Happy Birthday!

birthday decorations
Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 2, 2022 and last updated on July 25, 2023

The topic of Birthdays is a joyful and culturally significant subject for English learners, offering a delightful opportunity to enhance their language skills. Exploring this topic introduces learners to a diverse range of vocabulary, expressions, and customs related to celebrating one’s special day.

Moreover, reading birthday-related stories and listening to birthday songs enhances reading comprehension and listening abilities. Embracing the world of Birthdays not only brings joy but also enriches language proficiency with engaging and real-life contexts.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Happy Birthday!

Birthdays are a time when we celebrate getting one year older.

Some people like celebrating their birthday because they get presents and spend time with friends and family.

Other people don’t like their birthday because they don’t want to get older.

Usually, children love celebrating their birthday because they get lots of toys and maybe have a party with their friends.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • birthday (noun)
  • present (noun)
  • gift (noun)
  • celebrate (verb)
  • candle (noun)
  • party (noun)
  • look forward to (phrasal verb)
  • enjoy (verb)
  • surprise (verb)

Conversation Questions

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  • Do you like celebrating your birthday?
  • When is your birthday?
  • What present would you like for your next birthday?
  • Do you usually get a birthday cake?
  • What is the best present you ever received for your birthday?
  • Do you prefer celebrating your birthday or the birthday of a friend?
  • What is the best month of the year to have a birthday? Why?
  • What is the worst day to have a birthday? Why?
  • How many presents do you usually get on your birthday?
  • Do you usually receive birthday cards?
  • Would you prefer to receive presents or money for your birthday?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.