Episode 4 – Happy Chinese New Year!

“Happy New Year!” (General):

  • xīn  nián  kuài  lè!(新年快乐!)

“Happy New Year!” (After the New Year has started):

  • xīn  nián  hǎo!(新年好!)

The following phrase, getting rich, is frequently used in conjunction with Happy New Year in Southern China:

  • gōng  xǐ  fā  cái!(恭喜发财!)(Mandarin)
  • gong hei fat choy! (恭喜发财!)(Cantonese)

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Episode 3 – How are you?

General ways to say “How are you recently?”:

  • zuì  jìn  hǎo  ma?(最近好吗?)
  • nǐ  zuì  jìn  hǎo  ma?(你最近好吗?)
  • nǐ  zuì  zěn  yàng?(最近怎样?)
  • nǐ  zuì  ké  hǎo?(最近可好?)

Between close friends it is common to say “What are you up to these days?”:

  • zuì  jìn  máng  shen me?(最近忙什么?)

To flater someone, you can ask “Where are you getting rich these days?” (informal):

  • zuì  jìn  zài  ná  lǐ  fā  cái?(最近在哪里发财?)

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