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Birthday Wishes in Chinese

Birthday is an annual celebrating moment for each person. When your friend’s birthday comes, you need to say “happy birthday” to him/her. But do you know how to say “Happy Birthday” in Chinese and other common Chinese birthday wishes phrases? Today, I will share some common birthday greetings in China that you can write on card or tell them just face to face.

1. 生日快乐

生日快乐 (shēnɡ rì kuài lè) means happy birthday. This is the commonest birthday greeting phrase in our daily life. It is an oral greeting which tends to be used between acquaintances or your equative like your brothers, sisters, friends, or your workmates.

2. 祝你生日快乐

祝你生日快乐 (zhù nǐ shēnɡ rì kuài lè) means happy birthday as well. But compared to 生日快乐, it is more formal. If you want to text someone or write a birthday card in Chinese word, I suggest you using 祝你生日快乐, instead of 生日快乐.

3. 祝您生日快乐

祝您生日快乐 (zhù nín shēnɡ rì kuài lè) is another happy birthday wishes in Chinese. It is politer than 祝你生日快乐 and 生日快乐. If you want to say happy birthday in Chinese to the elderly or your leaders, 祝您生日快乐 is a much better choice.

4. 祝您福如东海,寿比南山

祝您福如东海寿比南山 (zhù nín fú rú dōnɡ hǎi shòu bǐ nán shān) is a typical chinese birthday wishes for elderly such as your grandma, grandpa, dad, mom, etc. This phrase is used to express the wish of longevity.

5. 祝您年年有今日,岁岁有今朝

“祝您年年有今日,岁岁有今朝 (zhù nín nián nián yǒu jīn rì, suì suì yǒu jīn zhāo)” is a wish phrase popular in Guangdong and Hong Kong province. It means that you hope them happy and fortunate forever. You can use it in the moment like birthday and wedding.

6. 愿您梦想成真

愿您梦想成真 (yuàn nín mènɡ xiǎnɡ chénɡ zhēn) means that “May all your wishes come true”. Actually, it is a general phrase, which is not limited to birthday. It can be used as  Mid-Autumn Festival greetings and Chinese New Year greetings as well.

OK. This is the end of today’s share “birthday wishes in chinese words”. If you recall any phrases that can be used as birthday wishes, just tell me.

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