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How To Say Happy Christmas In 14 Languages (Including French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian and more)

Updated on May 19, 2014
Flags of the world - Wouldn't it be great to be able to say "Happy Christmas" in 14 languages?
Flags of the world - Wouldn't it be great to be able to say "Happy Christmas" in 14 languages? | Source

Languages Covered

You will learn how to say Happy Christmas in:

  1. French
  2. Spanish
  3. German
  4. Italian
  5. Swedish
  6. Japanese
  7. Romanian
  8. Irish
  9. Polish, Danish, Esperanto, Luganda, Swahili, Portuguese


Happy Christmas!

I've always enjoyed learning how to say phrases in different languages, you learn more about other cultures in the world and you learn a lot about the language. What's a better way to learn about different languages then to learn how to say "Happy Christmas" in those languages? If you know any foreign people in you area, you could surprise them by saying Happy Christmas in their native language!

Some languages are very similar to others, you will find that Italian, French, Romanian, Spanish and Portuguese are similar in some words. This is because they belong to a group of languages known as the 'Romance' languages. No, it is nothing to do with romance but the fact that their language derives from Latin.

If you've come here to learn how to say "Happy Christmas in one or two languages, go ahead, each language is clearly labelled. Enjoy and Merry Christmas to you all!

1. French

"Joyeux Noël!"

Pronunciation: Joyu knowell.

Did you know?

  • French is the second most commonly taught language in the world after English.
  • 128 million people speak French fluently in the world

The Spanish flag.
The Spanish flag. | Source

2. Spanish

"¡Feliz Navidad!"

Pronunciation: Feliz Navida

Did you know that when the Spanish use exclamation marks and question marks at the end of a sentence, they also place an inverted exclamation mark or question mark at the beginning of a sentence? Take a look at the phrase above, look at the beginning. As you can see there is an inverted exclamation mark there.

German flags!
German flags! | Source

3. German

"Frohe Weihnachten!"

Pronunciation: Froo Voy Nacht En

German is also very similar to Dutch, some of their words are the exact same. They also pronounce their 'W's' as 'V's such as the example above. You'll notice that it is Voy Nacht En instead of Woy Nacht En.

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4. Italian

"Buon Natale"

Pronunciation: Bawn Nat Alay

  • 125 million people speak Italian as their first language and 125 million people speak Italian as a second language.


5. Swedish

"lycklig jul"

Pronunciation: LicktLee Lool

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The Japanese flag | Source

6. Japanese

"Merii Kurisumasu"

In Japanese characters: メリー クリスマス。

メリー クリスマス

Pronunciation: Merry Korisa Masu

  • "Merry Christmas" in Japanese is very similar to the English translation, only you add "masu" at the end.
  • Students in both public and private schools are required to learn Japanese, Engish and Italian.

A Japanese pagoda, symbolic of Japanese history and culture.
A Japanese pagoda, symbolic of Japanese history and culture. | Source

7. Romanian

"Crăciun fericit"

Pronunciation: Cra chun Fer Eechit

  • Romanian is one of the Romance languages so its words are extremely similar to Italian, Spanish and French. Take a look at these comparisons.
  • "House" - casa (Romanian) = casa (Italian) = casa (Spanish)
  • "Table" - masa (Romanian) = massa (Italian) = masa (Spanish)
  • "Page" - pagina (Romanian) = pagina (Italian) = pagina (Spanish)

As you can see, they are exactly the same! If you're fluent in French you'll learn Spanish, Italian or Romanian in no time!

The famous Irish Clover, symbolising the Irish people across the world.
The famous Irish Clover, symbolising the Irish people across the world. | Source

8. Irish

"Nollaig Shona"

Pronunciation: Nulag Hona

Irish comes from the native country of Ireland and is popular in America, with so many claiming Irish heritage and wanting to learn the language. Children in Ireland begin learning Irish from 4 years old all the way to 18/19 years old and is a compulsory subject to be taken by all.

It originates from the Celtic language as the Celts settled in Ireland two to three hundred years BC.

The Portuguese flag.
The Portuguese flag. | Source

9. Portuguese

"feliz natal"

Pronunciation: feliz natau

  • Portuguese is the official language of Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and São Tomé and Príncipe.
  • It is very similar to Spanish and is again, one of the Romance languages.

