Congratulate a new father


#1

What expression would you use to congratulate your japanese teacher for becoming a father?

I only know おめでとう…

Thanks!


#2

ご出産おめでとうございます!

(go)shussan omedetou (gozaimasu)!


#3

Thanks!! :slight_smile:


#4

Oh for some reason I expected baby photos because someone on the forum became father!


#5

I am not familiar with this phrase myself, but 出産 means giving birth, so I just wonder if perhaps it’s something you might say to the mother rather than the father? (Happy to be corrected if it definitely applies to either new parent!)


#6

I’m pretty sure that this can be said to the parents and just not exclusively the mother. I can’t explain why technically, but I’ve can vouch for using it to new parents and not making a fool out of myself (because then, my Japanese family would correct me). Hope this helps. :slight_smile:


#7

To me it sounds strange to say 出産 to the father. Then I would rather say:
"奥さんのご出産おめでとうございます” (congratulations on your wife’s birth)

Alternatively you can say:
“赤ちゃんのご誕生おめでとうございます” (congratulations on your baby’s birth)
or a bit more polite:
”お子様のご誕生おめでとうございます" (congratulations on your child’s birth)


#8

Oh! so sorry for disappointing you u.u’ i see how the title was misleading…


#9

Thanks a lot for your help! These are very interesting points!

Maybe it sounds strange but not enough to be offended?

To tell you the truth, I was in a hurry yesterday and I already gave him the card… He didn’t make a face or anything, but of course, that doesn’t prove anything, he probably appreciated the effort… xD

I will ask him the next day, I’m really curious now!


#10

Let me know so I can give my cousins hell for not steering me in the right direction!