How to say 'Happy New Year' in 29 different languages


Cape Town - Get a head start with your New Year's resolutions in 2016, and learn some new skill off the bat!

If travel is on the top of your new years resolution list - a good way to kickstart things will be to get practicing your foreign languages by wishing the world a Happy New Year.

Traveller24 has put together a list of must know Happy New Year phrases in ten different languages, from Portuguese (if you're venturing to the Rio Olympics next year), Zulu (if you find yourself in sizzling Durban), Italian (2016 marks to 50th anniversary after the Florence floods) or if you'll be partying it up in Botswana next year (Lonely Planet's top destination for the new year). 

READ: Botswana named Lonely Planet's Best Travel Destinations for 2016


Check these out...

Afrikaans - Gelukkige Nuwe Jaar

Dutch - Gelukkig nieuwjaar

German - Frohes neues Jahr

Finnish - Onnellista Uutta Vuotta

Greek - Kali Xronia

Hindi - naya saal mubaarak!

Japanese - Akemashiteomedetogozaimasu!

Malagasy - Tratry ny taona! 

Malay - Selamat tahun Baru! 

Mandarin -Xinnián kuàilè!

Ndebele - umyaka omucha omuhle

Norwegian - Godt nytt år!

Polish - Szczesliwego Nowego Roku!

Portuguese - Feliz Ano Novo!

Punjabi - Nava sala mubaraka!

Sepedi - ngwaga wo moswa wo monate

Sesotho - Mahlohonolo a selemo se secha!

Setswana - Ngwaga o mosha

Shona - makorokoto egore idzva

Sign language - 


Spanish - ¡Feliz año nuevo!

Swahili - Heri ya mwaka mpya!

Swati - neMnyaka lomusha lonenjabulo

Tagalog-Philippines: Manigong Bagong Taon

Tsonga - a ku vi lembe lerintshwa lerinene

Turkish - Mutlu Yillar

Venda - a Murena na N.waha muswa zwavhud^i 

Xhosa - omtsha onamathamsanqa 

Zulu - Jabulela unyaka omusha!

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