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It’s the year of the Ox – learn a few CNY phrases that are sure to impress!

Are you visiting colleagues/friends’ houses this Chinese New Year? If so, don’t forget to swot up on a few phases to say when you hand over those red packets. Here is the lowdown on essential phrases that are bound to impress!



新年快乐 (xīn nián kuài lè)

Sounds like Sing neean kwai lur.

What it means Happy new year!


恭喜发财 (gōng xǐ fā cái)

Sounds like Kong xee far chai.

What it means Wishing you wealth.

生意兴隆 (shēng yì xīng lóng)

Sounds like Shun yee sing llong.

What it means May your business flourish.


心想事成 (xīn xiǎng shì chéng)

Sounds like Sing hsiang shi chng.

What it means May your heart's wishes come true.


píng ān guò wàng nián)

Sounds like Shi jee ping ahn kuoh wahng neean.

What it means Wishing you a whole year of peace.


While you are busy impressing your hosts with your Chinese lingo, don’t forget to give them a thoughtful card or present to show your gratitude. If you are stuck for ideas, we have a cute selection of CNY cards and gifts, all uniquely designed by Singapore artists. xīn nián kuài lè!

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