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Birthdays & Anniversaries Vocabulary in Spanish

Instructor: Yolanda Reinoso Barzallo

Yolanda holds a CELTA Cambridge, a Juris Doctorate, and a Master of Public Administration. She is a published author of fiction in Spanish.

You know Spanish speakers who are celebrating their birthday or their anniversary. This lesson gives you the language you need to congratulate people on these special occasions. You'll also learn a few words you'll likely hear in a birthday or anniversary context.

Time to Celebrate in Spanish

Birthdays and anniversaries are important in the Spanish speaking culture, and just as you like to wish a happy celebration in English, you want to be able to say it in Spanish. Perhaps you also have Spanish speaking acquaintances who congratulate you on your birthday or anniversary. You'll definitely want to fully understand their positive messages.

Either way, it is time to learn to celebrate in Spanish. You should also celebrate for this new set of words you are going to learn. At the end of the day, language fluency is also about being able to socially interact during special occasions. So, let's begin.

Happy Birthday Phrases

Let's learn the most basic way to congratulate someone on their birthday:

¡Feliz Cumpleaños! (Happy Birthday, pronounced: feh-lees koom-pleh-ahnyos)

If you want to make your birthday greeting different, you can also use these phrases:

Que los cumplas feliz (May you be happy on your birth celebration, pronounced: keh lohs koom-plahs feh-lees)

Muchas felicidades en tu cumpleaños (Many happy moments in your birthday, pronounced: moo-chahs feh-lee-see-dadehs ehn too koom-pleh-ahnyos)

Birthday Vocabulary

Now, let's learn some words you might need when there's a birthday. However, to use these words you can think about your next birthday and say En mi próximo cumpleaños yo quiero... (On my next birthday, I want...).

  • un pastel (a cake, pronounced: oon pahs-tehl)
  • un regalo (a gift, pronounced: oon reh-gah-loh)
  • una fiesta (a party, pronounced: oonah fee-ehs-tah)
  • una tarjeta de cumpleaños (a birthday greeting card, pronounced: oonah tahr-heh-tah deh...)
  • flores (flowers, pronounced: floh-rehs)
  • soplar las velas (blow the candles, pronounced: soh-plahr lahs veh-lahs)

Yo quiero soplar las velas.
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Have a Party in Spanish

If you want to have a fiesta de cumpleaños (birthday party) and feel like a child again, you will probably need:

  • globos (balloons, pronounced: gloh-bohs)
  • helado (ice cream, pronounced: eh-lah-doh)
  • piñata (pinata, pronounced: pee-nya-tah)
  • payaso (clown, pronounced: pah-yah-soh)
  • serpentinas (streamers, pronounced: sehr-pehn-tee-nahs)

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Happy Anniversary Phrases

To begin, let's learn the most basic way to congratulate someone on their anniversary:

¡Feliz Aniversario! (Happy Anniversary, pronounced: feh-lees ah-nee-behr-sah-reeoh)

You can use the phrase above to congratulate someone on their work, wedding, or any other date they are happy to commemorate. To specify 'Happy Wedding Anniversary,' you say:

¡Feliz Aniversario de bodas! (pronounced: feh-lees ah-nee-behr-sah-reeoh deh boh-dahs)

Here are the big ones when it comes to wedding anniversaries:

¡Felices bodas de plata! (Happy Silver Anniversary, pronounced: feh-lee-sehs boh-dahs deh plah-tah). This is for 25 years.

¡Felices bodas de oro! (Happy Golden Anniversary, pronounced: feh-lee-sehs boh-dahs deh oh-roh). This is for 50 years.

¡Felices bodas de diamante! (Happy Diamond Anniversary, pronounced: feh-lee-sehs boh-dahs deh dee-ah-mahn-teh). This is for 60 years.

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