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Chinese New Year greetings in Cantonese

A new year is coming.  How many Chinese new year greetings in Cantonese do you know besides ‘Kung Hei Fat Choi’?

In this lesson, more than 20 greetings for Chinese New Year in Cantonese will be introduced.

Chinese New Year greetings in Cantonese: Happy New Year

Happy new year in Cantonese is 新年快樂 [san1 nin4 faai3 lok6], and it can be used in both New Year (新年)and Chinese New Year (農曆新年).

san1 nin4 faai3 lok6!

新年快樂!

Happy new year!

Chinese New Year greetings in Cantonese: Kung Hei Fat Choi

How can you not say Kung Hei Fat Choi during Chinese New Year?  Kung Hei Fat Choi is written as 恭喜發財 [gung1 hei2 faat3 coi4].

For the meaning of Kung Hei Fat Choi, 恭喜 [gung1 hei2] is a verb that means ‘to congratulate’, and 發財 [faat3 coi4] is a verb that means ‘to gain wealth’.

gung1 hei2 faat3 coi4!

恭喜發財!

May prosperity be with you!

Chinese New Year greetings in Cantonese: Other common greetings

Other than saying Happy New Year and Kung Hei Fat Choi, these greetings are also used in Chinese New Year.

daai6 gat1 daai6 lei6

大吉大利

May good fortune be with you.

faai3 gou1 zoeng2 daai6

快高長大

May you grow up fast and strong.

hok6 jip6 zeon3 bou6

學業進步

May you excel in your studies.

maan6 si6 jyu4 ji3

萬事如意

May everything go as you wish.

si6 si6 jyu4 ji3

事事如意

May everything go as you wish.

cing1 ceon1 soeng4 zyu3

青春常駐

May your young always be with you.

lung4 maa5 zing1 san4

龍馬精神

May you be as energetic as dragons and horses.

gaa1 fei4 nguk1 jeon6

家肥屋潤

May your home be filled with prosperity and wealth.

hap6 gaa1 ping4 ngon1

闔家平安

May your whole family be safe and sound.

san1 tai2 gin6 hong1

身體健康

May you be healthy.

sam1 soeng2 si6 sing4

心想事成

May all your wishes come true.

Using greetings in Cantonese in a sentence

You can specify who you want to bless by putting the above greetings into a sentence.

Nevertheless, 恭喜發財 [gung1 hei2 faat3 coi4] is usually not used a sentence, as the meaning of 恭喜 [gung1 hei2] and verb 祝 [zuk1] is almost identical.

zuk1 daai6 gaa1 hok6 jip6 zeon3 bou6

祝大家學業進步。

I wish you all excel in your studies .

Type of sentence structurePivotal construction
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicatePivotPredicate
Part of speech/VerbNounNoun
Words in sentence/大家學業進步

zuk1 nei5 sam1 soeng2 si6 sing4

祝你心想事成。

I wish all your wishes come true.

Type of sentence structurePivotal construction
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicatePivotPredicate
Part of speech/VerbNounNoun
Words in sentence/心想事成

zuk1 nei5 san1 tai2 gin6 hong1

祝你身體健康。

I wish you be healthy.

Type of sentence structurePivotal construction
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicatePivotPredicate
Part of speech/VerbNounNoun
Words in sentence/身體健康

zuk1 nei5 cing1 ceon1 soeng4 zyu3,sam1 soeng2 si6 sing4

祝你青春常駐,心想事成。

I wish your young always be with you and your wishes come true.

Composite sentences

Type of composite sentenceCompound sentences
ComponentsSentence 1Sentence 2
True valueTrueTrue
Words in sentence祝你青春常駐心想事成

Sentence 1 of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePivotal construction
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicatePivotPredicate
Part of speech/VerbNounNoun
Words in sentence/青春常駐

Sentence 2 of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicate
Part of speech/Noun
Words in sentence/心想事成

zuk1 nei5 san1 nin4 faai3 lok6,gung1 hei2 faat3 coi4

祝你新年快樂,恭喜發財。

I wish you have a happy new year, and may prosperity be with you.

Composite sentences

Type of composite sentenceCompound sentences
ComponentsSentence 1Sentence 2
True valueTrueTrue
Words in sentence祝你新年快樂恭喜發財

Sentence 1 of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePivotal construction
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicatePivotPredicate
Part of speech/VerbNounNoun
Words in sentence/新年快樂

Sentence 2 of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicate
Part of speech/Noun
Words in sentence/恭喜發財

zuk1 nei5 faai3 gou1 zoeng2 daai6,hok6 jip6 zeon3 bou6

祝你快高長大,學業進步。

I wish you grow up fast and strong, and excel in your studies

Composite sentences

Type of composite sentenceCompound sentences
ComponentsSentence 1Sentence 2
True valueTrueTrue
Words in sentence祝你快高長大學業進步

Sentence 1 of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePivotal construction
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicatePivotPredicate
Part of speech/VerbNounNoun
Words in sentence/快高長大

Sentence 2 of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicate
Part of speech/Noun
Words in sentence/學業進步

FAQs

How to write ‘Kung Hei Fat Choi’ in Cantonese?

‘Kung Hei Fat Choi’ in Cantonese is 恭喜發財 [gung1 hei2 faat3 coi4].

Is ‘Kung Hei Fat Choi’ the only Chinese New Year greetings in Cantonese?

Absolutely not. There are many more Chinese New Year greetings you can use in Cantonese.

What Chinese New Year greetings in Cantonese that I can use besides ‘Kung Hei Fat Choi’?

Depending on who you are going to greet, you can use greetings like 大吉大利 [daai6 gat1 daai6 lei6] or 學業進步 [hok6 jip6 zeon3 bou6].

Reference

  1. 粵典。「恭喜發財
  2. 粵典。「恭喜
  3. 粵典。「心想事成
  4. 粵典。「快高長大
  5. 粵典。「萬事如意
  6. 粵典。「龍馬精神
  7. 粵典。「家肥屋潤
  8. 粵典。「龍馬精神

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