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Want to greet your French friends or offer well wishes during special occasions but don’t know how to say it in French? This article will teach you exactly what French greetings to say or write during the most important events.
Whether it’s a festive event like a birthday, anniversary, wedding, promotion, or holidays---or an unfortunate situation like a sickness or death in the family---stick with me here because I’ll be sharing with you how to express your well-wishes in French.
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Let’s start with French birthday greetings. Birthday traditions in France are same as elsewhere: a cake, gifts, as well as singing of birthday songs. The birthday song is similar in tune to the “happy birthday to you” song you’re quite familiar with---but translated into French, of course.
Here are some common ways to greet people a happy birthday in French.
|Joyeux anniversaire !||Happy birthday!|
|Bon anniversaire !||Happy birthday!|
|Bonne fête !||Happy birthday!|
|Que tu profites encore de nombreuses années !||May you enjoy many more years!|
|Que tous tes désirs se réalisent !||May all your wishes come true!|
|Je te souhaite plein de bonheur en cette journée spéciale.||Wishing you every happiness on your special day.|
|Je te souhaite tout plein de bonheur en cette journée particulière. Passe une merveilleuse journée !||Wishing you every happiness this special day brings. Have a wonderful birthday!|
Joyeux anniversaire [zhwy euz ahn ee vehr seyr] and bon anniversaire [bohn ahn ee vehr seyr] are commonly used in France, but in French-speaking parts of Canada, it’s usually bonne fête [bohn fet].
Note: You might have noticed that in French punctuation, there is a space before the exclamation point. Like this !
Wondering how to greet a married couple in French during their wedding anniversary? Here are some ways.
|Joyeux anniversaire !||Happy Anniversary!|
|Joyeux ...(ème) anniversaire de mariage !||Happy __th Anniversary!|
|Félicitations pour vos noces….||Congratulations on your ______ wedding anniversary!|
|...de porcelaine||porcelain (20th)|
|...de perle||pearl (30th)|
|...de rubis||coral (35th)|
|...de diamant||diamond (60th)|
You might have noticed that joyeux anniversaire is the same phrase listed previously for birthday greetings. And...you’re absolutely right! While this may seem weird to non-French speakers, in French, anniversaire covers so much more than just anniversary; it can also refer to birthdays.
How about during challenging moments when you struggle so hard to express your condolences in French? How do you say how sorry you are for their loss?
Here is a list of French words of sympathy that you may use to condole and share in the sorrow of a grieving French person. We have added some details below to guide you on when to properly use these condolences.
|Je vous prie de bien vouloir accepter mes sincères condoléances.||Please accept my sincere condolences.||Very basic and common phrase to offer sympathy.|
|Nous vous prions d'accepter nos sincères condoléances.||Please accept our most sincere sympathy.||Highly formal. may be used to offer condolences to people you are not very familiar with.|
|Nous sommes sincèrement désolés d'apprendre la disparition de _____…||We are sincerely sorry to hear about the passing of____.||This is usually reserved for close friends.|
|En ces moments difficiles nous tenions à vous faire part de nos sincères condoléances.||Please accept our deepest and most heartfelt condolences at this most difficult time.||May be used for close/ familiar friends.|
|Je suis de tout cœur avec vous.||I'm with you with all my heart and soul.||An informal way to offer sympathy and may be used with close friends and family.|
|Nous partageons votre peine en ce moment de deuil. Nos sincères condoléances, à vous et à votre famille.||We share your difficulty in this time of grieving. Our sincere condolences to you and to your family.||This one is also a little less formal than the others and may be used between families and friends who are quite familiar with each other.|
As the song says, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. Surely you can’t miss greeting your French friends this holiday season! Or perhaps you want to "Frenchify" your holiday greetings this year. This is what you say:
|Joyeux Noël !||Merry Christmas!|
|Bonnes Fêtes !||Happy Holidays!|
|Joyeuses Fêtes !||Happy Holidays!|
|Meilleurs Voeux !||Best wishes!|
|Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année !||Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!|
|Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année de la part de…||Season's greetings from…|
|Bonne Année !||Happy New Year!|
|Bonnes fêtes de fin d'année !||Happy Holidays!|
See also: How to Greet Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in French for a more detailed guide.
