Happy Birthday in Italian

This free audio lesson will teach you the 2 common ways to say Happy birthday in Italian, (Tanti auguri e Buon compleanno) as well as how to sing Happy birthday in Italian! And discover a few other words and expressions that are used in the context of an Italian birthday party.

You can test your pronunciation with our free voice recognition software! Listen to the audio and follow the Italian pronunciation. It's a good idea to practice each Italian expression aloud, and before long you'll be comfortable with pronouncing these Italian words and phrases!

How to sing Happy birthday in Italian

Tanti auguri a te,
Tanti auguri a te,
Tanti auguri a (insert name here),
Tanti auguri a te!

How to say Happy birthday in Italian

Unsurprisingly, Italian people love to have parties and to celebrate, and in particular they appreciate anniversaries and gifts!

To wish someone a happy birthday, Italian people will use the expression Tanti auguri or Buon compleanno.

Tanti auguri

Happy birthday (literally, many wishes)

Buon compleanno

Happy birthday

Fare gli auguri

To give someone wishes

Il compleanno

The birthday

Italian people will of course offer presents, and eat a cake after the candles have been blown by the aging person. A lot of photos generally immortalize the event, and people sing "Tanti auguri" to the tune of "Happy birthday to you".

More about having a Happy Birthday in Italian

Tanti auguri per il tuo compleanno

Best wishes on your birthday

Il regalo

The present

La candelina

The candle (literally, the little candle)

La torta

The cake

La torta di cioccolato

The chocolate cake

Il festeggiato

The birthday boy

La festeggiata

The birthday girl

That’s it for today’s Italian lesson on saying Happy birthday in Italian. I hope you enjoyed it, that you learned new expressions and improved your pronunciation!

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A presto!

Maria DiLorenzi
Rocket Italian


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