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According to Ethnologue, the world currently has 6,909 living languages. Here’s how to wish someone a happy new year in 40 of them.
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LanguageSpellingPronunciation
Afrikaans Gelukkige Nuwejaar gha-likkikga-neeva-yaarr (“gh” is a throat scraping guttural sound)
AlbanianGëzuar Vitin e Rigu-zoo-ar vi-tin e ri
Arabicسنة سعيدةsana sa’eedah
AzerbaijaniYeni iliniz mübarək ye-ni i-li-niz myu-ba-rack
Bahasa melayuSelamat tahun baruselamat tahun baru
BasqueUrte berri onerr-te berr-rri on
Bosniansretna nova godinasr-et-na no-va go-din-a
Bulgarian Щастлива Нова година sh-tast-liva No-va go-din-a
CatalanFeliç any noufe-LEES A-nee n-Ou
Cebuano (Philippines)Mabungahong Bag-ong Tuig kaninyong tananma-boon-ga-hong bag-ong too-eeg kan-een-yong tan-an
Czech šťastný nový rokSHTU-stnee NO-vee rrr-ok
DutchFijne oudejaarsavond (Fine New Year’s Eve) / Gelukkig Nieuwjaar (Happy New Year)fei-nee ow-de-yaarr-sa-vont / ghu-lukkikgh-neew-yaarr
EstonianHead uut aastathed oot ah-staht

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LanguageSpellingPronunciation
Farsiسال نو مبارک sale nou mobarak
FilipinoManigong Bagong Taonmah-nee-gong bag-gong ta-on
FrenchBonne Annéebon a-nay
Gaelic (Scotland)Bliadhna mhath urbleenah vahth oohr
GermanFrohes Neues Jahr / Gutes Neues Jahrfrohes neuyis yar / gutes neu-yis yar
GreekΚαλή χρονιάkali chronya
Gujaratiસાલ મુબારક saal mubarak (happy year)
Hebrewשָׁנָה טוֹבָהshana tova
Hindi नये साल की हार्दिक शुभकामनायें nayye saal ki haardik shubh-kaam-nayen
HungarianBoldog Új Évet / Buékbawl-dawg-uuy-aevet / boo-ayk
Irish Athbhliain faoi mhaise dhuit / Bhliain nua sásta awh-tvleen fwee mm-hay-sheh gutch
ItalianBuon anno / Felice anno nuovoboo-on ah-nno / fae-lee-chae ah-nno noo-o-vo
Japaneseあけましておめでとうございますakemashite omedeto gozaimasu
Korean새해 복 많이 받으세요seh heh bok mahn ee bahd euh sae yo

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LanguageSpellingPronunciation
MalteseIs Sena it -Tajbaiz sena it taybah
Mandarin Chinese新年快乐xīn nián kuài lè
MaoriKia hari te tau houkia hari tay tau ho
Polish Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku shch-eng-shlee-vego novego roku
Portuguese Feliz Ano Novo feh-liz an-oh noh-voh
Quechua Allin wata kachun qanpaq (singular) / Allin wata kachun qanqunapaq (plural) all-yin wa-ta ka-chun kan-pak / all-yin wa-ta ka-chun kan-koon-a-pak
Romanian La Mulți Ani laa mooltsi ani
Russian С Новым Годом s novim godom
Spanish Feliz Año Nuevo feh-liz an-yoh n-way-vo
Thai สวัสดีปีใหม่ saa-wat-dii pi-mai
Turkish Mutlu yıllar (happy year) / Yeni yılınız kutlu olsun (May your new year be celebrated) moot-loo yill-lar / yen-ee yill-uh-niz coot-loo ohl-son
Urdu نايا سال مبارک nayya saal mubarak
Welsh blwyddyn newydd dda BLOOdhin NEHwidh dha

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