3 Easy Chinese New Year Greetings You Can Learn Instantly

26 January 2016

The Year of the Dog is looming. Here’s how you can learn some simple Lunar New Year greetings in Mandarin to impress your friends and colleagues. 

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1. Gong Xi Fa Cai!
(gōng xǐ fā cái)

Meaning: Congratulations and prosperity
How to pronounce: Copy and paste this link and listen: http://mandarin.about.com/library/audio/newyear/2.mp3

And if you see #GXFC on your social media feed, that’s just the hashtag version. 

 

2. Xin Nian Kuai Le!
(xīn nián kuài lè)    

Meaning: Happy New Year
How to pronounce: Copy and paste this link and listen: http://mandarin.about.com/library/audio/newyear/3.mp3

Learn more about this popular phrase in this video.

 

3. Nian Nian You Yu!
(nián nián yǒu yú)    

Meaning: Wishing you prosperity every year.
How to pronounce: Copy and paste this link and listen: http://mandarin.about.com/library/audio/newyear/9.mp3

 

Only for the kids…

Gong Xi Fa Cai, Hong Bao Na Lai!
(Gōng xǐ fā cái, hóng bāo ná lái)  

Meaning: Happy New Year, now give me a red envelope.
How to pronounce: Copy and paste this link and listen: http://mandarin.about.com/library/audio/newyear/4.mp3

 

And just in case…

Sui Sui Ping An 
(suì suì ping ān)    

Meaning: Wish you get rid of all mishaps. (Often used when something breaks during New Year to ward off bad luck) 
How to pronounce: Copy and paste this link and listen: http://mandarin.about.com/library/audio/newyear/8.mp3

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