As the holiday season continues, the next big holiday to look forward to is the New Year’s Day. The New Year represents new beginnings, which we all need so much. Let’s hope that 2023 will be brighter, better, and full of joy – for everyone! So in this year’s final Chinese lesson, let’s look at some useful Chinese vocabulary you can use to talk about the New year.
New Year Chinese Vocabulary
01. New Year’s Day
New Year’s Day
New Year’s Eve
02. The Calendar
Remember how to pronounce dates and years in Chinese? Here’s a quick cheat sheet:
yī yuè yī rì
03. New Year’s Celebration
Ways to celebrate the New Year holiday differ around the world. Here are some words that come to our mind when we think of the New Year’s Eve – see if they are similar or different from yours:
New Year’s countdown
New Year greeting card
04. New Year’s Wishes
Now that you know so much, you can also wish your friends and family a Happy New Year in Chinese:
Happy New Year!
(lit. “New Year-happy/merry”)
NOTE: You can say “新年快乐” (Xīnnián kuàilè, lit. “new-year-merry”) as well, but mind that this phrase is also used as a Spring Festival greeting. To avoid the disambiguation, use “元旦快乐” (Yuándàn kuàilè) which is a bit more specific.
05. New Year’s Resolutions
The New Year holiday is known for bringing a fresh new start. People all around the world love to make new plans and set new goals, which are also known as New Year’s resolutions:
resolution (lit. “small goal”)
dìng xiǎo mùbiāo
to set New Year’s resolutions
What are your resolutions for 2023?
Finish the 3 sentences below:
2023 nián, wǒ yào…
In 2023, I will…
Wǒ bù xiǎng zài…
I want to stop…
2023 nián, wǒ xiǎng qù zhè sān gè dìfang:
In 2023, I’d like to go to these three places:
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