How to Say Happy Birthday in Chinese

Posted on 02. Jul, 2013 by in Culture, Leisure, Vocabulary

Yesterday, we celebrated a friend’s birthday with a delicious sushi dinner and fancy cocktails with live music.  Tomorrow, we’ll be celebrating both my country’s and sister’s birthdays.  As such, I figured now was as good a time as any to do a blog post about birthdays in Chinese.

"Happy Birthday" in Chinese

A very Chinese cake.

Your birthday (生日 – shēng rì) comes but once a year, and it gives you a chance to celebrate with family and friends as you get one year older.  Many people like to have a birthday party (生日派对 – shēng rì pài duì) or simply have a casual get-together (聚会 – jù huì) in a restaurant or bar. If you’re having a party, you’ll need to think about who to invite (邀请 – yāo qǐng).  Of course, if you’re attending a party, you should probably buy a gift (礼物 – lǐ wù) or at least a birthday card (生日卡 – shēng rì kǎ).  For the party, you also probably want to buy some balloons (气球 – qì qiú) and the all-important birthday cake (生日蛋糕 – shēng rì dàn gāo).  The birthday boy or girl should blow out the candles (吹蜡烛 – chuī là zhú) on the cake while others sing “Happy Birthday.”  In Chinese, it goes something like this…

Wish to you a happy birthday

祝你生日快乐 – zhù nǐ shēng rì kuài lè

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Learn how to sing “Happy Birthday” in Chinese with this easy video.

 

Here are some questions for you to answer about your birthday (in Chinese, of course):

When is your birthday?
你的生日是几月几号?
nǐ de shēng rì shì jǐ yuè jǐ hào

 

How old are you this year?
今年你多大?
jīn nián nǐ duō dà

 

How do you plan to spend your birthday?
你打算怎么过你的生日?
nǐ dǎ suàn zěn me guò nǐ de shēng rì

 

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Hailing from the mean streets of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Sasha graduated from Michigan State University (Go Green!) in 2008 with a BA in Digital Media. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Beijing, where he still lives and works as an English teacher, Video Production teacher, and writer/video producer for Transparent Language.

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