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So today is a very important day guys. It’s my husband’s birthday. Yah, Tuca is turning 31 years old. I don’t know if you guys know that, but I’m 3 years older than him kkkk. In two weeks by the way, I’ll turn 34 years old, OMG I’m getting old kkk. Well, I know that you guys love when I share things from my daily routine, some real-life situations and here is it and that’s our topic for today! I also wanna take the opportunity and explain the difference among some greetings: Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary and Congratulations besides other curiosities as well.
Talking about them, the first one is regarding our age. Just be careful with that because we ALWAYS use the verb TO BE to say our age ok? Like:
- I’m 17 years old
- She’s 29
- John is 57
And another common mistake. You may say the age + years old or simply the age, but never the age + years like
- He’s 25 years. (that’s wrong ok?)
- He’s 25 or He’s 25 years old.
Well, another point is… when you’re talking about the day you’re getting older, you should use the verb TO TURN alright? I mentioned that in the beginning of our English Bite today: Tuca is TURNING 31 years old… and not MAKING or DOING 31 years old alright? In two weeks, I will TURN 34 years old and again not “MAKE” 34 OR “DO” 34 – be careful with this verb, ok?
Well, when it’s someone’s birthday, it means this person is GETTING OLD. I know many English learners find this verb TO GET very confusing but my suggestion is: don’t try to memorize all the meanings of the verb GET. Try to get them according to what you learn in your daily routine. That’s the easiest way to know more words and meanings.
You can even use the verb TO GET OLD in other situations like, when you realize your little niece or cousin is growing up, is not a kid anymore… and then you say: OMG, I’M GETTING OLD! Or when you think about the old times, when you used to listen to your favorite song on your cassette tape player…
Alright… so what should we wish Tuca today? Yep, that’s easy, right? HAPPY BIRTHDAY because today is the day of his birth… in other words, it is the day he was born.
So guys, if it’s your friend’s, mom’s, dad’s, relatives’, dog’s… birthday, you should always say: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ok? That’s the correct greeting!
Now, we have another very common and interesting greeting that is very similar to this one… but just similar cause we’re gonna use it in a different occasion. The greeting I’m talking about is: HAPPY ANNIVERSARY. Yep, that one is really special and we’re not gonna use for birthdays but for important dates and celebrations like your wedding day or the day you got engaged, the day you guys first met or even the day a couple got divorced, I don’t know. We can also use anniversary to celebrate the founding of an institution, company or service. Whatever you wanna celebrate 🙂
Now be careful! A very common mistake here is to use the greeting CONGRATULATIONS for both situations mentioned before (Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary). Guys, Congratulations must be used in a different context ok? Every time you get something you want, achieve a goal or a dream, or when you do something correctly, or…. I don’t know… so in these cases you should say: CONGRATULATIONS!
- Is today your sister’s graduation? Congratulations!
- Did your husband get a new job? Congratulations!
- Did you get promoted at work? Congratulations!
- Did your son have a baby? Congratulations!
I just mentioned some examples so you can understand better what I’m talking about. Now one little curiosity about all these things. Here in the US, there’s something they are all crazy about: greeting cards. They have greeting cards for any special occasion you imagine and ever for those ones you don’t imagine kkkkkk
There are huge aisles in grocery stores, supermarkets, drugstores, department stores with different prices, sizes, types, styles, colors, titles, anywhere you go you’ll find aisles and aisles of greetings cards: birthday cards, anniversary cards or if you just want to congratulate somebody on something! It’s really cool!
So guys, today I taught you the difference among HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY AND ALSO CONGRATULATIONS. I also talked about the verbs TO TURN and TO GET OLD, how to say your age in English and about GREETING CARDS here in the USA.
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