...and a bonne année.
|This is how you say 'Merry Christmas' in English.|
So in the spirit of worldwide festivities, here is how to say Merry Christmas in various languages from around the world, starting with a familiar sounding version from Japan...
Japanese - meri kurisumasu
Many modern Japanese words sound amusingly like English words spoken with a Japanese accent, so occasionally when I've told friends Japanese words they sometimes don't believe me and they think I'm just making it up! If you're one of those sceptical people, you can hear the Japanese version of Merry Christmas on Google Translate. Click the link below, then click the 'Listen' button which looks like a volume button.
meri kurisamasu from Google Translate
|Santa's been on a diet.|
And also the rack by the looks of it.
Korean - meri keuriseumaseu (메리 크리스마스)
Tamil - Merri Kiristumas (மெர்ரி கிறிஸ்துமஸ்)
The French and Spanish translations may also be recognisable to some people...
French - Joyeux Noël
Spanish - Feliz Navidad
The Swedish and Norwegian version of 'Merry Christmas' makes a lot of sense, once you learn that 'j' is pronounced 'y' in Scandinavian languages, and that 'god' is pronounced similar to the English 'good'...
Swedish - God Jul
Norwegian - God Jul
Even some languages which you would expect to be totally different have a few vaguely familiar syllables, such as Swahili and Thai.
Swahili - Krismasi Njema
Thai - S̄uk̄hs̄ạnt̒ Wạn Khris̄t̒mās̄
However, not all foreign versions of Merry Christmas sound quite so familiar, as demonstrated by the German translation...
German - Frohliche Weihnachten
Dutch - Vrolijk Kerstfeest
Russian - Schastlivogo Rozhdestva
Finnish - Hyvää Joulua
Hungarian - Boldog Karácsonyt
Maori - Koa Kirihimete
Finally, the Chinese version of Merry Christmas is perhaps the least recognisable of them all...
Chinese - 圣诞节快乐
Wherever you are in the world I hope everyone has a fudgetastically muffinabulous Christmas!
Once again Merry Christmas, meri kurisumasu, meri keuriseumaseu, Merri Kiristumas, Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad, God Jul, Krismasi Njema, S̄uk̄hs̄ạnt̒ Wạn Khris̄t̒mās̄, Frohliche Weihnachten, Vrolijk Kerstfeest, Schastlivogo Rozhdestva, Hyvää Joulua, Boldog Karácsonyt, Koa Kirihimete and 圣诞节快乐 to everyone!
Other Christmas related posts:
How Does Santa Spend His Free Time?
Santa And The Naughty Elf
Christmas Higher Or Lower Quiz
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