Just a quick post to say Happy New Year to all my Chinese buddies and family members, and welcome to the year of the pig.
新年快乐 (Xīnnián kuàilè)
is pretty much "Happy New Year" directly translated. It's pronounced pretty much like "shin neean kwai ler", so remember to say that to your Chinese friends.
But you'll often also hear:
恭喜发财 (Gōngxǐ fācái)
which is pretty much "wishing you happiness and prosperity". It's pronounced pretty much like "gong she far tsai".
恭喜恭喜 (Gōngxǐ gōngxǐ)
is a phrase you'll often hear just for "congratulations".
Thank you to all those who've helped me with my continued learning of the Chinese language and culture.
I'll write more soon on the best methods for learning. If you want to get a taste for it in the meantime though, my current favorite site is iTalki, and my favorite teacher by far is Amy He. If you decide to try it, click here and it's cheaper for both you and me.