How to say "Happy Birthday"

Usually a simple " " should be enough. If, however, you want to impress him/her you can sing the following "Happy Birthday" song :

Greek TextPronunciationEnglish Translation
*na zIsis thanAsi* (Long) may you live Thanasis
*k'e khrOn'a polA* and (may you live) many years
*meghAlos na gh'Inis* may you grow old
*me Aspra mal'A* with white (gray) hair
*pandU na skorpIzis* (May you) spread out everywhere
*tis ghnOsis to fOs* the light of knowledge
*k'e Oli na lEne* and may everybody say
*na Enas sofOs* there, (he is) a wise man
Of course, if your friend is not named you will have to substitute his name in the first verse (always in the vocative case). For example

NameFirst Verse
(Only for names in "-" with more than 2 syllables)
If your friend is a girl then you will have to change the adjectives and to (*meghAli*) and (*mIa sofI*) correspondingly. You can listen to the song the way it is supposed to be sung (courtesy Cynthia Ann Childers).
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Last modified: Fri Nov 8 15:45:43 1996