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How to Give a Holiday Greeting in 25 Languages

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How to Give a Holiday Greeting in 25 Languages

Festive holidays similar to Christmas are celebrated around the world during December. Try pronouncing some of these tongue-twisting variations of Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. Better yet, impress your friends abroad with the appropriate greeting in their holiday card.

 

Armenian – Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand

Basque – Zorionak eta Urte Berri On

Croatian – Sretan Bozic

Choctaw – Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito

Dutch – Vrolijk Kerstfeest

Feline – Mew Mew Meow

Filipino – Maligayang Pasko

 

 

Finnish – Hyvaa joulua

French – Joyeux Noël

German – Fröhliche Weihnachten

Greek – Kala Christouyenna

Haitian – (Creole) Jwaye Nowel or to Jesus Edo Bri’cho o Rish D’Shato Brichto

Hawaiian – Mele Kalikimaka ame Hauoli Makahiki Hou

 

 

Icelandic – Gledileg Jol

Irish – Nollaig Shona Dhuit

Indonesian – Selamat Hari Natal

Italian – Buon Natale

 

 

Japanese – Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto

Latin – Natale hilare et Annum Faustum

Portuguese – Feliz Natal

Russian – Pozdravlyenie s Rozjdyestvom i s Novym Godom

Swedish – God Jul

Spanish – Feliz Navidad

Thai – Sawadee Pee Mai or souksan wan Christmas

Yoruba – E ku odun, e ku iye’dun

Welsh – Nadolig Llawen

 

 

If you know a seasonal greeting in a language not included, please share it in the comment section below.

MERRY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

Next page: Video of native speakers saying “season’s greetings” in many languages

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Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.

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4:19PM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

Those are terrific ... but how do I know you didn't just tell me to say, "your mother's fat and dresses you funny" ???

Just what I need ... to look like Rudolph for Christmas.

6:30PM PST on Feb 22, 2014

:)

6:51AM PST on Feb 9, 2014

thanks

1:52PM PST on Feb 7, 2014

cool

1:48AM PST on Feb 7, 2014

cheers

9:33AM PST on Jan 9, 2014


friv 2 Thank you! This fits totally wth what I want to do for my FB this year: Know that we are all one. No matter the language we speak we all understand the spirit.

8:29AM PST on Jan 9, 2014

Wonderful!

2:30AM PST on Jan 8, 2014

Hau'oli Makahiki Hou is the Hawaiian way to say Happy New Year, Mele Kalikimaka is a Hawaiianization of the English phrase. (fyi)

2:58PM PST on Jan 4, 2014

This is great

2:01AM PST on Jan 3, 2014

Danke ( Thank you )

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