Bon anniversaire !

Bon anniversaire !
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Happy French Expression

Meaning Happy birthday!
Literally Good birthday!
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Pronunciation French sound files [buh nah ni vehr sehr]
IPA   [bɔ na ni vɛʀ sɛʀ]
(note the required liaison between the two words)

Usage notes: Bon anniversaire is just one of the ways to say "happy birthday" in French.

Par exemple…

Bon anniversaire !   Happy birthday!
Bon anniversaire à mon cher mari.   Happy birthday to my dear husband.

 Informally, you can apocope bon anniversaire to bon anniv.

Synonyms and related expressions

Related vocabulary

birthday   un anniversaire
birthday cake   un gâteau d’anniversaire
birthday card   une carte d’anniversaire
birthday party   une fête / soirée pour son anniversaire
birthday present   un cadeau d’anniversaire
in one’s birthday suit   en costume d’Adam / d’Ève
to blow out the candles,
to celebrate one’s birthday
  souffler ses bougies
When is your birthday?   Quelle est la date / Quel est le jour de ton anniversaire ?
What did you get for your birthday?   Qu’est-ce que tu as eu pour ton anniversaire ?

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