13th Mar2012

Everyday Korean – How to say “Happy Birthday!” in Korean

by Min

생일 축하해요! – Sang Il Chu Ka He Yo!

생신 축하드려요! – Sang Shin Chu Ka Deu Ryea Yo.


In this episode, we will learn how to say “Happy Birthday!” in Korean.

We say,

생일 축하해요! Sang Il Chu Ka He Yo!

For your friends or people younger than you, we say,

생일 축하해! Sang Il Chu Ka He! without 요 (Yo) in the end.

For people older than you, or higher rank than you, you should say,

생신 축하드려요! Sang Shin Chu Ka Deu Ryea Yo!

생신 Sang Shin is a respectful word for birthday, used for people older than you.

Literally, 생일 축하해요! means

생일 (Sang Il ) is birthday in Korean and 축하해요! means to congratulate. Therefore, it means ‘Congratulations to your birthday!’



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Generally, Happy Birthday!

생일 축하해요! Sang Il Chu Ka He Yo!

For friends or people younger than you,

생일 축하해! Sang Il Chu Ka He!

For people older than you or higher rank than you,

생신 축하드려요! Sang Shin Chu Ka Deu Ryea Yo!


Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

Happy Studying! :)







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26 Responses to “Everyday Korean – How to say “Happy Birthday!” in Korean”

  • hana

    한곡어크라스 촣아해요! 고맙습니다!

  • Lexy

    Thank you for your Blog!! Its has been a fantsatic blessing and a huge help as I learn Korean! :)

    • Min

      Thanks Lexy for your comment. It’s great to hear that my blog can be helpful for someone. Thank you. 감사합니다. :)

  • Nia

    Thank you so much for all the help! My boyfriend is Korean, and, as Korean isn’t my first language, a little extra help on the side is appreciated! (:

  • kenneth

    This is very big help for me now i know the basic Korean languages.
    Thank you Min for you blog it helps a lot for me. 감사합니다 :)

  • rine

    like this. .this can help me to practise more about korean languague :)

  • Anna

    Just found your blog (as I’m trying to wish Minho Choi happy birthday) and I hope you continue it! I’m also new to Korean and this is fantastic! 감사합니다!!!! :]

  • it was really important for me to learn cuz i have so many korean friends and my best friend is korean. it was one of my korean friends birthday…so i thought of giving her a surprise by wishing her happy birthday in koren. she was really amazed and happy….:)..thankqqqq…it was really helpful…!!!

    • Min

      Wow! Glad that you could surprise your friend with your Korean! That’s great! Thank YOU for visiting my blog!

  • Phinn

    this is just great, i’m kenyan and i’m trying to teach myself some basic korean. Your blog goes along way in this venture

  • Oh my god!! Thank you so much!!! I’ve been trying to find a good website to learn Korean. And I found an average one but with not very good audio. Now that I found your blog JESUS!! Thank God I found you!!! It’s gonna help me a lot.
    Please don’t stop posting!!! I’ll be following and reading you every day!!! Thank you!! :)
    Greetings from Mexico.

  • kath

    hello.. this is really a good way to learn korean. i’m from the philippines. i’m an english teacher for korean students but i really want to learn korean language instead and this is the first video i found that is very easy to understand! thank you

    • Min

      Hi Kath, thank you for your nice comment! I hope you can use some phrases that you learned from my blog and talk to your Korean students. Thank you!

  • Mark

    Thanks for this blog. I speak Japanese and now I want to learn Korean. Your explanations are very good and easy to understand. Good luck with this blog! I will check back again.

    • Min

      Hi Mark, Thank you for your nice comment. Please come back again and check my blog out! Thanks! 감사합니다!

  • thank for your post, it’s great post to understanding how to say “happy birthday” for me in korean languange.thanks

  • Remde neel

    .thank you so much min!
    I’m a philipina and I really really love to learn korean language !
    Thx! :) :) :) :)

    • Min

      Hi Remde,

      Thank you for your nice comment!
      I’ll upload some more Korean lessons.
      Thank you.

      If you are iphone, ipad user, you can check it out my E-Book!
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