remember for questions in Spanish we begin with an inverted question mark (¿)

  • ¿Cómo estás (tú)? - informal
    - How are you?
  • ¿Cómo está Usted? - formal
    - How are you?
  • ¿Qué tal?
    - What's up?
  • ¿Cómo has estado? - (se refiere a tu salud o eventos nuevos de tu vida privada)
    - How have you been?
  • ¿Cómo te ha ido?
    - How's everything been going?
  • ¿Cómo te va? (informal)
    - How's it going?
  • ¿Cómo le va? (formal)
    - How are things going for you?
  • ¿Cómo está(n) tu _____? hermano(s), novia, familia, padre(s), etc.
    - How is (are) your brother(s), girlfriend, family, parents...

Asking people what they have been doing of late

These questions are asking about new things the other person has been doing recently (or since the last time you met):

  • ¿Qué has hecho (últimamente)?
    - What have you done (lately)?
  • ¿Qué hay de nuevo?
    - What's new?
  • ¿Qué (me) cuentas?
    - What's new? (literally: What can you tell me?)

These were the day to day greetings, now let's look at the ones for special days and occasions

Greetings for Christmas, New Year and other celebrations

  • Feliz año nuevo
    - Happy New Year
  • Próspero año nuevo
    - Prosperous / Happy New Year
  • Les deseamos una feliz navidad
    - We wish you a merry Christmas
  • Felices fiestas
    - Happy celebrations
  • Felices fiestas patrias
    - Happy National day
  • Quisiera desearles unas bonitas fiestas
    - I would like to wish you a beautiful / wonderful celebration
  • Que tengan unas bonitas fiestas
    - Have a beautiful / wonderful celebration
  • Feliz día de la madre
    - Happy Mother's day
  • Feliz día del padre
    - Happy Father's day
  • Feliz Santo (Santa)
    - Happy Saint's day

Birthday greetings in Spanish

  • Nosotros te deseamos muchas / muchísimas felicidades en tu cumpleaños
    - We wish you a lot of happiness on your birthday
  • Con todo nuestro cariño para ti en este día especial
    - With all of our affection for you on this special day
  • Quisiera desearte muchas felicidades en tu día
    - I would like to wish you much happiness on your day
  • Que tengas un muy feliz cumpleaños
    - Have a happy birthday
  • Te deseo lo mejor en este día
    - I wish you the best on this day

What to say in Spanish when someone is sick

  • Que te mejores pronto
    - Get well soon
  • Que te recuperes pronto
    - Get well / recover soon
  • Le deseo una pronta recuperación (formal)
    - I wish you a quick recovery.

Wishing someone good luck in Spanish

  • ¡Que tengas suerte!
    - Good luck!
  • ¡Qué te vaya bien!
    - Good luck (I hope everything goes well)
  • Buena suerte en ... tu(s) prueba, proyectos, universidad, etc.
    - Good luck in ... your test, project, university etc
  • Te deseamos mucha suerte con ...
    - I wish you a lot of luck with ..
  • Te deseamos lo mejor ...
    - I wish you the best ...
  • ¡Mejor suerte para la próxima vez!
    - Better luck next time!

How to congratulate someone in Spanish

  • ¡Felicitaciones!
    - Congratulations
  • ¡Muy bien!
    - Very good
  • ¡Qué bien!
    - Great!
  • ¡Excelente!
    - Excellent!
  • ¡Qué bien hecho!
    - Well done!
  • ¡Buen trabajo!
    - Good work!
  • ¡Felicidades por tu ... (nuevo hijo, nuevo trabajo...)!
    - Congratulations for your ...
  • ¡Enhorabuena!
    - Congratulations (when someone has just done something - passing an exam, getting a new job - also for the birth of a child or getting married)

Saying goodbye in Spanish

Farewells also depend on the context and the person you are speaking to.

