Sunday, January 1, 2012

How to say "Happy New Year" in 10 languages

Happy new year!

To ring in the new year, let's do a little bit of language learning, shall we? With a little help from my daughter and the friendly native speakers over on RhinoSpike, we've already covered how to say "Merry Christmas!" in ten languages, so let's do the same for the new year.

After the jump, you'll find native-speaker recordings of "Happy new year!" in ten languages (Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish), thanks once again to RhinoSpike.

If you'd like to download any of the recordings, click on the linked text to get the MP3s from RhinoSpike.

1. Chinese: 新年快乐!

2. English: Happy New Year!

3. French: Bonne année!

4. German: Frohes Neues Jahr!

5. Italian: Felice anno nuovo!

6. Japanese: 明けましておめでとうございます。

7. Korean: 새해 복 많이 받으세요!

8. Portuguese: Feliz Ano Novo!

9. Russian: С новым годом!

10. Spanish: ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

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  1. Happy New Year to you too! =)

  2. Nice Job!. Kalendis Ianuariis! in Latin language. Even just in a simple word or let us say this is already a remarkable word for everyone, we are fun of translating ideas and make difference to its pronunciation and accent..

  3. It's so nice to be able to say Happy New Year in sevaral languages! I wish i could say not only this phrase, but some more in other languages! So lots of things to learn!

  4. Happy new year in Polish will be: Szczesliwego nowego roku :)

  5. I knew that how to say happy new year in French and Italian, but still I couldn’t understand that Chinese, Japanese and Korean way.

  6. Informative post! It is really a good way to learn new languages. I am learning German these days and I am enjoying learning it a lot.I found that I develop a passion for this and it helps me to concentrate more in my classes.