Happy birthday in Chinese
Happy birthday in Chinese means: & nbsp; 生日 快乐 (Shēngrì kuàilè) . This is the most commonly used term because it is the standard phrase and can always be used. In social networks, but also in personal conversations, you will also find many extensions. China is a country steeped in tradition, which means that additional wishes have to be brought along with the birthday wish. You should also be careful with gifts, as you can easily slip into a faux pas here.
2 ways to wish a Chinese “a happy birthday”
In the list below you will find various ways in which you can congratulate a Chinese person. Some of these are short forms especially for social media or informal conversations. Others, however, have a more general meaning and can of course be used in a variety of ways.
- 生日 快乐 (Shēngrì kuàilè) – Happy Birthday
- 祝 你 生日 快乐 (zhùnǐshēngrìkuàilè) – I wish you everything Happy birthday
In China it is also common to send additional requests. For young women, for example, youthfulness or for men, success. A long and healthy life is in use for the elderly. So add the phrases below to the birthday wishes.
- 心想事成 (xīn xiǎng shì chéng) – May all your wishes come true.
- 天天 开心 (Tiāntiān kāixīn) – You should be happy every day (Happy every day, young people)
- 幸福 美满 (xìngfú měimǎn) – May you attain perfect happiness (happiness, young people) < / li>
- 青春永驻 (Qīngchūn yǒng zhù) – May you stay young forever (youth forever, for women)
- 事业有成 < / strong> (Shìyè yǒu chéng) – I wish you professional success (Successful career, for men)
- 长命 百岁 (Cháng mìng bǎi suì) – May you a hundred Getting years old (longevity, for the elderly)
It is best to apply your knowledge straight away and surprise a Chinese friend, acquaintance or relative with a “Happy Birthday” in Chinese. The Chinese are extremely proud of their language and look forward to birthday wishes in their national language, often even in the traditional written language. And don’t forget: variety makes life more beautiful – so you have several options to congratulate a Chinese.
Birthday tradition in China
The Chinese traditionally have noodles for their birthday (the longer the better) and no cake. These noodles are eaten from a large saucepan and the length represents a long life. Younger Chinese also like to celebrate with a cake, a cake or a good-tasting Western delicacy.
Birthday gifts for the Chinese
The Chinese are happy about cosmetics, chocolate and clothing. Technical gadgets and devices are also welcome. Clocks, towels, mirrors and certain flowers that are used for funerals should not be given away. The gifts should be wrapped in red paper, but not in white or black. Note that it seems impolite for gifts to be unwrapped in front of others or immediately.
More resources in Chinese
In this category you can find more Chinese language expressions and lessons, or do you want a Learn another language ? There is also an overview page with birthday wishes in all languages . Would you have known something like “Happy Birthday” in Finnish (one of the heaviest languages) is?