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How to say or write Happy Birthday in German

The two most popular phrases to say Happy Birthday in German are; “Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!” and “Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag.”

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!

The most popular way to say Happy Birthday in German is “Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!” which literally means “all the best for your birthday”. Pronounce this birthday greeting as [ah-less goo-teh tsuhm geh-buhrtz-tahg].

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag.

Another popular way to write happy birthday in German is “Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag.” which literally means "heartfelt congratulations for your birthday" or "many happy returns". Pronounce this birthday greeting as [hairtz-lich-enn glook-vuhnsh tsoom geh-buhrtz-tahg]. The choice between “Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!” and “Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag.” is simply a matter of personal preference.

May your day be filled with love and happiness.

You can expand the birthday greeting by adding “Auf dass Ihr Tag mit Liebe und Freude erfüllt ist.” which means “May your day be filled with love and happiness.” Pronounce this birthday greeting as [owf dahss eer tahg mitt lee-beh oond froy-deh ehr-foolt ist].

How to pronounce Happy Birthday in German


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