As Spring Festival celebration approaches, our collective ears will be filled with New Year’s jingles hovering in shopping malls, non-stop chit-chat over family dinner tables, plus fire crackers loud enough to wake us from deep sleep. We want to add one more to our list of CNY celebration favorite sounds — greetings in authentic dialects by CS friends covering China far and wide. The 15 audio tracks below are only a small fraction of the 80+ dialects in China, but hopefully you’ll have a better feel how people extend their best wishes to each other.

Go ahead, pick your favorite and give it a try! Nobody has high expectations for our dialect abilities anyway. The key word is 羊 (yáng) or sheep, which becomes phonetically auspicious when (for the year of sheep, though without consulting the sheep itself) put in the popular phrase 洋洋得意 (yángyáng déyì) or feeling contented and fulfilled.

Leave us a comment telling us how to wish someone a Happy Chinese New Year in your language. Whatever your skill level, here’s wishing you a baaaaaaaad-ass year!

(N to S)


Gěi nín bài gè nián. Zhù nín yáng nián jíxiáng, fā dà cái!

Wishing you an auspicious and prosperous year of the sheep.


Guònián hǎo a, nín ne!

Have a good new year!


Yáng nián shēntǐ bèi er bàng, chī ma er ma er xiāng.

Wishing you health and enjoyment in the year of the sheep.


Guòniánguò dé hǎo.

May you have a good new year celebration.


Zhù nǐ xīnchūn dàjí, yáng nián kuàilè, xǐqìyángyáng.

Wishing you an auspicious and joyous year of the sheep.


Bàinián la! Gōngxǐ fācái!

Wishing you a happy and prosperous new year.


Zhù dàjiā xīnnián kuàilè shēntǐ jiàn, duōduō fācái.

May you all have a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.
Shanghai, Chongming Island


Zhù dàjiā xīn de yī nián lǐ wànshì rúyì, shēntǐ jiànkāng.

Wishing you the best of health and may all your wishes come true in the new year.
Zhejiang, Jixiang


Zhù nǐmen shēntǐ jiànkāng, wànshì rúyì, hóngbāo ná lái.

Wishing you the best of health. May all your wishes come true. Hand me the red packets.
Sichuan, Chengdu


Zhù dàjiā xīnchūn kuàilè, wànshì rúyì, yīniándàotóu yángyáng déyì.

Happy New Year. May you have a fulfilling new year where all your wishes come true.
Sichuan, Luzhou


Zhù dàjiā xīnnián kuàilè, yáng nián jíxiáng.

Wishing everyone a happy and auspicious year of the sheep.
Fujian, Quanzhou


Zhù nǐ quánjiā xīnnián kuàilè.

Wishing you and your family a happy new year.
Guizhou, Zunyi


Dàjiā xīnnián kuàilè, xīnnián xīn qìxiàng, wànshì rúyì.

Wishing everyone a happy and auspicious new year. May all your wishes come true.


Zhù dàjiā yáng nián xǐqìyángyáng.

Wishing you a joyous year of the sheep.
Guangdong, Chaozhou


Xīnnián kuàilè, wànshì rúyì, xīn xiǎng shì chéng.

Happy New Year! May all your wishes come true.

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