Joyeux anniversaire !

Joyeux anniversaire !
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Joyous French Expression

MeaningHappy birthday!
LiterallyJoyous birthday!
Registernormal
PronunciationFrench sound files [zhwa yeu zah ni vehr sehr]
IPA  [[ʒwa jø za ni vɛʀ sɛʀ]
(note the required liaison between the two words)

Usage notes: How do you say "happy birthday" in French? Joyeux anniversaire !

Par exemple…

Joyeux anniversaire ! Happy birthday!
Je te souhaite un très joyeux anniversaire. I wish you a very happy birthday.

Birthday song

The French birthday song is sung to the same tune as its English counterpart:

Joyeux anniversaire !
Joyeux anniversaire !
Joyeux an – ni – ver – sai – re !*
Joyeux anniversaire !

* If you like, you can quickly sing the birthday person’s name here.

 Informally, you can apocope joyeux anniversaire to joyeux anniv.

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