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How To Say Happy New Year In 20 Languages

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Many of us make New Year’s resolutions to learn a new language. You can kick things off to a flying start by learning to say one important phrase in 20 languages. See how many your kids can master.



Our map shows how “Happy New Year!” is shouted across the globe. There are, of course, hundreds of other languages. We’ve chosen a manageable number which are either widely spoken or for geographical spread. We’ve also included only languages with a “verified” tag on Google Translate -- phrases that have been judged accurate by many contributors. Other, unverified, salutations include “Tau Hou hari” (Maori), “Sanad wanaagsan” (Somali), and “Shine ony mend” (Mongolian).


Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the Klingon for Happy New Year is apparently “DIS chu' DatIvjaj”. 

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Matt Brown

Although originally from the Midlands, and trained as a biochemist, Matt has somehow found himself writing about London for a living. He's a former editor and long-time contributor to and has written several books about the capital. He's also the father of two preschoolers.

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