How to Say Happy Birthday in Italian

by Christina Martinez

Italian is known as one of the most beautiful languages in the world. The Italian language shares some similarities with French, Spanish and Romanian, which are all romance languages and are derived from Latin. Italian is heard throughout not just mainland Italy but in Switzerland, Sicily, Corsica and Sardinia. Phrases in Italian, like "Happy Birthday" mean one thing when the words are said together but mean something different when the words are separated.

Say "Buon." It's pronounced Bwohn. This means "Good" by itself but is the "Happy" section in "Happy Birthday."

Say "Compleanno." It's pronounced Com-play-ah-no. This means "Birthday" by itself as well as in the phrase "Happy Birthday."

Now say them together. Say "Bwohn Com-play-ah-no."

Practice until you can say it without having to look at the pronunciation.

Say it again, this time without the looking at the pronunciation. Say "Buon Compleanno."

Practice until you're able to say it without looking at the translation.

Items you will need

  • English to Italian dictionary

About the Author

Christina Martinez has been writing professionally since 2007. She's been published in the California State University at Fullerton newspaper, "The Daily Titan." Her writing has also appeared in "Orange County's Best" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and print journalism from California State University.

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