  • Adiós
    - Goodbye / Bye
  • Nos vemos
    - See you
  • Saludos a ... tu mamá, papá, etc.
    - Say hi to ... your mum, dad etc
  • Hasta pronto
    - See you soon
  • Hasta luego
    - See you later / soon
  • Hasta siempre
    - A final goodbye, you will most likely not see each other again
  • Hasta nunca
    - Until never (as in, we'll never see each other again, sometimes said when angry)
  • Hasta mañana
    - Until tomorrow
  • Hasta la otra semana
    - Until next week
  • Hasta el próximo fin de semana
    - Until next weekend
  • Te veo luego
    - See you soon
  • Chao
    - Bye
  • ¡Cuídate! (very common en Chile)
    - Take care
  • Nos estamos viendo...
    - We'll see you around

How to begin a letter in Spanish

  • De nuestra consideración (formal - impersonal)
    - To whom it may concern
  • Estimado señor (formal - for a man)
    - Dear Sir (or Dear Mr... when it is followed by a surname)
  • Estimada señora/señorita (formal - for a woman)
    - Dear Madam (or Dear Mrs... when it is followed by a surname)
  • Querido amigo
    - Dearest Friend (a male friend)
  • Querida amiga
    - Dearest Friend (a female friend)
  • Hola amigo / amiga
    - Hi Mate, Hi friend

Ways of ending a letter in Spanish

  • Saluda cordialmente a Ud. (formal)
    - Yours faithfully
  • Atentamente (formal)
    - Yours truly
  • Sinceramente (formal)
    - Yours Sincerely
  • Cariñosamente
    - Affectionately
  • Marta y yo les deseamos lo mejor (a ustedes)
    - Marta and I wish you the best
  • Déle mis saludos a... (persona indeterminada)
    - Give my regards to ...
  • Esperando... tu respuesta/recibir tu respuesta/saber de ti.
    - Waiting... for your reply/ to receive a reply/to hear from you
  • Quedo a la espera de tu/su respuesta.
    - I await your response
  • Abrazos / Besos de parte de...
    - Hugs / kisses from ...
  • Un saludo desde... (Chile, Londres... etc).
    - Greetings from ... (Hi or Bye from...)
  • Con amor
    - With love
  • Con cariño
    - With affection
  • Escríbeme pronto
    - Write soon

Next Activities

Try our interactive vocabulary game to practise: Greetings and Farewells in Spanish Game

You may want to check out our notes in Spanish about Saludos y Despedidas.

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Want to convey your greetings, thanks, congratulatory messages or condolences in Spanish? If you’re at a loss on what to say to your Spanish-speaking friends during the most important occasions, take your cue from this list and get the Spanish greetings, phrases and sentences you need.

Whether it’s a joyous occasion like the holiday season, a birthday, wedding, a new baby, or a promotion, or maybe an unfortunate event such as an illness or perhaps a death in the family, this article will teach you how to express your well wishes in Spanish.

