So you have a special day coming up for your favorite Spanish speaker and you are not so sure of the perfect manner to wish happy birthday in Spanish? Or maybe you are planning to celebrate your birthday in a Spanish-speaking setting?
There are several ways you can wish someone a special happy birthday and this list also include what other ways you can say it to make someone’s birthday happy and extra special but also what to foresee from native Spanish speakers present at your own birthday party!
How to Say Happy Birthday in Spanish
1. Feliz cumple it is used as a more conversational way of saying birthday and is universally used in the Spanish-speaking community. So if you wish to say it in a more friendly way, go ahead and use this instead.
2. Feliz cumpleaños is the actual translation in Spanish.
3. Felicitaciones may be adapted as greetings, or congratulations translated as felicidades. Nonetheless, this is somewhat the formal version so this means that it is not that frequently used as other birthday greetings. So the primary way to wish happy birthday in Spanish to someone remains felicidades.
4. Felicidades literally interpret as congratulations and it is generally used as a replacement for the saying “feliz cumpleaños”. This short version is considered to be a more explicit and sensitive way to congratulate someone in Spanish.
The concept “cumpleaños” is an admixture word in the Spanish language, exactly the same way as the English word “birthday”. And yet, when we separate them in the most literal manner possible, the two words are completely different.
The word “cumpleaños” is built out of the two words “cumple” and “años“. The first one, “cumple” is an adaptation of the verb “cumplir“, with the closest English translation sounding as “I am turning 25”. The second one, “años” translates as years. Basically, we get “turns years”. It does not sound remarkable in English, but say it in Spanish and it will make perfect sense.
“Cumpleaños” has a genarally known verb form used as cumplir años. The word “cumplir” can be addressed as a typical -ir verb and conjugated as required. Being a quite varied expression, it can be adapted to an array of manners.
“Cumplir años” can be reffered as “to celebrate a birthday” and is similar to its English counterpart. So make it count with your own special happy birthday saying.