Languages › Mandarin The Happy Birthday Song in Chinese Learn to sing it, it's easy! Share Flipboard Email Print FangXiaNuo/Getty Images Mandarin Vocabulary Mandarin History and Culture Pronunciation Understanding Chinese Characters By Qiu Gui Su Chinese Language Expert Qiu Gui Su is a native Mandarin speaker who has taught Mandarin Chinese for over 20 years. our editorial process Qiu Gui Su Updated April 01, 2019 The Happy Birthday Song has a strangely contested history. The tune was originally composed in the late 1800s by Patty and Mildred Hill, though the lyrics were not the same. In fact, the Hill sisters titled the song "Good Morning To All." Somewhere along the way, the phrase "happy birthday" became associated with the melody. In 1935, the Summy Company registered a copyright for the Birthday Song. In 1988, Warner Music bought that copyright and has been making big bank ever since. Warner Music charged royalties for public performances of the Happy Birthday Song and appearances in film soundtracks. Only until 2016 did the popular song become public domain. In February 2016, a US federal judge closed a case ruling that Warner Music does not hold a valid copyright to the Happy Birthday Song's lyrics and melody. Now, the Birthday Song finally belongs to the public and is considered one of the most popular songs in the world. It has been translated into many languages, including Mandarin Chinese. It's an easy song to learn in Chinese since it is essentially just two phrases repeated over and over again. Practice speaking the words to this song before singing them. This will ensure that you are learning the words with the proper tones. When singing in Mandarin Chinese, sometimes the tones are not clear given the melody of the song. Notes 祝 (zhù) means "wish" or "express good wishes". 祝你 (zhù nǐ) means "wishing you." 快樂 (in traditional form) / 快乐 (simplified form) (kuài lè) can be preceded by other happy events such as Christmas (聖誕節快樂 / 圣诞节快乐 / shèng dàn jié kuài lè) or New Year (新年快樂 / 新年快乐 / xīn nián kuài lè). Pinyin shēng rì kuài lèzhù nǐ shēng rì kuài lèzhù nǐ shēng rì kuài lèzhù nǐ shēng rì kuài lèzhù nǐ yǒngyuǎn kuài lè Traditional Chinese Characters 生日快樂祝你生日快樂祝你生日快樂祝你生日快樂祝你永遠快樂 Simplified Characters 生日快乐祝你生日快乐祝你生日快乐祝你生日快乐祝你永远快乐 English Translation Happy BirthdayWish to you happy birthdayWish to you happy birthdayWish to you happy birthdayWish to you happiness forever Hear the Song The melody of the song is the same as the birthday song in English. You can hear the Chinese version sung to you by the crooning Mando pop-star Jay Chou.