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¡Feliz cumpleaños!Happy birthday!
¡Que todos tus deseos se hagan realidad!May all your wishes come true!
¡Que cumplas muchos años másMay you enjoy many more years!
¡Que tengas un maravilloso día!Have a wonderful day!
Mis mejores deseos en este día tan especial para ti.Wishing you the best on your special day.
¡Feliz aniversario!Happy anniversary!
¡Felicidades por su aniversario número ,,,!Happy _th anniversary!
¡Felicidades por sus bodas de ...!Congratulations on your ___ wedding anniversary!
... de plata (25)silver (25th)
... de oro (50)golden (50th)
... de diamante (60)diamond (60th)
Estamos con ustedes.We are with you.
Mis condolencias para la familia.My condolences for the family.
Mi más sentido pésame.My deepest condolences.
Lo siento.I´m sorry.
Que encuentren pronta resignación.I hope you recover promptly from your grief.
Lamentamos su pérdida.We are sorry for your loss.
¡Feliz navidad!Merry Christmas!
¡Feliz año nuevo!Happy New Year!
¡Que este año que llega esté lleno de bendiciones!May the coming New Year bring you blessings!
¡Felices Fiestas!Happy Holidays!
¡Feliz navidad y próspero año nuevo!Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Bien hecho.Well done.
Sabíamos que lo lograrías.We knew you could do it.
Estamos orgullosos de ti.We are so proud of you!
¡Lo hiciste excelente!You did an excellent job!
Te quiero felicitar.I want to congratulate you.
¡Felicidades por el nuevo integrante de la familia!Congratulations on the new arrival in your family!
¡Felicidades por el nacimiento de su niño/niña!Congratulations on the arrival of your baby boy/girl!
¡Qué gusto saber que ya nació!We are delighted to hear that he/she has already born!
¡Felicidades por tu graduación!Congratulations on your graduation!
¡Buen trabajo!Good job!
¡Felicidades por tus buenas calificaciones!Congratulations on your good grades!
¡Felicidades por tu maestría!Congratulations on getting your Master´s degree!
¡Felicidades por entrar a la universidad!Well done on getting into University!
¡Felicidades por pasar el examen!Congratulations on passing your exam!
¡Felicidades a los futuros esposos!Congratulations to the future spouses!
¡Felicidades a los novios!Congratulations to the groom and bride!
¡Salud por los novios!Cheers to the newlyweds!
Espero que sean muy felices.I hope you will be very happy.
¿Ya tienen fecha para la boda?Have you set the date of the big day?
¡Felicidades por esta nueva etapa!Congratulations on this new stage!
¡Mis mejores deseos para los dos!Best wishes to you both!
¡Felicidades por su boda!Congratulations on the wedding!
¡Felicidades por tu nuevo empleo!Congratulations on your new job!
¡Felicidades por tu ascenso!Congratulations on the promotion!
¡La mejor de las suertes en tu nueva etapa!We wish you the best of luck on your new stage!
¡Éxito!We wish you success!
¡Suerte en tu nuevo trabajo!Good luck on your new job!
¡Suerte en tu primer día de trabajo!Good luck on your first day at work!
Recupérate pronto.Wish you a speedy recovery.
¡Que te mejores!Get well!
Alíviate pronto.Get well soon.
Espero que te sientas mejor.I hope you feel better.
Gracias.Thank you.
Muchas gracias.Many thanks.
Se agradece.It´s appreciated.
Mil gracias.Thanks a thousand times.
No sé como podría agradecertelo.I don’t know how to thank you.
Estamos muy agradecidos.We are very grateful.
Que amable de su parte.It is really nice of you.
Gracias desde el fondo de mi corazón.Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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You are searching for wishes to send to your friends on their birthday in Spanish and English? Then, this is the right place for you. This article features a list of Happy birthday wishes, quotes, and congratulations in both Spanish and English language. They are all easy to learn and read. Let’s check out to find nice wishes in Spanish or English for your friends or family.

Happy Birthday wishes, quotes and congratulations in Spanish and English

The most direct way to say “Happy birthday” in Spanish is  is “Feliz cumpleaños.” However, there are still various expressions that you can use when offering birthday wishes to your friends or family.

Happy birthday to you – Feliz cumpleaños a ti.

Que Dios te bendiga en tu cumpleaños. Te enviamos nuestro amor – May God bless you on your birthday.  We all send our love.

Besos y abrazos de (nombre) – Kisses and hugs from (name).

Hoy cumples (número) años. Te deseo toda la felicidad en este día tan especial! – Today you are (number) years old. Wishing you every happiness on your special day!

¡Los mejores deseos para tu cumpleaños! Que pases un buen dia! – Best wishes for your birthday! Have a nice day!

¡Felicidades en tu día! Espero que lo pases genial! – Congratulations on your day. I hope you have a good one!

¡Feliz día! Esperamos que pases un día muy feliz en compañía de amigos y familiares – Birthday greetings! We hope you have a great day with all your friends and family.