The need for saying congratulations in French could come up a lot more than you’d expect, especially if you are traveling or moving to a French-speaking country. So here are some phrases you can use to congratulate someone for general situations.
|Félicitations pour… -||Congratulations on…||standard congratulations|
|Nous voudrions te féliciter pour…||We would like to send you our congratulations on…|
|Bien joué.||Well done.|
|Nous savions que tu pouvais le faire.||We knew you could do it.||Usually used with family and friends|
|Je veux vous féliciter.||I want to congratulate you.|
|Chapeau !||Hats off to you!||This is an informal idiomatic expression that works similarly as with its English counterpart but may seem a bit old-fashioned.|
|Bon travail !||good work!|
The word félicitations [feh lees ee ta see yohn] is quite flexible and can work for all types of scenarios, and so does the verb it is derived from: féliciter. But if you want more specific ways to congratulate people, scroll down below.
So, someone you know is having a baby or just delivered a bundle of joy into the world. Here’s how to congratulate them in French.
|Félicitations pour la naissance de votre petit garçon / petite fille !||Congratulations on the arrival of your new beautiful baby boy/girl!|
|Félicitations pour la nouvelle arrivée dans votre famille !||Congratulations on the new arrival in your family!|
|Nous sommes ravis d'apprendre la naissance de votre petit garçon / petite fille. Félicitations.||We are delighted to hear of the birth of your new baby boy/girl. Congratulations.|
See also: French for Parents: Baby Talk, Vocabulary, and Tips
For academic achievements that deserve a pat on the back, here are some ways on how to express your warm sentiments.
|Félicitations pour ton diplôme !||Congratulations on your graduation!|
|Félicitations pour tes examens !||Congratulations on passing your exams!|
|Bien joué pour les examens.||Well done on your exams.|
|Félicitations pour l'obtention de ton Master !||Congratulations on getting your Masters!|
|Félicitations pour ton entrée à l'université.||Well done on getting into University.|
Weddings and engagements are among the happiest moments in a person’s life. When you need to show that you’re one with friends in their happiness, here are some well-wishes in French. You can use these to congratulate them and wish them the best in their huge milestone.
|Félicitations pour tes fiançailles !||Congratulations on your engagement!|
You can then follow it up with some add-ons:
|J'espère que vous serez très heureux ensemble.||I hope you’ll be very happy together.|
|J'espère que vous vous rendrez extrêmement heureux l'un l'autre.||I hope you will make each other extremely happy.|
|Avez-vous déjà fixé la date du grand jour ?||Have you set the date of the big day?|
|Félicitations. Nous vous souhaitons à tous les deux tout le bonheur du monde.||Congratulations. We wish both of you all the happiness in the world.|
|Félicitations pour votre mariage!||Congratulations on the wedding!|
|Félicitations et meilleurs vœux à vous deux pour votre mariage.||Congratulations and best wishes to you both on your wedding day.|
|Félicitations aux jeunes mariés pour leur heureuse union.||Congratulations to the newlyweds on their happy union.|
|Félicitations pour vous être dit "oui" !||Congratulations on saying yes (or saying “your "I do's"! ) -informal|
|Félicitations à vous deux !||Congratulations on tying the knot! (informal)|
Work-related wins and advancements call for some celebration---and well-wishes from friends and family. So in cases when you need to extend your congrats, here are some ways to do so, as well as some ways to wish people luck on their new work.
|Félicitations pour avoir décroché ce poste !||Congratulations on getting the job!|
|Félicitations pour ton avancement !||Congratulations on the promotion!|
|Nous te souhaitons beaucoup de succès dans cette prochaine étape professionnelle.||We wish you every success on your latest career move.|
|Nous te souhaitons bonne chance dans ton nouveau travail chez…||We wish you the best of luck in your new job at…|
|Bonne chance pour ta première journée chez…||Good luck on your first day at…|
Have friends or colleagues who have fallen ill and need some cheering? Send them a get well message and let them know they’re in your thoughts. Here are some words you might want to tell them.
|Prompt rétablissement.||[Wish you a] speedy recovery.|
|Rétablis-toi vite.||Get well soon.|
|Nous vous souhaitons un prompt rétablissement||We wish you a quick recovery.|
|Se sentir mieux bientôt||Feel better soon.|
|Je pense à toi et espère que tu te sentiras mieux très bientôt.||Thinking of you and hope you feel better soon.|
|Nous espérons que tu seras sur pieds d'ici peu.||We hope that you will be up on your feet soon.|
I’m sure you’re familiar with the word merci (mehr see), but there are more ways to say thanks in French. Check out this list of phrases you can use to express your gratitude.
|Merci beaucoup pour…||Many thanks for…|
|mille mercis||Thanks a thousand times|
|Je ne sais pas comment te remercier pour…||I really don't know how to thank you for…|
|Nous voudrions vraiment remercier... du fond du cœur pour…||We would like to extend our warmest thanks to…for…|
|Nous te sommes très reconnaissants pour…||We are very grateful to you for…|
|C'est vraiment gentil de ta part.||It is really nice of you.|
|Je vous remercie.||I thank you. (very formal)|
|Je vous remercie de tout cœur.||I thank you from the bottom of my heart. (also formal and with more emphasis than the previous)|
|Je vous adresse mes plus vifs remerciements.||I send you my most sincere/warmest thanks. (usually in written formal thank you letters)|
Do you have more scenarios that need a list of French greetings or well-wishes? Don’t hesitate to let me know in the comment section and I will try to update this article with your suggestions.
