Japanese Birthday Party Phrases

Japanese birthday phrases

Ohayō gozaimasu! Kyoo wa ichinichi-juu ame desu. 🌧
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Today’s YT Live lesson topic is “Japanese Birthday Party Phrases”
Have you attended Japanese birthday party before?
Japanese birthday celebration is a bit different style from other countries.

Let’s check it out!

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Here are the phrases introduced in the lesson:

How to ask someone’s birthday and invite people for a party?
  • お誕生日はいつですか。 Otanjoobi wa itsu desu ka?   When is your birthday?
  • お誕生日は何月何日ですか。 Otanjoobi wa nan-gatsu nan-nichi desu ka?  When (what month what day) is your birthday? 
  • さとうさんの誕生日パーティーをします。ぜひ来てください。Sato-san no tanjoobi paatii o shimasu. Zehi kite kudasai.  We’ll have Sato-san’s birthday party. Please come. 
  • 来週、佐藤さんの誕生日ですよ。 Raishuu, Sato-san no tanjoobi desu yo.  Next week is Sato-san’s birthday. (~yo. is telling you ~. casual ending particle)
  • サプライズパーティーをします。Sapuraizu paatii o shimasu.  We’ll hold a surprise party. 
How to congratulate on a special day?
  • おめでとう  Omedetō   Congratulations!
  • 〇〇おめでとう! Congratulatios on 〇〇!
  • たんじょうび、おめでとう。 Happy Birthday.
  • おたんじょうび、おめでとうございます。 Happy Birthday. (formal)
  • ご入学(にゅうがく)おめでとう! Congratulations on starting school!
  • ご卒業(そつぎょう)おめでとう! Congratulations on graduation!
  • ご結婚(けっこん)おめでとう! Congratulations on your marriage!


Example phrases when giving a present
  •   これ、誕生日プレゼント。Kore, tanjoobi purezento. This is my birthday present to you.
  • あけてもいい?  Akete mo ii?  Can I open it? 
  •   開けてみて! Akete mite!   Please open it!   (literally: Try to open!)
  • うわー、すてき!ありがとう。  uwaa, suteki! arigatoo!   Wah, so nice!  Thank you!  
  • こんなのが、ほしかったんです。konna no ga hoshikatta n desu.    I wanted to have like this. 
  • すっごいうれしい。suggoi ureshii.   I’m extremely happy. 
  •   よかった。 Yokatta.   I’m glad to like it.  (literally: Good)
  •   気にいってくれて、わたしもうれしいです。 kiniitte kurete, watashimo ureshii desu.   I’m so happy as you like it. 


Sample birthday messages on Social Media
  • 楽しんでください tanoshinde kudasai  “Have fun!”

e.g. お誕生日おめでとう!楽しんでください ^ ^
        Otanjoobi omedetoo! Tanoshinde kudasai. ^^  “Happy birthday! Have fun :)

  • 素敵な一日を sutekina ichinichi o   “Have a wonderful day.”

e.g. お誕生日おめでとう!素敵な一日を~  “Happy birthday! Have a wonderful day.”

  • 素晴らしい1年になりますように subarashii ichinen ni narimasu you ni   Wishing you a wonderful year ahead!”

e.g. お誕生日おめでとう!素晴らしい1年になりますように。 “Happy birthday! Wishing you a wonderful year ahead!”


Please check the full explanation in the lesson video 🙂


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