April 15 – congratulate

April 15, 2019 =========

☆  congratulate 祝う


Just like thanking someone for their support, there are many different ways you can congratulate someone. There are of course many simple ways to congratulate someone, just saying, “Well done!” or “congratulations” is fine! Or like the useful phrase, “Allow me to congratulate you!”

However, if you can, being specific about why you are congratulating them, is a great idea. For example:

You’ve worked so hard for this. Well done on your promotion!
Congratulations on your new place! Please accept this small housewarming gift from us.
Well done on your examinations! I am so happy to hear that you got into the university you wanted.

Is it usual to be specific when congratulating someone in Japanese? Or is there a generic “Well done!” phrase that is usually used?