Happy New Year

Discussion in '中文+方言 (Chinese)' started by patrici, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. patrici Member

    Hi! I'd love to know how to say happy new year in Chinese (the pronunciation).

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Spectre scolaire Senior Member

    Moving around, p.t. Turkey
    Maltese and Russian
    Happy New Year! 祝新年快乐! zhù xīn nián kuài lè

    This is how they say it in Mandarin.
    :) :)
  3. Dalian

    Dalian Senior Member

    Shanghai, China
    Or just 新年快乐 (xīn nián kuài lè).

  4. jaxineau

    jaxineau Senior Member

    English/Chinese; Canada
    I usually put some sort of "you" in the phrase.
    祝您(nīn)新年快乐 or something like that.
  5. lasirena Senior Member

    US English
    Hola Patrici,

    No se' si has estudiado el pinyin (la romanizacio'n del chino). Si no, te escribo la pronunciacio'n de "feliz anyo nuevo" segu'n las reglas de la pronunciacio'n del castellano: shin nien cuai lah.

    ** "sh" es la u'nica excepcio'n ya que este sonido no existe. Aqui', "shin" se pronuncia como la palabra inglesa "sheep", so'lo que termina con n.

    新年快乐! xīn nián kuài lè

    shin nien cuai lah.
  6. Grefsen

    Grefsen Senior Member

    Southern California
    English - United States
    I have six students who are from China and I would like to send an e-mail to them this Sunday that that says "I wish you all a Happy New Year!" in Mandarin. Would the following be correct?

  7. Lucia_zwl

    Lucia_zwl Senior Member

    Your students must feel lucky to have you as their teacher.:thumbsup:

    If you mean Mandarin, i.e. Simplified Chinese, the characters are written like this: 祝大家新年快乐!(so only the last character is "simplified") Your version is Traditional Chinese.
  8. Skatinginbc

    Skatinginbc Senior Member

    Mandarin 國語
    :confused: ???? :confused:
  9. Lucia_zwl

    Lucia_zwl Senior Member

    其实我是想说简体字和繁体字,so maybe "simplified Chinese character" and "traditional Chinese character" are more accurate?
  10. SuperXW

    SuperXW Senior Member

    If they are from P.R.China or Malaysia or Singapore, use simplified Chinese, which is 祝大家新年快乐!
    If they are from Taiwan or Hong Kong, use traditional Chinese, which is 祝大家新年快樂! (The last character is different.)
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2013
  11. SuperXW

    SuperXW Senior Member

  12. BODYholic Senior Member

    Chinese Cantonese
    I believe most of us understanding what you mean. But when you wrote "... Mandarin, i.e. Simplified Chinese, ...", it makes a world of difference.

    "i.e." is short for the Latin words id est which mean 'that is'. So, in your sentence, you claimed that "Mandarin is simplified Chinese" (another words, traditional Chinese is not) which is definitely inaccurate. And understandably, some people get annoyed or offended with such assertion. Instead, your sentence should read "... Mandarin, e.g. Simplified Chinese, ...".

  13. Youngfun

    Youngfun Senior Member

    Bắc Kinh
    Wu Chinese & Italian
    Another reason is that in Taiwan they speak Mandarin(国语)but write in Traditional Chinese(繁体字)! (Not mentioning pre-1950's China and pre-1980's Singapore)

    新年好!:) (I always prefer 好 rather than 快乐)
  14. xiaolijie

    xiaolijie Senior Member

    English (UK)
    Many posts on internet forums are typically quick posts and it's common to see unintended mistakes. It's also quite easy to recognise what is unintended and what is intentional, and I hope we all participate in discussions with this understanding and tolerance.

    For example, if I want to pick on someone's post above, I'd say there're no such things as "simplified Chinese" and "traditional Chinese". Nevertheless, we all know what the posters really mean, even by those convenient but inaccurate labels. :)

    蛇年吉祥, everyone!
  15. Lucia_zwl

    Lucia_zwl Senior Member

    Sorry for my inaccurate interpretation of Mandarin. Thank you for pointing it out and for your understanding.

  16. fdb Senior Member

    Cambridge, UK
    French (France)
    I understand that the traditonal greeting is:

    Pinyin: Gōngxǐfācái
    Cantonese: Gung1 hei2 faat3 coi4
    Sino-Viet: Cung hỉ phát tài

    Is that correct?
  17. xiaolijie

    xiaolijie Senior Member

    English (UK)
    Yes, I think so. This greeting seems to be very popular among Cantonese speakers and spreading...
  18. Grefsen

    Grefsen Senior Member

    Southern California
    English - United States
    That's very nice of you. Thanks also for making me feel very welcome in this forum. :)

    Thank you so much for this very helpful information. :thumbsup:
  19. Youngfun

    Youngfun Senior Member

    Bắc Kinh
    Wu Chinese & Italian
    I didn't know it was of Cantonese origin. I thought it was a traditional Chinese greeting. Actually more "Chinese" than 新年快乐。

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