Video: 27 Ways to Say Happy New Year
Whether you’re watching the clock strike midnight in New York, Sydney, or anywhere else in the world, you will no doubt end up saying “happy new year” to friends and family.
Being in a multicultural city, we attempted to gather as many people together in London on camera in two days to say “happy new year.” We clocked up 27 languages and captured many happy revelers wanting to wish their friends and family overseas a happy 2016.
Happy New Year in 27 languages
Watch our video of 27 different ways to say “Happy New Year” and learn the phrase in some new languages – especially helpful if you are moving abroad soon.
While you may have heard some of these languages (for example, English, if you are reading this without Google Translator), but others like Garifuna may be new to you. Garifuna, listed on UNESCO’s vulnerable language list, is from St. Vincent in the Caribbean, but can be found in Central American countries Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, where it is critically endangered.
We wish we could speak all of the approximately 6,500 languages left in the world, but we do have some other language videos for you to check out.
If you want to learn how to say happy new year in some of the languages in our video, take a look at the chart below for the list of phrases for each of the featured languages.
|Arabic||سنة سعيدة (sana sa’eedah)|
|British Sign Language||Happy New Year|
|Catalan||Feliç any nou|
|English||Happy New Year|
|Garifuna||Buiti iseri irumu|
|German||Frohes Neues Jahr|
|Greek||Καλή χρονιά (Kali chronia)|
|Gujarati||સાલ મુબારક (saal mubarak)|
|Hebrew||שָׁנָה טוֹבָה (shana tova)|
|Hokkien||Kung Hee Huat Tsai|
|Japanese||あけまして おめでとう ございます (Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu)|
|Latvian||Laimīgu Jauno gadu|
|Lithuanian||Laimingu naujuju metu|
|Mandarin||新年快乐 (Xin Nian Kuai Le)|
|Polish||Szczęśliwego nowego roku|
|Portuguese||Feliz ano novo|
|Romanian||La mulți ani!|
|Russian||С Новым Годом (S novim godom)|
|Serbian||Srećna nova godina|
|Slovak||Šťastný nový rok|
|Spanish||Feliz año nuevo|
|Thai||Sawatdee Pi Mai|
|Turkish||Yeni yılınız kutlu olsun|
How many of these 27 languages do you know? Comment with the number below!