Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Chinese New Year Greeting Tips

Hello everyone, Ready for CNY?? Yesss!! cant wait for the ang pou and mandarin orange! hehehe

Okay I understand, some of you might have some problem on how to do the greeting for this coming Chinese New Year. So, here are some phrases and wishes that you may use this Chinese New Year. 

Beginnings of Greeting

There is a different if you want to greet “Chinese New Year” to Eldest people and to younger people.

  • If the one you are to greet is older than you, you can say:
  • Wish you or bless you… (祝您…/joo neen/)
  • If the one you are to greet is younger than you, you can say:
  • Wish you or bless you… (祝你…/joo nee/)
Phrases of Greetings

Common Greetings during the Chinese New Year
新年快乐 (xīn nián kuài lè) Happy New Year!
过年好 (guò nián hǎo) Happy New Year!
新年进步 (xīn nián jìn bù) New Year’s progress (This is appropriate to greet any person of any age or relationship.)
恭 喜發財 (gōng xǐ fā cái) happy and prosperous (It is always used as the phrase when one receives gifts or 'ang pows' during Chinese New Year.)
财源广进 (cái yuán guǎng jìn) wealth pours in from every direction
年年有余 (nián nián yǒu yú) always get more than you wish for (a wish for surpluses and bountiful harvests every year)
吉星高照 (jí xīng gāo zhào) smiles of fortune

Greetings for health
龙马精神 (lóng mǎ jīng shén) good health
身体健康 (shēn tǐ jiàn kāng) enjoy good health
精灵活泼 (jīng líng huó pō) awareness and being active (It is specially used for children with the age under 10 years, wishing them to be active and smart.)

Greetings for work and business
生意兴隆 (shēng yì xīng lóng) prosperous business
万事如意 (wàn shì rú yì) good luck in every thing
工作顺利 (gōng zuò shùn lì) everything goes well with your work
事业有成 (shì yè yǒu chéng) succeed in your career
平步青云 (píng bù qīng yún) have a 'meteoric rise' (usually used to in regards to work or promotions)
马到成功 (mǎ dào chéng gōng) success immediately upon arrival (It is usually used to express success in doing something, like taking part in an examination, a negotiation or even a competition.)

Greetings for studies
学业有成 (xué yè yǒu chéng) have success at school*
学 习进步 (xué xí jìn bù) progress in studies (*These two phrases are greetings reserved for students, wishing them improvements in their studies.)
金榜题名 (jīn bǎng tí míng) succeed in examinations (This is reserved for those are going to take important examinations, including students.)

Greeting saying to family
阖家欢乐 (hé jiā huān lè) happiness for the whole family

Hope these greeting tips might help you this coming Chinese New Year!

Happy Dragon Year Everyone!

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