Wishes can be formal, hilarious, or carefree, depending upon your association with the individual and the message you wish to pass on.
Wie alt bist Du? ('How old are you?') Okay, you obviously don't need to answer this question now, and it's also a good idea to be cautious when asking this to anyone over 35 or 40 in our youth-obsessed society. However, if you want to find out when to congratulate someone on their birthday, it might not be an inappropriate question after all! Be it as it may, you are about to witness an interesting German birthday gathering in Hamburg and learn all about the best birthday greetings. Before we head over to the celebration, let's take a look at some birthday expressions we will encounter:
|Zum Geburtstag viel Glück||Tsum Geh-BURTZ-tahg feel glueck||for the birthday much happiness|
|Herzlichen Glückwunsch, liebe / lieber...||HEHRTS-lihsch-ehn GLUECK-wunsh, LEE-buh/ LEE-behr...||Happy Birthday, dear...|
|Alles Liebe zum Geburtstag||AHLL-ehs LEE-buh tsum Geh-BURTZ-tahg||Much love for the birthday|
|Von Herzen alles Gute zum Geburtstag||Fawn HEHRTS-ehn AHL-lehs GUT-uh tsum Geh-BURTZ-tahg||all the best from the heart for the birthday|
|Auch von mir nur das Beste zum Geburtstag||Owkh fawn mihr noor dahs Behst-uh tsum Geh-BURTZ-tahg||all the best for the birthday from me as well|
|Hoch soll sie leben, drei Mal hoch||Hohkh sawll see leh-behn, driy mahl hohkh||German saying: 'May she live high, three times high'|
|Viel Gesundheit, Glück und Zufriedenheit dem Geburtstagskind||Feel Geh-SUND-hyit, glueck und tsu-FREE-dehn-hyit||Much health, happiness and contentment for the birthday child|
|Alles Gute zum Geburtstag für Sie||AHL-lehs GU-tuh tsum Geh-BURTZ-tahg fuer see||All the best for the birthday for you (formal)|
|Ich wünsche Ihnen ein gesundes und erfolgreiches neues Lebensjahr!||Isch WUENSH-uh EEH-nehn iyn geh-SUN-dehs und ehr-FOHLG-riysh-ehs NOY-ehs LAY-behns-yahr||I wish you (formal) a healthy and successful new year of life!|
|Alles Gute zum Geburtstag nachträglich||AHL-lehs GU-tuh tsum Geh-BURTZ-tahg nah||Happy belated birthday|
|Viel Glück und viel Segen!||Feel glueck und feel SEH-gehn||much happiness and blessings!|
|Es lebe das Geburtstagskind!||Ehs LEH-buh dahs Geh-BURTS-tahg-kihnd||Long live the birthday child!|
|Viel Liebe und Freude fuer Dich!||Feel LEE-buh und FROY-duh fur dihsch||Lots of love and joy for you!|
Petra is turning 25. She has invited her closest friends to her favorite Cafe Gerngeschehen ('You are welcome'). A huge and gorgeously decorated Kuchen ('cake') with Kirschen ('cherries') on top is awaiting her. Germans just love their cakes!
All her friends are already there and start singing a traditional German Geburtstagslied ('birthday song') for Petra:
Zum Geburtstag viel Glück, ('for the birthday much happiness')
zum Geburtstag viel Glück, ('for the birthday much happiness')
zum Geburtstag liebe Petra, ('for the birthday dear Petra')
zum Geburtstag viel Glück! ('for the birthday much happiness')
Petra is blushing a little, while her friends start hugging and congratulating her:
Anton: Herzlichen Glückwunsch, liebe Petra! ('Happy birthday, dear Petra')
Petra: Danke Dir! ('Thank you!')
Susanne: Alles Liebe zum Geburtstag! ('Much love for the birthday!')
Jens: Petra, von Herzen alles Gute zum Geburtstag! ('Petra, all the best from the heart for the birthday!')
Petra: Danke, wie lieb von Euch! ('Thanks, how lovely of you!')
Laura: Auch von mir nur das Beste zum Geburtstag! ('All the best for the birthday from me as well!')
Martin: Hoch soll sie leben, drei Mal hoch! (German saying: 'May she live high, three times high')
Anna: Viel Gesundheit, Glück und Zufriedenheit dem Geburtstagskind! ('Much health, happiness and contentment for the birthday child!')
Suddenly, Petra spots an unexpected guest walking in: her boss! He approaches her and says:
Frau Schmidt-Meyer, Alles Gute zum Geburtstag für Sie! Ich wünsche Ihnen ein gesundes und erfolgreiches neues Lebensjahr! ( 'Mrs. Schmidt-Meyer, all the best for the birthday for you! I wish you a healthy and successful new year of life!')
Wie Theodor Fontane schon sagte: Man wird nicht älter, sondern besser! ('Just like Theodor Fontane (a famous German writer) stated: We don't get older; we just get better!')
Petra did not expect the surprise guest! She is having a blast at her birthday party anyways. Even a few days later, she is still receiving birthday wishes via email and Social Media saying:
Alles Gute zum Geburtstag nachträglich! ('Happy belated birthday')
Petra is excited about getting a huge amount of lovely Geschenke ('gifts') and Geburtstagswünsche ('birthday wishes').
In this lesson, we have learned how to brave a German birthday occasion by learning important birthday greetings and expressions. We know now that a Geburtstagslied ('birthday song'), Geburtstagskuchen ('birthday cake') and 'Geburtstagswünsche' ('birthday wishes') are an essential part of any German birthday celebration. The birthday girl or boy is oftentimes called Das Geburtstagskind ('the birthday child') in German.
