Chinese Vocabulary to Greet the Year 2024

by | Dec 27, 2023

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New Year’s Eve is already this Sunday. And as the 2024 approaches, it’s the perfect time to set meaningful resolutions and learn Chinese vocabulary to prepare to welcome the dawn of a promising new year!

Chinese Vocabulary to Greet the Year 2024

01. New Year in Chinese

Let’s begin by looking at the name of the New Year itself:

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New Year’s Day
(lit. “first-daybreak”)

For New Year you can say “新年” (xīnnián) as well, but be aware that this term is also commonly used for the Spring Festival. To avoid the disambiguation, use “元旦” (Yuándàn) which is a bit more specific.

Yuándàn qiányè
New Year’s Eve
(lit. “first-daybreak-before-night”)

✨ 元旦 (Yuándàn) is observed with various celebrations, gatherings, and cultural festivities, symbolizing new beginnings, hope, and opportunities for the year ahead.

02. New Year’s Vocabulary

As we step into the New Year, what better way to celebrate than by exploring some essential Chinese words and phrases associated with this joyous occasion?

As the clock ticks closer to midnight, engage in the 新年倒计时 (xīnnián dàojìshí) activity, counting down to the stroke of midnight:

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xīnnián dàojìshí
New Year’s countdown

Gather your friends and loved ones for a joyful ‘聚会’ (jùhuì) — party.

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gathering; party

Known as ‘香槟酒’ in Mandarin, champagne is a bubbly favorite for New Year’s Eve toasts, making the celebration more sparkling.

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The sky illluminated with dazzling 烟花 (yānhuā) — displays, adding brilliance to the New Year’s Eve festivities.

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03. New Year’s Recap & Resolutions

Before stepping into the new year, it’s good to reflect on the past year’s experiences, learn from them, and set goals for the upcoming year:

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niánmò huígù
year-end review; recap

The New Year is a time for a fresh beginning when people worldwide make new plans and set goals, known as New Year’s resolutions.

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xiǎo mùbiāo
(lit. “small-goal”)

dìng xiǎo mùbiāo
to set New Year’s resolutions

What are your resolutions for 2024?

2024 nián, wǒ yào…
In 2024, I will…

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Yuándàn kuàilè!
Happy New Year!


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