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Try writing your own greetings using the examples given above and share it with us in the comment section!
Sometimes, due to various reasons, you may not be able to attend a person's wedding. At such times sending your wishes through a letter is the best resort.
When you want to tell someone their life achievement is worth celebrating, it’s typical to offer a note of congratulations.
Saying ‘congratulations’ can take many forms. Sometimes, we shorten the word to simply, ‘Congrats!’ Other times, it may be more appropriate to pen a long, thorough message that showcases how proud you are.
Whatever the case—be it a finished marathon, a major promotion, a new baby, or even a small victory like pulling a grade up from a C to an A—writing a congratulations message is a fantastic way to express your feelings and give praise.
As long as you pay attention to the recipient’s milestone, your words of congratulations will let them know you truly care about their success. Who knows, your heartfelt message might just make their day!
Since we’ve been focusing on writing how-to’s all month long, here are our tips for giving hearty congratulations throughout every stage of life.
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If you’re still lost for words, these tips can make it easier to write a message of congratulations, no matter who’s on the receiving end.
1Start strong. There’s one word you can always count on as you begin singing your praises. You probably guessed it: Congratulations! By congratulating your recipient from the very start, your note will already be on target with what you want to say.
2Be personal. Everyone loves a hand-written compliment! After you say congrats, tell the recipient how proud you are of them and remind them why they deserve this. Acknowledge the specific achievement and add in some extra congratulations words.
3End with a heartfelt closing. Offer your well-wishes for their continued success or new chapter, and you’re all set!
The goal of any congratulations message is to show the recipient you care—and to make them feel extra-special! Words go a long way in expressing our deepest sentiments, and congratulatory words are no exception.
What are your favorite ways to say congratulations at every milestone?
What goes well with the perfect wedding gift? Heartfelt wishes, of course! With texting and emails being so prevalent today, it's not always easy.
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Funny wedding greetings can brighten up the newlyweds’ day and let them know, in a humorous way, that you’re happy for them. Life is too short to take everything dead serious. Weddings are joyous occasions – time to have some fun!
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It’s such a blessing to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. Congratulations!
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Let’s get ready to rumble! Congratulations wedding participants.
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There are three rings of marriage that form your gift: the engagement Ring, the wedding Ring, and the suffeRING.
A happy marriage depends on spouses saying this simple phrase, “Yes Dear.”
Congratulations on convincing your lovely bride to settle on you – Beauty and the Beast.
I couldn’t be happier for you signing your life away.
All dressed up and everywhere to go!
Sharing is caring…but sometimes enough is enough.
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Marriage is all about give and take – the more your give, the more he’ll take.
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Marriage is about communication and compromise. She’ll be doing the communication and you’ll be doing the compromise.
More men get food poisoning from wedding cake than any other edible.
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If the invitations suddenly disappeared, eloping is an option.
A blind wife and a deaf husband make for an ideal couple.
Your love inspired wedding was a glorious occasion. Congrats.
Your kids grow up and move out. Your husband never does. Just sayin’. Best wishes on your marriage.
Our wedding gift to you is two life preservers.
When two hearts love each other, don’t forget the prenuptial.
Look, I know a good travel agent if either of you changes your mind. If not, have a wonderful wedding!
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Before you’re married, you will fall madly in love with each other. After you’re married, you will just be mad at each other. Oh well, best wishes on your wedding.
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“Spending time with friends” will now be a distant memory.
From single to married, from available to busy, from no worries to no money — You sure you want to do this?
Like a well constructed house, this marriage is built to last. Think of jewelry on birthdays as your insurance.
Marriage is the equivalent of signing a marriage contract which does not give you the option of renewing it every year. Congratulations to a perfect pair.
Getting married is like a class on Shakespeare. You get a little comedy, some romance and a lot of tragedy. Congratulations.
We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.
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If you know of any funny wedding greetings you’d like to share, please send them our way! Thanks.
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