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08:25 Jan 23, 2001
English to Tagalog translations [Non-PRO] Tech/Engineering
English term or phrase:menching have a happy and wonderful birthday
Explanation: Hello. This simple English phrase revolves around two concepts: "happy/wonderful" and "birthday".
In modern Tagalog, the equivalent of happy/fun/enjoyable is "Masaya", but a deeper, more appropriate word would be "MALIGAYA", which refers to a happiness that is more long-lasting and heartfelt.
The precise translation of "birthday" in Tagalog is "KAARAWAN", derived from "araw" or day ("kaarawan" is considered the short version of "kaarawan ng iyong pagsilang" or "day of your birth").
Although the Tagalog translation of the song "Happy Birthday" starts as "Maligayang Bati...", this is equivalent to saying "Happy Greeting" ("bati" = greeting), and this was probably adopted to accommodate the syllables of the original English birthday song. However, Filipinos today and in the past, greet their friends "MALIGAYANG KAARAWAN" on their birthdays.
Hope your friend feels real happy with your thoughtful greeting!