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How to say Happy Birthday Canada in 16 languages

Canada is an enormous place of extraodrinary cultural diversity. That's reflected in the fact that, according to the 2011 census, more than 200 languages are spoken in this country.

How many are spoken at NAIT? More than 16, of course, but we couldn't possibly fit them all in the video above, which features birthday greetings in languages from around the world. Here are the phonetic spelling of the messages from well wishers.

Mandarin: 生日快乐   加拿大 [sheng-ri-kuai-le, jia-na-da]

Farsi: تولدت مبارک کانادا [tav-a-lot Ca-na-da]

Korean (Hangul): 생일 축하해요, 캐나다! [sang-eel chuka-hae-yo, Ca-na-da!]

Armenian: Ծնունդդ շնորհավոր Կանադա [Tz-nundt sh-nor-ha-vor Ca-na-da]

Japanese: カンダお誕生日おめでとう [Ka-na-da o-tan-jou-bi o-med-e-tou]

Croatian: Sretan Rođendan, Kanada [Sre-ton Ro-jen-don, Ca-na-da]

Yoruba: Ku ojo ibi Canada [Koo o-jo ih-bee Ca-na-da]
Cantonese: 加拿大,生日快樂 [ga-na-dai sang-yad-fai-lok]

Ukrainian: З Днем народження, Канадо! [Z Dnem na-rod-zhen-nya, Ca-na-do]

Tagalog: Maligayang Bati Canada [mah-lee-gah-yah-ng, bah-tee]

Catalan: Feliç Aniversari Canadà [fuh-lees uh-nev-uhr-sah-ree kuh-nuh-da]

Polish: Wszystkiego najlepszego Kanada [fszy-skje-go naj–lep–szego Ka-na-da]

Arabic: عيد ميلاد سعيد يا كندا  [eye-eed maw-lid sigh-eed Ca-na-da]

Spanish: feliz cumpleaños Canada [fuh-lees coom-play-nose Ca-na-da]

French: Joyeux anniversaire Canada [joy-yuh an-ih-ver-sair Ca-na-da]

Leave us a comment below to tell us how to say it another way.

From all of us at NAIT, happy 150th birthday, Canada!

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