The most important German birthday greetings are:
|Zum Geburtstag viel Glück||for the birthday much happiness|
|Herzlichen Glückwunsch, liebe / lieber...||Happy Birthday, dear...|
|Alles Liebe zum Geburtstag||Much love for the birthday|
|Von Herzen alles Gute zum Geburtstag||all the best from the heart for the birthday|
|Auch von mir nur das Beste zum Geburtstag||all the best for the birthday from me as well|
|Hoch soll sie leben, drei Mal hoch||German saying: 'May she live high, three times high'|
|Viel Gesundheit, Glück und Zufriedenheit dem Geburtstagskind||Much health, happiness and contentment for the birthday child|
|Alles Gute zum Geburtstag für Sie||All the best for the birthday for you (formal)|
|Ich wünsche Ihnen ein gesundes und erfolgreiches neues Lebensjahr!||I wish you (formal) a healthy and successful new year of life|
|Alles Gute zum Geburtstag nachträglich||Happy belated birthday|
|Viel Glück und viel Segen!||much happiness and blessings!|
|Es lebe das Geburtstagskind!||Long live the birthday child!|
|Viel Liebe und Freude für Dich!||Lots of love and joy for you!|
Birthdays are significant. Everyone should have a birthday celebration that stands out and lives in his or her memories. Formal birthday wishes.
Many happy returns, madam
Today is the birthday of a very wise lady,
somebody everyone looks up to and holds
nothing but respect for; you, madam!
I wish you all the joy and happiness on
your special day and I hope you enjoy it
surrounded by your nearest and dearest.
Many happy returns, madam!
You are truly inspiring, madam
Madam, I wish you a very
happy birthday today!
Your drive, ambition, and
focus are truly inspiring.
I hope that this year continues
to bring you success in all of
your endeavours, and proves
very prosperous for you.
My very best wishes to you!
You do so much for everyone, madam
Wishing you a very happy birthday
today, madam! You deserve all the
happiness in the world, as you do
so much for everyone else!
You have such a kind, giving,
generous soul and I hope that
we can give back to you on your
special day this year!
I hope you have an enjoyable
birthday that you are so deserving
of! All the very best to you, madam!
Working under your guidance is a pleasure, madam
Happy birthday to a truly professional lady!
It is an honour and a pleasure to work
under your guidance. You inspire each
and every one of us to do better, always
striving for the greatest possible results.
You are amazing at what you do, and I
hope that you can be rewarded today
with a stress-free and relaxing birthday!
Have a marvellous day, madam!
You've had a significant impact on me, madam
I would like to wish a very happy birthday
to somebody very special and important
to me today, who has truly changed my
life for the better.
Madam, your influence has had such an
effect on me, giving me new aspirations
to focus on and the motivation to work
towards achieving them.
So, for someone who has had such a
significant impact on me, I hope you
have the most wonderful and enjoyable
birthday, being recognised for all the
great that you do!
All the very best to you, madam!
You bring out the best in all of us, madam
Here’s to a great lady who brings
out the very best in all of us!
You truly are an inspiration to all
of those around you, and you’re
genuinely a pleasure to work alongside!
Happy birthday, madam! I hope your
day is as wonderful as you are!
You have done so much for me, madam
Madam, today is your special day and
is as good a time as any to express
my heartfelt appreciation for everything
that you have done for me over the
recent months and years.
You are a truly fantastic mentor, and I’d
go as far as to say that if my own kids
grow up to be as outstanding as you are,
I would be a very proud parent indeed!
Many congratulations, and have a
I am forever grateful to you, madam
Madam, I wish you a very happy birthday today! Working with you has been a true honour, and I am forever grateful and indebted to you for all of the life lessons and wisdom you have imparted to me!
Be forever happy, and relish in your many successes, madam!
You deserve a break, madam
Happy birthday to someone who is
more deserving of a relaxing break
out of everyone I know: you, madam!
Enjoy your special day!
Put your feet up and relax today, madam
I don’t know of anyone else more deserving of a fantastic, laid-back and relaxing birthday than you, madam!
Put your feet up and enjoy being spoiled all day, as you have certainly earned some much-needed rejuvenation!
A very happy birthday to you!
I appreciate your support and guidance, madam
Madam, I just wanted to take this opportunity, on your birthday, to tell you how much I appreciate all of your support and guidance since I met you.
Your wisdom has been invaluable to me, and the lessons that I have learnt from you will stay with me forever. I truly appreciate the impact you have made on my life!
Many happy returns, madam! I’m wishing you the very best birthday today!
Birthdays come around but once a year. When a special person in your life has a birthday, sometimes it can be hard to know exactly what words will make the big day special. Here are some suggested quotes and words for birthday wishes which can brighten any birthday and that you can write in a card or incorporate in a birthday toast whether the celebrant is a teenager or ninety-five.
Words for birthday wishes can take many forms - they may be serious or funny. You may even wish to say happy birthday in a foreign language. Here are a bunch of great sayings and phrases you can use.
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Enjoy the annual milestones in the lives of your friends and family.
Formal birthday wishes are especially important. By sending them, you are letting people in your life who work hard, live far away, add to your livelihood, and.
The birthday time is to celebrate, share happiness, host parties, be the centre of attraction and not to forget calling friends to join you in merriment. When you are busy in deciding party theme, venue and cake, you often not get enough time to pen an appealing birthday invitation wording. Mind it this is an important piece, so do not keep it for the last moment! birthdaywishes2u.com have a panoply of birthday invitation wording which you can send with slight amendments. Informing your guests' various details about the party is important and an obligation to, birthdaywishes2u.com makes it easy for you by providing an extensive range of birthday invitation wordings.
To start your wishes, you can say я жела́ю тебе́ (informal) or я жела́ю вам ( formal), depending on who you talk to, or just жела́ю. Pay attention, that the words.