Happy Chinese New Year!
The Year of the Wooden Horse starts today. Want to wish someone a Chinese New Year greeting that has a horse theme? Here are a few essential ones to bestow your best wishes onto your friends and family! It will works for other year too, so look closely at the chinese vocabulary for Chinese new year
Chinese New Year of the Horse: Traditional or modern?
If you want to stay traditional in your greetings, you can opt for
马到成功! Ride towards success!
Or, if you want something more trendy, pick a greeting from the currently very popular “马上” series!
This series of greetings all play with the fact “马上” both literally means “on a horse” and ”immediately”! The idea is to place what you’re wishing for, on a horse to make it happen during the year of the horse !
马上有钱! (mǎshàng yǒu qián)
To have money right away
Close sounding words make it even better
And if there’s a play on similar sounding words, it’s even better!
Here’s a cool Monkey greeting for you :
马上加猩! Mǎshàng jiā xīng
加 jiā : add
猩 xīng : ape
This literally means: On the horse add an ape
Sounds strange? 加猩 jiā xīng is really close in sound to 加薪 Jiā xīn, which means “to raise salary!
So you’re actually wishing someone an payrise this year!
What do you want on your horse? ^_^
Enjoy the Chinese New Year!
The Nincha Team
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