Say “Happy New Year” in 40 Languages

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

Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
Sarah never gets in trouble for being on Facebook and Instagram at work, because its her job. As social media manager, she gets to tell the stories of travelers, teachers, and interesting places. Other titles she enjoys include dog mom to Knox, barre instructor, Crossfit athlete, avid reader, and world traveler.