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Greetings to say during Chinese New Year - to Seniors

DàJiāHǎo! (Hello all!)

Ready to learn some lucky phrases for #ChineseNewYear?

This series carefully categorised and shortlisted some useful phrases to say during CNY.

How about starting with phrases you can say to seniors!

1. 龙马精神 (lóng mǎ jīng shén)

  • Traditional Chinese: 龍馬精神

  • Simplified Chinese 龙马精神

  • PinYin: lóng mǎ jīng shén

  • Word-for-Word Literal Translation: dragon / horse / vitality

  • Meaning: full of vitality like dragon & horse in spite of old age

2. 儿孙满堂 (ér sūn mǎn táng)

  • Traditional Chinese: 兒孫滿堂

  • Simplified Chinese 儿孙满堂

  • PinYin: ér sūn mǎn táng

  • Word-for-Word Literal Translation: child / grandchild / full / hall

  • Meaning: surrounded by children and grandkids

3. 长命百岁 (cháng mìng bǎi suì)

  • Traditional Chinese: 長命百歲

  • Simplified Chinese 长命百岁

  • PinYin: cháng mìng bǎi suì

  • Word-for-Word Literal Translation: long / life / hundred / year

  • Meaning: life of a hundred years; long-lived; longevity

4. 身体健康 (shēn tǐjiàn kāng)

  • Traditional Chinese: 身體健康

  • Simplified Chinese 身体健康

  • PinYin: shēn tǐjiàn kāng

  • Word-for-Word Literal Translation: body / healthy

  • Meaning: good health

Learn these phrases and say the right greetings to the right people!

Stay tuned for other phrases to use for other age groups & your work friends.

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