English | Phrases - Personal | Best Wishes

Best Wishes - Marriage

Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Für Euren gemeinsamen Lebensweg wünschen wir Euch alle Liebe und alles Glück dieser Welt.
Congratulations. Wishing the both of you all the happiness in the world.
Used when congratulating a recently-married couple
Die allerbesten Wünsche zur Hochzeit, viel Freude und Glück.
Congratulations and warm wishes to both of you on your wedding day.
Used when congratulating a recently-married couple
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu Eurer Hochzeit!
Congratulations on tying the knot!
Informal, used when congratulating a recently married-couple that you know quite well
Wir gratulieren zu Eurem Ja-Wort!
Congratulations on saying your "I do's"!
Informal, used when congratulating a recently married-couple that you know quite well
Wir gratulieren der Braut und dem Bräutigam ganz herzlich zur Hochzeit!
Congratulations to the bride and groom on their happy union.
Used when congratulating a recently-married couple

Best Wishes - Engagement

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu Eurer Verlobung!
Congratulations on your engagement!
Standard phrase used to congratulate someone on their engagement
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu Eurer Verlobung und alles Gute für Eure gemeinsame Zukunft!
Wishing both of you all the best on your engagement and everything lies ahead.
Used when congratulating a recently engaged-couple
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zur Verlobung! Bleibt so glücklich wie Ihr heute seid.
Congratulations on your engagement. I hope you will both be very happy together.
Used when congratulating a recently engaged-couple
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zur Verlobung! Mögt Ihr gemeinsam glücklich werden.
Congratulations on your engagement. I hope you will make each other extremely happy.
Used when congratulating a recently engaged-couple
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zur Verlobung! Habt Ihr schon entschieden, wann die Hochzeit stattfinden wird?
Congratulations on your engagement. Have you decided upon big day yet?
Used when congratulating a recently engaged-couple who you know well, and to ask when the wedding will take place

Best Wishes - Birthdays and Anniversaries

Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag!
Birthday greetings!
General birthday wish, commonly found on birthday cards
Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!
Happy Birthday!
General birthday wish, commonly found on birthday cards
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag!
Many happy returns!
General birthday wish, commonly found on birthday cards
Alles Gute zu Deinem Ehrentag.
Wishing you every happiness on your special day.
General birthday wish, commonly found on birthday cards
Mögen all Deine Wünsche in Erfüllung gehen. Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!
May all your wishes come true. Happy Birthday!
General birthday wish, commonly found on birthday cards
Alles Glück der Welt wünsche ich Dir an diesem Tag. Genieße Deinen Geburtstag!
Wishing you every happiness this special day brings. Have a wonderful birthday!
General birthday wish, commonly found on birthday cards
Alles Gute zum Jahrestag!
Happy Anniversary!
General anniversary wish, commonly found on anniversary cards
Alles Gute zum ... Jahrestag!
Happy…Anniversary!
Anniversary wish used when celebrating a specific anniversary (e.g. 25th silver anniversary, 40th ruby anniversary)
... Jahre und immer noch wie am ersten Tag. Alles Gute zum Jahrestag!
…years and still going strong. Have a great Anniversary!
Used to emphasize the length of marriage and wish a happy anniversary
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zur Porzellanhochzeit!
Congratulations on your Porcelain Wedding Anniversary!
Used to celebrate a 20th wedding anniversary
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zur Silberhochzeit!
Congratulations on your Silver Wedding Anniversary!
Used to celebrate a 25th wedding anniversary
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zur Rubinhochzeit!
Congratulations on your Ruby Wedding Anniversary!
Used to celebrate a 40th wedding anniversary
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zur Perlenhochzeit!
Congratulations on your Pearl Wedding Anniversary!
Used to celebrate a 30th wedding anniversary
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zur Leinwandhochzeit!
Congratulations on your Coral Wedding Anniversary!
Used to celebrate a 35th wedding anniversary
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zur Goldenen Hochzeit!
Congratulations on your Gold Wedding Anniversary!
Used to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zur Diamantenen Hochzeit!
Congratulations on your Diamond Wedding Anniversary!
Used to celebrate a 60th wedding anniversary

