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Birthday Vocabulary

birthday card

Your birthday is the anniversary of your birth. It is the same day every year:

On your birthday, your friends and family may send you birthday cards and birthday presents (gifts). You may celebrate your birthday with a birthday party, with a birthday cake, and with decorations like candles and balloons. Your friends may sing you a Happy Birthday song like this one:

Questions about Birthdays

Birthday Wishes

Here are things that people write on birthday cards and presents, or in letters and emails, or just say in conversation:

Birthday Party Words

Note that your birthday and birthdate are not exactly the same thing. Your birthdate, or date of birth, is the actual date on which you were born:
  • When were you born? What's your birthdate?
  • What year were you born in?
  • My date of birth is 7th July 1997.
  • Write your full name, address and birthdate on the application form.