Something great has happened to a friend of yours. Maybe they won a contest, are getting married, or landed a new job.
Whatever the case, you want to congratulate them. But the problem is, they only speak English, and the only English phrase you can think of is “Congratulations!”
So whether you’re writing a message or saying it in person, here are some popular English phrases that will make your congratulations as heart-felt as possible!
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First, let’s start out with the basics.
People usually shorten the word “congratulations” to “congrats” unless they are writing a formal message or making a speech.
You can also use “congrats” with verbs in the -ing form. For example:
This is another casual way to congratulate someone on something.
Just keep in mind that “Happy” is only used with specific days and events, so you can’t use it to congratulate people for everything. For example, “Happy new job” wouldn’t make sense, but you could say “Happy first day at your new job!”
“You did it” means that you were successful at something.
“You deserve it” means that someone deserves their success, because they worked hard for it.
When you’re congratulating someone, you’re usually happy about what happened to them. So here are some ways to express this in English!
When congratulating someone, it’s common to hope that more good things happen to them! Here are some ways you can do this.
“You’re going to do great” is a more casual way to say “you’re going to do well.”
Below are some samples you may find useful. For practice, find the phrases we introduced in the samples below. Then try writing some of your own messages. If you need anyone to check them, remember that our tutors are here for you and your first 25 minutes are free!
Hey Renuka and Adam, Just saw that Joe turned one! Happy birthday to him and congrats to the two of you for surviving your first year of parenthood! xoxo
I heard from Mike that you won an award for your movie! I’m so proud of you and I love that you’re achieving your dream of becoming a film director! Anyways, congrats on the prize and good luck with your future movies! (PS - let me know if you need any extras! jk)
I just wanted to congratulate you on getting into Oxford! It must feel nice to get into your dream school. You deserve it and I know you’ll do great there! Love, Aunt Jennifer
Congratulations on your promotion to regional manager! I’ve enjoyed seeing you grow the past few years and am delighted to see that your efforts and achievements are being recognized! I am sure that you’ll do great in your new role.