Tienen un excelente cumpleaños! – Have an excellent day!

¡Felicidades! – All the best

¡Felicidades en el aniversario del día en que tu has nacido! – Congratulations on the anniversary of the day on which you were born.

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Phrases for Wishing Happy Birthday in Spanish

birthday wishes in spanish for a friend

¡Feliz Cumpleaños! is one of the most popular phrases for wishing happy birthday in Spanish. Birthdays  normally include a cake (un pastel), good music (buena música) and perhaps as a surprise a friend who can speak a foreign language and wants to wish you a happy birthday in Spanish. Anything could happen, so why not learning a few phrases and questions for a special occasion like this.  This lesson will teach you how to say happy birthday in Spanish and respond the right way when you hear ¡Feliz cumpleaños! You will have the opportunity to test your listening ability with a main conversation and a simple quiz too.

Questions and Phrases for Wishing Happy Birthday in Spanish

Common verbs and Spanish time expressions

First of all, to say BIRTHDAY in Spanish, we will use the word CUMPLEAÑOS, which in a certain way is a compound noun made out of “CUMPLIR” (accomplish) plus “AÑOS” (years). Some verbs that will come handy for wishing happy birthday in Spanish are: CELEBRAR (to celebrate), DESEAR (to wish), RECORDAR (to remember), SER (to be) and OLVIDAR (to forget). It is great to know how to talk about dates as well, particularly to say what month you are in and the specific day, in case you want to write a card or something more elaborate. Keep in mind the Spanish time expressions “Este mes” (this month), “El mes pasado” (last month), “El próximo mes“, “Hoy” (today), “Mañana” (tomorrow) and “Ayer“.

Sometimes people will use different tenses to talk about birthdays in Spanish, for example: “Hoy es mi cumpleaños“(present tense), “Ayer fue tu cumpleaños” (past tense) and “El próximo mes ella cumplirá 5 años” (future tense). Listen to the first mini-conversation below and see how these phrases were used in a very interesting situation.

Claudia: ¿Sabes qué fecha es hoy?
Itzan: No… ¿Qué fecha es?
Claudia: Hoy es mi cumpleaños… ¿Lo olvidaste?
Itzan: ¡Claro que no! Tengo un regalo para ti por aquí… ¡Feliz cumpleaños!

Conversation translation

Claudia: Do you know what date is today?
Itzan: No… what date is it?
Claudia: Today is my birthday… ¿Did you forget it?
Itzan: Of course not! I have a gift for you right here… Happy birthday!

Asking “When is your birthday?” in Spanish

To ask people “when is your birthday?” in Spanish,we can use two questions “¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños?” and also “¿Cuándo cumples años?”. The phrase “my birthday is” corresponds to “Mi cumpleaños es + fecha”. To return the question and ask for someone’s birthday in Spanish, you can use “¿Cuándo es el tuyo?” (When is yours?). Check how one of these questions and expressions was used in the short conversation below.

Itzan: ¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños?
Claudia: Mi cumpleaños es el 15 de Noviembre. ¿Cuándo es el tuyo?
Itzan: El mío es el 25 de octubre.
Claudia: ¡Genial! Tenemos que hacer una fiesta para celebrarlo.

Conversation translation

Itzan: When is your birthday?
Claudia: My birthday is on November 15th, when is yours?
Itzan: Mine is on October 25th
Claudia: ¡Cool! We have to make a party to celebrate it

Wishing happy birthday in Spanish

The easiest way for wishing happy birthday in Spanish is by using the expression ¡Feliz cumpleaños! The translation of the phrase is literal. However, this is not the only thing you should say, so apart from saying ¡Feliz cumpleaños!, make sure to add one or two simple phrases to say what your wishes are, for example: “Te deseo lo mejor” (I wish you the best), “Que Dios te bendiga” (God bless you), “Que cumplas muchos más” (May you have many more), “Espero que disfrutes de tu día especial” (I hope you enjoy your special day) and so on.

