Sunday, 3 February 2008

新年快樂 – xīn nián kuài lè – Happy New Year

The first character today is 新, xīn meaning new.

The second character is the one that we have already learned, 年 Nián meaning year.

The third character is 快, kuài meaning happy.

The fourth character is 樂, lè also meaning happy.

Altogether they mean Happy New Year! It's a little early to be using this phrase yet, but it's good to learn it in advance.

xīn is pronounced shin, with a 1st or high, level tone.

Nián is pronounced ni-yen, with a 2nd or rising tone.

kuài is pronounced k-why, with a 4th or falling tone.

lè is pronounced ler, also with a 4th or falling tone