Celebratory Expressions

Expressions de célébration

Celebrating in French
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It’s party time! Whether you’re making a toast, celebrating a birthday, or congratulating a friend’s success, celebratory language helps get the party going. Have a blast with these celebratory French verbs and expressions.

Celebratory exclamations

Ă€ la tienne !
Ă€ la vĂ´tre !
Ă€ ta santĂ© !
Ă€ votre santĂ© !
Bon anniversaire ! Happy birthday!
Bon appĂ©tit ! Enjoy your meal!
Bon courage ! Keep up the good work!
Bon travail ! Good job!
Bon voyage ! Bon voyage! Have a good trip!
Bonne chance ! Good luck!
Bonnes vacances ! Have a nice vacation!
Bravo ! Good job!
C’est un festin de Balthazar ! It’s a feast fit for kings!
Chapeau ! Well done!
FĂ©licitations ! Congratulations!
Je me rĂ©jouis pour toi / vous ! I’m so happy for you!
Joyeux anniversaire ! Happy birthday!
Mes / Nos meilleurs vĹ“ux ! Best wishes!
Nous nous rĂ©jouissons pour toi / vous ! We’re so happy for you!
Le nouveau est arrivĂ©e ! Beaujolais nouveau is here!
SantĂ© ! Cheers!
Tchin-tchin ! Cheers!
Toutes mes / nos fĂ©licitations ! Congratulations!
Vive la France ! Long live France!

 See Holiday Expressions for good wishes and vocab related to specific holidays.

 When celebrating with friends and family, you’ll probably do les bises while expressing your good wishes.

Celebratory verbs

s’amuser to have fun
arroser(informal) to drink to
boire Ă  la santĂ© de to drink to the health of
boire au succès de to drink to the success of
cĂ©lĂ©brer to celebrate
complimenter to congratulate
donner to give
faire la fĂŞte(informal) to live it up
faire un cadeau (Ă  qqun) to give (someone) a present
fĂ©liciter to congratulate
festoyer to feast
fĂŞter to celebrate
offrir en cadeau to give as a present
porter un toast Ă  to propose a toast to
prĂ©senter ses fĂ©licitations Ă  to congratulate
recevoir en cadeau to receive as a present
remercier to thank
rire to laugh
souffler ses bougies(informal) to celebrate one’s birthday
souhaiter to wish
trinquer to clink glasses

Related vocab

un cadeaugift, present
un cadeau de mariagewedding gift
C’est cadeauIt’s on the house
C’est pour offrir ?Is this a present? (Do you want it gift wrapped?)
le chassé-croisé des juillettistes et des aoûtienshuge traffic jams at end of July, beginning of August
faire cadeauto give a present; to let off easily
faire le pontto make it a long (four-day) weekend
le jour Jthe big day
le papier-cadeaugift wrap
la rentréeback to school

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