Best Wishes - Get well Wishes

Gute Besserung!
Get well soon.
Standard get well wish, commonly found on cards
Ich hoffe auf Deine rasche und baldige Genesung.
I hope you make a swift and speedy recovery.
Standard get well wish
Wir hoffen, dass Du im Nu wieder auf die Beine kommst.
We hope that you will be up and about in no time.
Standard get well wish from more than one person
Ich denke an Dich. Ich hoffe, dass es Dir bald wieder besser geht.
Thinking of you. May you feel better soon.
Standard get well wish
Alle bei... wünschen Dir gute Besserung.
From everybody at…, get well soon.
Get well wish from several people in an office or place of work
Gute Besserung! Jeder hier bei... grüßt Dich herzlich.
Get well soon. Everybody here is thinking of you.
Get well wish from several people in an office or place of work

Best Wishes - General Congratulations

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu...
Congratulations on…
Standard congratulation sentence
Ich wünsche Dir viel Glück und viel Erfolg bei...
I wish you the best of luck and every success in…
Used when wishing someone success in the future
Ich wünsche Dir viel Erfolg bei...
I wish you every success in…
Used when wishing someone success in the future
Wir möchten Dir ganz herzlich zu ... gratulieren.
We would like to send you our congratulations on…
Used when congratulating someone for doing a specific thing
Glückwunsch zu...
Well done on…
Used when congratulating someone for doing a specific thing, less congratulatory
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zur bestandenden Fahrprüfung!
Congratulations on passing your driving test!
Used when congratulating someone on passing their driving test
Glückwunsch! Wir wussten, dass Du es schaffst.
Well done. We knew you could do it.
Used when congratulating someone, usually a close friend or member of the family
Gratuliere!
Congrats!
Informal, relatively uncommon, shorthand for congratulations and used when congratulating someone

Best Wishes - Academic Achievements

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Studienabschluss!
Congratulations on your graduation!
Used when congratulating someone for graduating from university
Herzlichen Glückwünsch zur bestandenen Prüfung!
Congratulations on passing your exams!
Used when congratulating someone for passing their school exams
Was bist Du für ein cleveres Kerlchen! Glückwunsch zur bestandenen Prüfung!
Who's a clever bunny then? Well done on acing your exam!
Informal colloquial phrase, used when someone you know well does exceedingly well on an exam
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Abschluss des Masterstudiums und viel Glück in der Arbeitswelt.
Congratulations on getting your Masters and good luck in the world of work.
Used when congratulating someone for completing their master's degree and wishing them luck in the future
Glückwunsch zu den großartigen Prüfungsergebnissen und alles Gute für die Zukunft.
Well done on your great exam results and all the best for the future.
Used when congratulating someone for passing their school exams, but when unsure whether they plan to go to university or get a job
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu Deinen Prüfungsergebnissen und alles Gute für Deine zukünftige Karriere!
Congratulations on your exam results. Wishing you all the best for your future career.
Used when congratulating someone for passing their school exams, and who you know is looking to get a job
Glückwunsch zur Aufnahme an der Universität. Viel Spaß!
Well done on getting into University. Have a great time!
Used when congratulating someone on getting a place at university

Best Wishes - Condolences

Wir sind alle tief erschüttert über den plötzlichen Tod von... und möchten Dir unser aufrichtiges Beileid aussprechen.
We are all deeply shocked to hear of the sudden death of…and we would like to offer our deepest sympathy.
Used when consoling someone on the death of someone close to them. The death could have been expected or unexpected
Mit tiefer Trauer haben wir von Deinem schmerzlichen Verlust erfahren.
We are so very sorry to hear about your loss.
Used when consoling someone on the death of someone close to them
Ich möchte Dir meine aufrichtige Anteilnahme an diesem dunklen Tag aussprechen.
I offer you my deepest condolences on this dark day.
Used when consoling someone on the death of someone close to them
Wir sind erschüttert und zutiefst betrübt über den vorzeitigen Tod Deines Sohns/Deiner Tocher/Deines Ehemanns/Deiner Ehefrau, ... .
We were disturbed and saddened by the untimely death of your son/daughter/husband/wife, … .
Used when consoling someone on the death of their son/daughter/husband/wife (includes the name of the deceased)
An diesem schweren Tag möchten wir Dir unser aufrichtiges und tief empfundenes Beileid aussprechen.
Please accept our deepest and most heartfelt condolences at this most challenging time.
Used when consoling someone on the death of someone close to them
Unsere Gedanken begleiten Dich und Deine Familie durch die schwere Zeit des Verlustes.
Our thoughts are with you and your family at this most difficult time of loss.
Used when consoling someone on the death of someone close to them

