Knowing milestones such as birthdays or other important dates in Chinese is integral to learning the language. Yet it’s also important to know dates and the typical formats in daily usage in case you need to plan an event or meeting.

In this Podcast you will learn:

1. How to say “happy birthday” to others in Chinese

2. How to say your own birthday and the date in Chinese

3. Most importantly, how to sing a “birthday song” in Chinese!!! Chinese words and phrases mentioned in the Podcast:


1. 快乐:Happy

2. 生日:Birthday

3. 生日快乐:Happy Birthday!


1. 祝你生日快乐 Wish you happy birthday Note: you can replace the word you with him or her or the person’s name in Chinese 祝他(她)生日快乐:Wish him (her) a happy birthday 祝Johnny生日快乐:Wish Johnny a happy birthday.

2. 1) 你的生日是什么? When is your birthday?

2) 我的生日是1983年6月10日。 My birthday is June 10th, 1983


1. To say a specific date in Chinese, we follow a Year+Month+Day pattern.

For example: 今天是2015年11月28日。 Today is Nov 28th, 2015

2. In daily conversation, people will usually say “号”. For example, November 3rd can be said 11月3日or 11月3号; the latter one is more common in daily conversation

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Narrated by Song Liu

Our Podcast narrator, is a native Chinese speaker and is originally from Beijing, China and is keen to help you get ahead with learning. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Song also hosted a Mandarin live call-in news and music radio show in the Bay Area.

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