10. Esperanto

"feliĉan Kristnaskon"

Pronunciation: Feleeshan Krist Naskan

You probably never heard of Esperanto before, maybe some of you did but it is a very interesting language. Why? Because it is not a natural language spoken by people for thousands of years. No, it is an artificially created language written by L.L Zammenhof in 1887. It is the most spoken constructed auxiliary language in the world. It is taught in schools around the world that want to speak a language a little easier to learn than English, or as an introduction to learning other languages. It is a mixture of Romance languages and Germanic languages. Some phrases and words are Romance whilst others are Germanic, Greek, Russian and Polish.

11. Latin

"Sed non bene"

Pronunciation: Seday No Benay

  • Bene means 'happy' in Latin and Sed non means Christmas in Latin.

St.Peters Square in the Vatican City, a place where Latin is spoken by the Pope
St.Peters Square in the Vatican City, a place where Latin is spoken by the Pope | Source

12. Polish

"Wesołych Świąt"

Pronunciation: Veso Wish Shee Aunt

  • Polish is the second most widely spoken Slavic language after Russian and Ukrainian.

Delicious Danish pastries, a symbol of Denmark.
Delicious Danish pastries, a symbol of Denmark. | Source

13. Danish

"glædelig jul"

Pronunciation: Gley Leeg Loogl-uh

14. Luganda

"Nkwagaliza kurisimasi ennungi."

This means: "I wish you a merry Christmas" in Luganda language.

Nkwagaliza is I wish you. Kurisimasi is Christmas. Ennungi is merry.

  • Luganda is the official language spoken in Uganda especially around Lake Victoria in Uganda.
  • It is becoming more and more popular in Eastern Africa.
  • Statistics say that 20 million speakers speak the language.

Safari

The word safari actually comes from the Swahili word meaning journey.
The word safari actually comes from the Swahili word meaning journey. | Source

15. Swahili

"Krismasi njema"

Swahili is the official language of Tanzania and Kenya.

  • This language is spoken in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Comoros Islands.
  • It is a mix of the Bantu (spoken in Eastern Africa) language and Arabic.
  • The word 'safari' which is a very common word all English speakers use is the Swahili word for 'journey'. Interesting!

17. Cantonese (Hong Kong and Canton Province in China)

Cantonese is a language spoken in Hong Kong and the Canton province in China. (which is spoken in Hong Kong and the Canton province of China. The translation is:

"sing daan faai lok"

Chinese Characters:

圣诞快乐

16. Computer Programming: Python

If you want your computer to say "Happy Christmas" to you, write a line of code in Python! All you have to do is type the following code into Python's editor. I'll be giving tutorials in Python in a few days so you can learn programming for the year, even if you are a complete beginner.

print("Happy Christmas everyone!") 

Your Result...

Add more!

Please let me know on what you think of this hub in the comments! If you have any other languages you know and might want to add, just let me know and I'll put it in. This list can get longer by group collaboration from others around the world! Thank you and looking forward to your comments.

Merry Christmas!


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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Interesting hub Susi, to keep as a reference for when needed. It is good to read all the different ways of saying "Happy.Christmas" in the other languages and that you also provided the pronunciations. I was surprised the Japanese is so close to English, but I suppose they didn't have Christmas before Western influence intervened, so I guess they just copied the words. Voted up Susi.

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      Cuttler 3 years ago from HubPages

      Nice hub..I have a german friend whom I will surprise with the Frohe Weihnachten! By the way the Japanese Happykrismasu, is so funny. In swahili, we say "Krismasi njema". Shared and voted up.

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      Thanks for this hub. Its important to know how to say merry christmas in a few different languages. Up and useful.

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Jodah!

      Thanks so much for commenting and for the vote up, I am really glad that you found it useful. Yes, I was a little perplexed too when I found out that the Japanese translation of happy Christmas is so similar to the English translation. Christmas is a Christian tradition and the Japanese are mainly Buddhists or Shinto so I guess when they were influenced by the Western traditions, they just took the name. Interesting!

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi cuttler!

