CHINESE New Year is nearly upon us, and with it c0mes a whole host of superstitions which will apparently dictate how the next 12 months will play out.
But how do you wish someone Happy New Year in Chinese and are there other greetings?
How to say Happy New Year in Chinese and are there other greetings?
To say “Happy Chinese New Year” in Mandarin: xin nian (new year) kuai le (happy) – pronounced shin nee-an kwai le.
You can also use a less formal, shortened version – perfect for saying to friends and family.
This is: xin nian hao (good) – pronounced shin nee-an how.
A third greeting is: guo (spread) nian hao – pronounced gor nee-an how. This can be used on the day or after.
What does gong hei fat choy mean?
Although many people associate this phrase with Chinese New Year, gong hei fat choy doesn’t mean Happy New Year.
The greeting is frequently used at this time of year but it actually delivers a wish for prosperity to the person you say it to.
It is regularly used as a seasonal greeting in professional environments.
Gong hei fat choy is the Cantonese way of saying the phrase and in Mandarin Chinese, it’s gong xi fa cai (pronounced gong she fa tsai).