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Happy Birthday In German


Do you have a German friend or family member who is having a birthday? Before learning how to say "Happy Birthday" in German though, you need to know about one important cultural point especially among older Germans: Wishing a German a happy birthday before their birthday is considered bad luck, so don't do it. And as for gifts and cards you may want to send, just make sure to state to them that they should open the package on their birthday.

Now for some birthday expressions:
(Please note that the following translations are the English equivalents and not literal translations.)

  • Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag!)
    (Happy Birthday!)

  • Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!
    (Have a good birthday!)

  • All das Beste zum Geburtstag!
    (All the best on your birthday!)

  • Viel Glück zum Geburtstag!
    (Best of luck on your birthday.)

  • Ich gratuliere Ihnen zu Ihrem 40/50/60 etc.
    (Congratulations on your 40/50/60th etc. birthday!)

  • Herzlichen Glückwunsch nachträglich.
    (Happy belated birthday.)

    Written Birthday Expressions:

    You can write all of the above mentioned expressions in a card, but if you want something a little more ausführlicher (detailed), you may want to try some of these:

  • Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag und viel Glück/Erfolg im neuen Lebensjahr!
    (Happy birthday and much happiness/success in the new year.)

  • Ich wünsche dir zu deinem Geburtstag alles Liebe und Gute - verbringe einen wunderschönen Tag im Kreise deiner Lieben.
    (I wish you all the best on your birthday. May you spend a wonderful day surrounded by those you love.)

  • Ich wünsche dir einen herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag und alles Liebe und Gute und ganz viel Gesundheit und Spaß. Lass dich schön feiern.
    (I wish you a happy birthday and all the best and much health and fun. Have a good time celebrating.

  • Herzlichen Glückwunsch und alles Gute zum Geburtstag wünscht dir (your name).

  • Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum (birthday number)sten und alles Gute.
    (Happpy Xth birthday and all the best.)

    Happy Birthday From All Over Germany:
    If you're travelling in different parts of Germany, this is how you may hear happy birthday expressed in different German dialects:

    Bayern (Bavaria): Ois Guade zu Deim Geburdstog!
    Berlin: Alles Jute ooch zum Jeburtstach!
    Friesland: Lokkiche jierdei!
    Hessen (Hesse): Isch gratelier Dir aach zum Geburtstach!
    Köln (Cologne): Alles Juute zum Jeburtstaach!
    Norddeutschland (Plattdeutsch -> Low German): Ick wünsch Di alls Gode ton Geburtsdach!
    Wien (Vienna): Ois Guade zum Geburdsdog!
    Bern: Es Muentschi zum Geburri!
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