How Do I Wish A Girl A Happy Birthday In French?

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"Happy birthday" is actually the same for a girl and a boy in French - the word "anniversaire" is always masculine, so its modifier - the "happy" part - is too.

There are two possible ways of saying "happy birthday" in French:
  • Joyeux anniversaire!
  • Bon anniversaire!
These two are totally interchangeable, so it doesn't matter which you use. Quite often, when wishing somebody happy birthday online or in a text message, people will just write "bon anniv," which is just an abbreviation of "bon anniversaire."

Other Birthday-Related Phrases in French
  • Mon anniversaire - My birthday
  • Un gΓ’teau d'anniversaire - A birthday cake
  • Une carte d'anniversaire - A birthday card
  • Des cadeaux d'anniversaire - Birthday presents
  • Quelle est la date de ton anniversaire? - When is your birthday?

Singing "Happy Birthday" In French The French sing "Joyeux Anniversaire" to the same tune that we sing "Happy Birthday." The French version goes like this:

Joyeux anniversaire Joyeux anniversaire Joyeux anniversaire (you might insert the birthday girl/boy's name here)
Joyeux anniversaire!

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