How to say happy birthday in spanish

¡Feliz Cumpleaños! is one of the most popular phrases for wishing happy birthday in Spanish. Birthdays  normally include a cake (un pastel), good music (buena música) and perhaps as a surprise a friend who can speak a foreign language and wants to wish you a happy birthday in Spanish. Anything could happen, so why not learning a few phrases and questions for a special occasion like this.  This lesson will teach you how to say happy birthday in Spanish and respond the right way when you hear ¡Feliz cumpleaños! You will have the opportunity to test your listening ability with a main conversation and a simple quiz too.

How to say happy birthday in SpanishDeseando un feliz cumpleaños en español

Questions and Phrases for Wishing Happy Birthday in Spanish

Common verbs and Spanish time expressions

First of all, to say BIRTHDAY in Spanish, we will use the word CUMPLEAÑOS, which in a certain way is a compound noun made out of “CUMPLIR” (accomplish) plus “AÑOS” (years). Some verbs that will come handy for wishing happy birthday in Spanish are: CELEBRAR (to celebrate), DESEAR (to wish), RECORDAR (to remember), SER (to be) and OLVIDAR (to forget). It is great to know how to talk about dates as well, particularly to say what month you are in and the specific day, in case you want to write a card or something more elaborate. Keep in mind the Spanish time expressions “Este mes” (this month), “El mes pasado” (last month), “El próximo mes“, “Hoy” (today), “Mañana” (tomorrow) and “Ayer“.

Sometimes people will use different tenses to talk about birthdays in Spanish, for example: “Hoy es mi cumpleaños“(present tense), “Ayer fue tu cumpleaños” (past tense) and “El próximo mes ella cumplirá 5 años” (future tense). Listen to the first mini-conversation below and see how these phrases were used in a very interesting situation.

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Claudia: ¿Sabes qué fecha es hoy? Itzan: No… ¿Qué fecha es? Claudia: Hoy es mi cumpleaños… ¿Lo olvidaste? Itzan: ¡Claro que no! Tengo un regalo para ti por aquí… ¡Feliz cumpleaños! Conversation translation Claudia: Do you know what date is today? Itzan: No… what date is it? Claudia: Today is my birthday… ¿Did you forget it? Itzan: Of course not! I have a gift for you right here… Happy birthday!

Asking “When is your birthday?” in Spanish

To ask people “when is your birthday?” in Spanish, we can use two questions “¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños?” and also “¿Cuándo cumples años?”. The phrase “my birthday is” corresponds to “Mi cumpleaños es + fecha”. To return the question and ask for someone’s birthday in Spanish, you can use “¿Cuándo es el tuyo?” (When is yours?). Check how one of these questions and expressions was used in the short conversation below.

Itzan: ¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños? Claudia: Mi cumpleaños es el 15 de Noviembre. ¿Cuándo es el tuyo? Itzan: El mío es el 25 de octubre. Claudia: ¡Genial! Tenemos que hacer una fiesta para celebrarlo. Conversation translation Itzan: When is your birthday? Claudia: My birthday is on November 15th, when is yours? Itzan: Mine is on October 25th Claudia: ¡Cool! We have to make a party to celebrate it

Wishing happy birthday in Spanish

The easiest way for wishing happy birthday in Spanish is by using the expression ¡Feliz cumpleaños! The translation of the phrase is literal. However, this is not the only thing you should say, so apart from saying ¡Feliz cumpleaños!, make sure to add one or two simple phrases to say what your wishes are, for example: “Te deseo lo mejor” (I wish you the best), “Que Dios te bendiga” (God bless you), “Que cumplas muchos más” (May you have many more), “Espero que disfrutes de tu día especial” (I hope you enjoy your special day) and so on.

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Two other important words you will need, especially when planning a birthday party, are REGALO (gift) and PIÑATA, the last being a traditional toy in parties in some Latin American countries. There is a lot more vocabulary and phrases you can learn, but now it is time for you to discover a few of them by reading and listening to two more conversations of people talking about birthdays in Spanish.

Claudia: ¡Feliz cumpleaños Itzan! Te deseo lo mejor en tu día especial. Itzan: Gracias Claudia… Me pregunto si tienes algún regalo para mí. Claudia: Lo siento, no pude comprarte nada pero podemos salir a cenar después Itzan: Está bien. Acepto eso como mi regalo de cumpleaños, solo que tú pagas. Claudia: Claro que sí Señor cumpleañero Conversation translation Claudia: Happy birthday Itzan! I wish you the best in your special day. Itzan: Thanks Claudia… I wonder if you have any gift for me. Claudia: I´m sorry, I couldn´t buy anything for you, but we can go out to dinner later. Itzan: That´s ok. I will accept it as my birthday gift but please pay the bill. Claudia: Of course Mr. birthday
Itzan: ¡Feliz cumpleaños a ti, feliz cumpleaños querida Claudia, feliz cumpleaños a ti! Claudia: Gracias Itzan… Eso es muy lindo. Itzan: Espera, espera todavía falta. ¡Ya queremos pastel, aunque sea un pedacito pero queremos pastel! Claudia: Ah por esa canción te mereces un buen pedazo de pastel Itzan: Que Dios te bendiga y cumplas años muchos más! Conversation translation Itzan: Happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Claudia, happy birthday to you. Claudia: Thanks Itzan…. That´s very cute. Itzan: Wait, there is more to come. We want cake, even a bit but we want cake! Claudia: You deserve a good piece of cake. Itzan: May God bless you and give you many more years.
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Happy Birthday wishes, quotes and congratulations in Spanish and English

The most direct way to say “Happy birthday” in Spanish is  is “Feliz cumpleaños.” However, there are still various expressions that you can use when offering birthday wishes to your friends or family.

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Happy birthday to you – Feliz cumpleaños a ti.

Que Dios te bendiga en tu cumpleaños. Te enviamos nuestro amor – May God bless you on your birthday.  We all send our love.

Besos y abrazos de (nombre) – Kisses and hugs from (name).

Hoy cumples (número) años. Te deseo toda la felicidad en este día tan especial! – Today you are (number) years old. Wishing you every happiness on your special day!

¡Los mejores deseos para tu cumpleaños! Que pases un buen dia! – Best wishes for your birthday! Have a nice day!

¡Felicidades en tu día! Espero que lo pases genial! – Congratulations on your day. I hope you have a good one!

¡Feliz día! Esperamos que pases un día muy feliz en compañía de amigos y familiares – Birthday greetings! We hope you have a great day with all your friends and family.

Tienen un excelente cumpleaños! – Have an excellent day!

¡Felicidades! – All the best

¡Felicidades en el aniversario del día en que tu has nacido! – Congratulations on the anniversary of the day on which you were born.

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