Wishing someone a happy birthday is one of those things that’s appreciated in any language. Like learning how to say hello, how are you, and other preliminary greetings, learning how to say happy birthday in a wide range of languages can come in super handy when you’re making friends abroad. So, how can you wish someone a happy birthday in Catalan?
Let’s dive in and find out!
How to Say Happy Birthday in Catalan
So, you want to wish a Catalan speaker a happy birthday? The phrase you’re looking for is Feliç aniversari.
If you’re looking for pronunciation guidance, this is how you’d say this phrase out loud: Fah-leeth ah-nee-behr-sah-ree.
Practice it a few times and get the flow of the phrase before trying it out on your Catalan-speaking friends and family.
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How to Sing Happy Birthday in Catalan
Gathering around a cake and singing happy birthday is something that happens in many countries, and Catalan is no different.
Luckily for English speakers, the happy birthday tune in Catalan is exactly the same, but the lyrics are as followed:
Et desitgem que tinguis
This is the generic version without any personalization which translates as:
We wish you a
If you want to include the birthday person’s name, you simply swap out the third line for Moltes felicitats [insert name], and keep on singing. It’s as simple as that.
What is Catalan?
Catalan is the language spoken in the eastern regions of Spain and as the national language of the mountainous country of Andorra.
It’s spoken as a first language throughout the region of Catalonia, which encompasses Barcelona, Girona and Tarragona, Valencia, and the Balearic Islands, which includes Ibiza. So, it’s safe to say that it’s spoken and understood by a huge swathe of people.
As a Romance language, there is a crossover with Spanish, French and Italian, but it is its own language and should be treated as such.
When it’s spoken, it sort of sounds like a blend between Spanish and French, so if you know either of these languages, you might be able to pick up Catalan fairly quickly.
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Alternate Celebratory Phrases and Greetings in Catalan
Happy birthday is great, but sometimes we want a bit more variety. Birthdays aren’t the only celebration after all – you might need something more generic and wide-ranging the next time you’re in a Catalan-speaking region.
Need to say “Best wishes” to someone? Similar to Spanish, the Catalan phrase is “Felicitacions.” Someone had some good news in their life? Say “Moltes felicitats”, which is congratulations.
Want some Catalan phrases that are a little more formal?
If you’re signing off an email or saying goodbye, you can say “Que tinguis un bon dia”, which translates to have a good day.
Finally, we have a workplace classic, and a great way of shutting down a conversation: All the best for your future which is “Tot el millor per al seu futur.” It’s not necessarily something you’d use in everyday conversation, but it might come in handy if you’re working in a Catalan-speaking country.
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Dayna Brockbank is a travel and language-learning blogger who has lived around the world but has now settled in Nice, France. She speaks 3 languages at varying levels of fluency: Spanish, Italian, and French, and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Spanish Education. She and her husband focus on making travel part of life by living cheaply and traveling on a budget.