      Nice to see you, thanks for commenting, sharing and voting up, I really appreciate it! I'm glad that you will surprise your German 'freund' with the Frohe Weihnachten, good luck! :)

      Thanks for the Swahili translation, I'll put that in soon. May I ask what the pronunciation is, or is it pronounced how its written?

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Torri!

      It's nice to see you, thanks so much for the comment and the vote up! Yes, I agree it is important, you'll never know when you might need it!

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      Sheri Dusseault 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Well in Canada we just say Merry Christmas, eh?

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hey Sheri! Thanks for reading this hub. Yes, you are so right!

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      Tom Mukasa 3 years ago from Lives in USA

      Susi10, thanks.

      Nkwagaliza kurisimasi ennungi.

      This is Luganda. It is: I wish you merry Christmas. Nkwagaliza is I wish you. Kurisimasi is Christmas. Ennungi is merry.

      Luganda is spoken in a region around Lake Victoria in Uganda. It is increasingly being used also by many other people in Eastern Africa. Statistics put the number at 22 million speakers. It is the language of Buganda Kingdom. The kingdom subjects are called Baganda. The Baganda are part of a larger Bantu family in Africa.

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Tom!

      Thanks for commenting and taking the time to lend me another translation. I will add that in. Luganda sounds like a very interesting language, thanks for that!

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      Marie Giunta 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Buon Natale. I know this one because of my Italian background but I'm actually Australian. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. Great idea for a hub by the way, voted up and useful as well as pinned.

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderful hub! I love the little dabs of trivia thrown in as well! Pinning and sharing!

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      Thief12 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Interesting hub. Native Spanish speaker, so ¡Feliz Navidad! to you XD

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      Hezekiah 3 years ago from Japan

      Interesting although the Japanese will normally say "Merry Christmas" Merii Kurisumasu. メリー クリスマス。

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      Very cool to know this.

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi MPG Narratives,

      Merry Christmas to you too! Thanks so much for the pin, I really appreciate it!

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Sharkye!

      Thank you for your comment and for pinning, I really appreciate it!

      I'm glad that you found the bits of trivia interesting, I hoped that as well as learning the translation of that language, readers would learn some trivia about the language too.

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Thief12!

      Thanks for the visit, Feliz Navidad to you too! I'm learning Spanish at the moment, so its nice to have a native Spanish speaker comment on this hub!

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Hezekiah

      Thanks for providing that info about how the Japanese say Merry Christmas, I am not a Japanese speaker so I did not know that. I will change that soon. Thanks again and Merii Kurisumasu to you!

      PS: I am a big fan of Japan, I watch NHK International a lot, I love their great programs.

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Writer Janis,

      Thanks for the great comment, Janis! Yes, it is cool to know this, I am trying to be able to say all 15 of the languages. That should come in handy!

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      in chinese, we say: Shen Dan Jieh Kuai Le!

      In malay we say: Selamat hari Natal !

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 3 years ago from Pune, India

      Thank you for sharing this great information.

      In India, generally people use English 'Happy Christmas'. Indian languages versions are also used, like in Hidi, we say. 'Khrisamas Ki Shubhakamanaayen'

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi peachpurple,

      Thanks for reading this and for providing extra translations, I really appreciate it. I will input them very soon.

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi jainismus,

      Thanks so much for your great comment and for the translations, I am glad that you found this useful. I'll input the translations very soon.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Nice job here. I'm about to publish a hub about the Spanish language and I will link up with this one. It's well-written. :) Have a great day.

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hey Cyndi!

      Thanks for visiting and for the wonderful comments! :) It is nice to get such great comments from a Spanish tutor. I am really glad that you will link up with this hub, thank you so much! I am planning to write some hubs on Spanish (language, origins etc) so I will be linking up to your fantastic Spanish lessons too.

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      Maggie.L 2 years ago from UK

      Great hub Susi. In Cantonese (which is spoken in Hong Kong and the Canton province of China) the Happy Christmas translation is sing daan faai lok or 圣诞快乐 in chinese characters.

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      Susan W 2 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Maggie! I am glad you liked reading this and I would like to thank you for the valuable contribution on the Cantonese translation. I was looking for a Chinese translation so the Canton language will do perfectly. I will add that in today.

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