Two other important words you will need, especially when planning a birthday party, are REGALO (gift) and PIÑATA, the last being a traditional toy in parties in some Latin American countries. There is a lot more vocabulary and phrases you can learn, but now it is time for you to discover a few of them by reading and listening to two more conversations of people talking about birthdays in Spanish.

Claudia: ¡Feliz cumpleaños Itzan! Te deseo lo mejor en tu día especial.
Itzan: Gracias Claudia… Me pregunto si tienes algún regalo para mí.
Claudia: Lo siento, no pude comprarte nada pero podemos salir a cenar después
Itzan: Está bien. Acepto eso como mi regalo de cumpleaños, solo que tú pagas.
Claudia: Claro que sí Señor cumpleañero

Conversation translation

Claudia: Happy birthday Itzan! I wish you the best in your special day.
Itzan: Thanks Claudia… I wonder if you have any gift for me.
Claudia: I´m sorry, I couldn´t buy anything for you, but we can go out to dinner later.
Itzan: That´s ok. I will accept it as my birthday gift but please pay the bill.
Claudia: Of course Mr. birthday

Itzan: ¡Feliz cumpleaños a ti, feliz cumpleaños querida Claudia, feliz cumpleaños a ti!
Claudia: Gracias Itzan… Eso es muy lindo.
Itzan: Espera, espera todavía falta. ¡Ya queremos pastel, aunque sea un pedacito pero queremos pastel!
Claudia: Ah por esa canción te mereces un buen pedazo de pastel
Itzan: Que Dios te bendiga y cumplas años muchos más!

Conversation translation

Itzan: Happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Claudia, happy birthday to you.
Claudia: Thanks Itzan…. That´s very cute.
Itzan: Wait, there is more to come. We want cake, even a bit but we want cake!
Claudia: You deserve a good piece of cake.
Itzan: May God bless you and give you many more years.

Listening Activity No. 1: Talking about birthdays in Spanish

Listen to a conversation between two friends talking about birthdays in Spanish – “hablando del cumpleaños de alguien”. Take notes of the information you consider important and listen carefully to identify the phrases presented in the sample conversations above. Press PLAY to listen to the conversation.

New phrases in the Conversation

1. Siento que olvidé algo means “I think that I forgot something”
2. No pude escucharte means “I couldn´t hear you”
3. No es nada means “It´s nothing!”

Conversation: Hablando de mi cumpleaños

Itzan: Siento que olvidé algo hoy… ¿Qué es?
Claudia: Hoy es mi cumpleaños Itzan ¿Lo olvidaste?
Itzan: ¡Ah sí, era eso! ¡Feliz cumpleaños Claudia! Disculpa, es que he estado muy ocupado. ¿Piensas celebrarlo?
Claudia: Si, lo voy a celebrar esta noche con una pequeña cena en mi casa. Estás invitado.
Itzan: Gracias por invitarme. Uhmm… pero necesito un regalo para ella…
Claudia: ¿Qué dices?… No pude escucharte
Itzan: No es nada… Que cumplas muchos años más y lo mejor para ti en tu día especial. Que Dios te bendiga con un año más de salud y felicidad.
Claudia: Gracias Itzan… Eso es muy lindo. Te mereces un buen pedazo de pastel
Itzan: Eso espero señorita cumpleañera.

Listening Activity No. 2: Listening for the right birthday phrases in Spanish

We hope you found the first listening activity easy to solve. The conversation is based on the examples provided so it includes a lot of the birthday phrases in Spanish we explained. Hopefully, you will be able to reproduce this knowledge and use it very soon to talk about your birthday in Spanish or someone else’s. Before you go, check if you are able to remember the most important phrases and questions in the lesson with the interactive quiz below. ¡Hasta pronto!

Listening quiz: Wishing a happy birthday – ¡Feliz cumpleaños!

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