La mulți ani !

Mr Swann

Senior Member
French - France
Hello !

I would like if

La mulți ani !

is best way to say happy birthday (when written) to a romanian friends


Mulțumesc




google translate suggests others translations, but they are rarely exact ..
 
  • vincix

    Senior Member
    Romanian
    Sometimes google translate helps and it's getting better and better, but of course it's not a reliable source. For instance it's good to use when you already know both languages - it comes up with solutions you haven't thought of.
     

    metaphrastes

    Senior Member
    Portuguese - Portugal
    La mulți ani !

    is best way to say happy birthday (when written) to a romanian friends

    For what is worth, this traditional formula comes from Church usage, being the equivalent of the Greek Eis polla éti, the Latin Ad multos annos, the Slavonic Mnogaya Lyeta. It is sung in some Church services to ask God to give many years of life to Church dignitaries, or to a couple just married and their godparents and family, as well a newly-baptized baby and its godparents and family, and any suitable occasion.

    But it is used as well outside of Church services, often with popular verses added to the refrain La multi ani, wishing health and all good things. Usually, the singing follows a drink toast, when all use to say "Sanatate", similarly to the French "Santé!"

    Thus, it is part of the living language of Romanian-speaking people (Moldova too) and its usage is not exclusively religious and liturgical - though its origin is clearly so.
     

    Lucian Hodoboc

    New Member
    Romanian - Romania
    Hello !

    I would like if

    La mulți ani !

    is best way to say happy birthday (when written) to a romanian friends


    Mulțumesc




    google translate suggests others translations, but they are rarely exact ..
    Yes. This is the most common phrase to wish someone "Happy birthday" in Romanian. You can make it more personal, by adding their name after a comma at the end of the phrase (e.g.: "La mulţi ani, (their name)!").
     
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