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Say “Happy New Year” in 40 Languages

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The New Year is upon us! Learn how to wish a “Happy New Year” to your friends around the world. Matador Network has translated the phrase into 40 different languages. Below are a few I thought would be most helpful to those of you teaching or learning a new language in class this year (plus a couple lesser known ones for fun!). You can learn the full list here. Here’s to a happy, healthy new year and safe travels in 2012!

In Afrikaans, say “Gelukkige Nuwejaar”
Pronounced: gha-likkikga-neeva-yaarr (“gh” is a throat scraping guttural sound)

In French, say “Bonne Année”
Pronounced: bon a-nay
In Gaelic, say “Bliadhna mhath ur”
Pronounced: Bleenah vahth oohr
In German, say “Frohes Neues Jahr,” or “Gutes Neues Jahr”
Pronounced: frohes neuyis yar, or gutes neu-yis yar
In Italian, say “Buon anno,” or “Felice anno nuovo”
Pronounced boo-on ah-nno / fae-lee-chae ah-nno noo-o-vo
In Mandarin, say “新年快乐”
Pronounced: xīn nián kuài lè
In Maori, say “Kia hari te tau hou”
Pronounced: kia hari tay tau ho
In Portuguese, say “Feliz Ano Novo”
Pronounced: feh-liz an-oh noh-voh
In Quechua, say “Allin wata kachun qanpaq” (singular),
or “Allin wata kachun qanqunapaq” (plural)
Pronounced: all-yin wa-ta ka-chun kan-pak,
or all-yin wa-ta ka-chun kan-koon-a-pak
In Spanish, say “Feliz Año Nuevo”
Pronounced: feh-liz an-yoh n-way-vo

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