Best Wishes - Career Achievements

Wir wünschen Dir viel Erfolg in Deiner neuen Arbeit bei...
We wish you the best of luck in your new job at…
Used when wishing someone success in a new job
Alle bei... wünschen Dir viel Erfolg bei Deiner neuen Arbeit.
From all at…, we wish you the best of luck in your new job.
Used when old colleagues wish someone success in a new job
Wir wünschen Dir viel Erfolg in Deiner neuen Position als...
We wish you the best of luck in your new position of…
Used when old colleagues wish someone success in a new job position
Wir wünschen Dir viel Erfolg mit Deinem jüngsten Karriere-Schritt.
We wish you every success for your latest career move.
Used when old colleagues wish someone success in a new job
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zur neuen Position!
Congratulations on getting the job!
Used when congratulating someone on getting a new, usually lucrative, job
Viel Glück an Deinem ersten Arbeitstag bei...
Good luck on your first day at…
Used when wishing someone a good first day at a new job

Best Wishes - Birth

Wir haben uns sehr über die Geburt Eures kleinen Jungen/Mädchens gefreut. Wir gratulieren!
We were delighted to hear of the birth of your new baby boy/girl. Congratulations.
Used to congratulate a couple on the birth of their child
Wir gratulieren zu Eurem Neuankömmling!
Congratulations on your new arrival!
Used to congratulate a couple on the birth of their child
An die glückliche Mutter. Herzliche Grüße an Dich und Deinen Sohn/Deine Tochter.
For the new mother. Best wishes for you and your son/daughter.
Used to congratulate a woman on the birth of her child
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zur Geburt Eures süßen kleinen Jungen/Mädchens!
Congratulations on the arrival of your new beautiful baby boy/girl!
Used to congratulate a couple on the birth of their child
An die stolzen Eltern von... . Ich gratuliere zu Eurem Neuankömmling. Ich bin sicher, dass Ihr wundervolle Eltern sein werdet.
To the very proud parents of… . Congratulations on your new arrival. I'm sure you will make wonderful parents.
Used to congratulate a couple on the birth of their child

Best Wishes - Thanks

Vielen Dank für...
Many thanks for…
Used as a general thank you message
Ich möchte Dir/Euch im Namen meines Mannes/meiner Frau und mir danken...
I would like to thank you on behalf of my husband/wife and myself…
Used when thanking someone on behalf of yourself and someone else
Ich weiss wirklich nicht, wie ich Dir für ... danken soll.
I really don't know how to thank you for…
Used when you are very grateful to someone for doing something for you
Als kleines Zeichen unserer Dankbarkeit...
As a small token of our gratitude…
Used when giving a gift to someone as a thank you
Wir möchten ... unseren herzlichen Dank für ... aussprechen.
We would like to extend our warmest thanks to…for…
Used when you are grateful to someone for doing something for you
Wir sind Dir sehr dankbar, dass...
We are very grateful to you for…
Used when you want to thank someone sincerely for doing something for you
Nichts zu danken! Im Gegenteil: Wir haben Dir zu danken!
Don't mention it. On the contrary: we should be thanking you!
Used when someone thanks you for something, but what he / she did benefited you as well

Best Wishes - Season's Greetings

Frohe Feiertage wünschen...
Season's greetings from…
Used in the US to celebrate Christmas and New Year
Frohe Weihnachten und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Used in the UK to celebrate Christmas and New Year
Frohe Ostern!
Happy Easter!
Used in Christian countries to celebrate Easter Sunday
Frohes Erntedankfest!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Used in the US to celebrate Thanksgiving
Frohes neues Jahr!
Happy New Year!
Used to celebrate the New Year
Frohe Feiertage!
Happy Holidays!
Used in the US and Canada to celebrate holidays (especially used around Christmas/Hanukkah time)
Frohe Chanukka!
Happy Hanukkah!
Used to celebrate Hanukkah
Frohes Diwali! Möge dieses Diwali so leuchtend wie immer sein.
Happy Diwali to you. May this Diwali be as bright as ever.
Used to celebrate Diwali
Frohe Weihnachten!
Merry Christmas! / Happy Christmas!
Used in Christian countries to celebrate Christmas
Frohe Weihnachten und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Used in Christian countries to celebrate Christmas and New Year