- Education and Science
How To Say Happy Christmas In 14 Languages (Including French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian and more)
You will learn how to say Happy Christmas in:
- Polish, Danish, Esperanto, Luganda, Swahili, Portuguese
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!
Be Fluent In Spanish
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
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.
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.
If you could be fluent in any language other than your own what would it be?
Pronunciation: Bawn Nat Alay
- 125 million people speak Italian as their first language and 125 million people speak Italian as a second language.
Pronunciation: LicktLee Lool
In Japanese characters: 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
"Sed non bene"
Pronunciation: Seday No Benay
- Bene means 'happy' in Latin and Sed non means Christmas in Latin.
Pronunciation: Veso Wish Shee Aunt
- Polish is the second most widely spoken Slavic language after Russian and Ukrainian.
Pronunciation: Gley Leeg Loogl-uh
"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.
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"
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!")
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.