Word for the Travel Wise (05/21/06)

Normally, I do my best to construct the word of the day lesson around a current event, holiday, or something I just had to get off my bird and I suppose you could say I’m doing it all the same today with some added shameless promotion for my very own birthday. So what I’m really trying to say is, excuse me while I toot my own horn. Last year I spent my birthday weekend in the Bahamas and this year I blog from Salem, Illinois in America’s glorious Mid-West where there is little to do it seems. I could spout out about which foreign land I’d love to be parading around at the moment, but I sort of do that everyday so I’ll carry on no further. Here are a few ways to wish someone Happy Birthday across the globe:

  • Afrikaans – Veels geluk met jou verjaarsdag!
  • Albanian – Urime ditelindjen!
  • Arabic – Eid milaad saeed! or Kul sana wa inta/itayeb/a (mas/fem)
  • Benagli (Bangladesh/India) – Shuvo Jonmodin!
  • Bicol (Philippines) – Maogmang Pagkamundag!
  • Bulgarian – Chestit Rojden Den!
  • Chinese (Cantonese) – Sun Yat Fai Lok!
  • Danish – Tillykke med fodselsdagen!
  • Esperanto – Felichan Naskightagon!
  • Farsi – Tavalodet Mobarak!
  • French – Joyeux Anniversaire!
  • Georgian – Gilotcav dabadebis dges!
  • Greek – Chronia Pola!
  • Maori – Kia huritau ki a koe!
  • Romanian – La Multi Ani!
  • Sudanese – Wilujeng Tepang Taun!
  • Surinamese – Mi fresteri ju!
  • Welsh – Penblwydd Hapus i Chi!

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Click here to go to this page that lists Happy Birthday in 161 languages. While you’re searching for another one not found on my list here to send my way (coughs), I mean to tell your younger sibling or pet dog, I’ll be hanging out at Wal-Mart with some cerveza. Seems to be the thing to do out yonder.