HOW TO: Say ‘Happy New Year!’ in 15 Different Languages Other Than English

2014 is ending and the New Year is coming quickly now that Christmas is over. For me, this year has been full of discoveries and realizations. I would go into that but I don’t really remember all of the discoveries and/or realizations. But I will say, it has been slow and fast, easy and hard, happy and sad– truly a big ball of contradictions, but I am glad I went through it so that I will not have to go through it ever again. Ever.

Now, I know that not all countries and religions celebrate the New Year on January 1st. What I am not sure about is whether all countries and/or religions even celebrate the new year. But, I have, regardless, procured a list of happy new years in 15 different languages other than English.

How to read the list:

You will notice that beside or underneath some of the languages there is a literal translation if it means something other than ‘Happy New Year’ and/or a Romanization (phonetics) of the saying if it is typed in characters that are not native to the English language such as Japanese or Korean. You’re Welcome.  The links on some of these will lead you to websites that further explain the meanings of some of these sayings.

So, without further ado I shall wish you a happy, healthy, successful new year in 15 different languages in no particular order.

  • Spanish: ¡Próspero año Nuevo!
  • Literal translation: Prosperous New Year!

  • Mandarin: 新年快乐  (Xin Nian Kuai Le) (zeen neean kwai luh)

  • French: Bonne année et bonne santé !
  • Literal Translation: Good Health and Good Year!

  • Korean: 새해복많이받으세요! (sae hae bok manhi badeuseyo) (formal)
  • Literal translation: Please receive a lot of good luck for the New Year.

  • Japanese: 明けましておめでとう! (akemashite omedetou) (less formal)

  • Italian: felice anno nuovo!

  • Hawaiian: Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

  • Greek: Ευτυχισμένο το Νέο Έτος! (ef-tee-xe-sme-nos o ke-nu-ree-os xro-nos)

  • Tagalog/Filipino: Manigong bagong taon!
  • Literal translation: Have A Prosperous New Year

  • German: Frohes Neues Jahr!
  • Note: It is my understanding that this is different in different regions of Germany. Click the link for more on this.

  • Irish: Athbhliain faoi mhaise duit!

  • Portuguese: Feliz Ano novo!

  • Russian: С Новым Годом – С Новым Счастьем! (Z No’vim Go’dom -)
  • Literal Translation: with the New year – with the new happiness. It is widely believed in Russia that the new year will bring new, exciting things and that it will be better than the last.

  • Turkish: Yeni yılınızı kutlar, sağlık ve başarılar dileriz
  • Literal translation: We wish you a happy, healthy, and successful new year.

  • Vietnamese: Chuc Mung Nam Moi

This is not the last of me. I will see you next year. Sage Out.


One thought on “HOW TO: Say ‘Happy New Year!’ in 15 Different Languages Other Than English

  1. Pingback: 13 Different Ways to Say ‘Happy New Year!’ in English | Saged & Confused

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