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Christmas greetings in 13 languages

Sunday, December 16, 2018

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Whether you're a traditionalist and say, “Merry Christmas!”, or are more liberal in your thinking and prefer to use “Happy Holidays!” instead, Christmas is as good a time as any to learn a new language, and the season — chock-full of family gatherings and social get-togethers — presents plenty of opportunity to practise. Here are two expressions you are sure to use.

Merry Christmas!

French: Joyeux Nol

German: Frohe Weinachten

Spanish: Feliz Navidad

Italian: Buon Natale

Mandarin: shng dn kui l

Portuguese: Feliz Natal

Dutch: Vrolijk kerstfeest

Romanian: Craciun fericit

Polish: Wesołych swiat Bozego Narodzenia

Swedish: God Jul

Czech: Vesel Vnoce

Xhosa/isiXhosa (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho): Krismesi emnandi

Yoruba (Nigeria, Benin): E ku odun, e ku iye'dun

• Happy Holidays!

French: Joyeuses ftes

German: Frohes Fest

Spanish: Felices fiestas

Italian: Buone Feste

Mandarin: Jir kuil

Portuguese: Felizes Festas

Dutch: Fijne feestdagen

Romanian: Sarbatori fericite

Polish: Wesołych swiat

Swedish: Glad helg

Czech: Hezk svtky

Xhosa/isiXhosa: Iholide ezimnandi

Yoruba: Dun isinmi

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