Happy New Year :)

I have missed you and been thinking about blogging, but you know how things go on family vacation.

So here’s how to say “Happy New Year” in all the languages I know how to say it in. If you know others, leave in the comments for GOLD STARS! I wonder how many we can get among us without cheating?! 😀

Akemashite omedetou! (Japanese)

Gong xi fa cai! (Mandarin)

Gong hey fat choy! (Cantonese)
Sei hei bok mani padu seyo! (I have no idea how this is spelled; I just learned it verbally from the Korean grocer around the corner)

Happy 2011, and here’s to our many future shenanigans!

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12 Responses to Happy New Year :)

  1. Kati says:

    Feliz Ano Novo!!! (portuguese)

    Kul al-‘am wa Antu Bikheir كل العام و انتوا بخير (arabic)

  2. Simon Hay says:

    Nga mihi o Te Tahou (Maori)

    Happy New year! 🙂

  3. Godt nytt ar. Norwegian. I think there’s supposed to be a little circle over the “a” in ar. And, of course, Feliz Ano!

  4. Christina says:

    Bonne Année! (french)

  5. JES says:

    Latin: Felix sit annus novus!

    (Do I get extra points for using the subjunctive?)

  6. Karissa says:

    lol… um.. gong xi fa cai doesn’t mean happy new year 🙂 that’s xin nian kuai le (and something else in cantonese). but points for the right sentiment.

    • Dude, you’re kidding, right? Hahaha. “Xin nian kuai le” is literally “Happy New Year,” but the set expression is Gong xi fa cai (same characters, Gunghei fatchoy in Cantonese).

      I think this might be one of the advantages of learning Chinese in class v native 2nd language learning 🙂 You only get what your parents, with their own interests, specific family cultures, and time limitations choose/remember to teach. I had a whole school of teachers correcting one another and all kinds of cultural pamphlets.

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