‘Happy New Year’ in European languages

by Jakub Marian

Tip: See my list of the Most Common Mistakes in English. It will teach you how to avoid mis­takes with com­mas, pre­pos­i­tions, ir­reg­u­lar verbs, and much more (PDF Version).

Today’s map shows how to wish a Happy New Year in various European languages. The map is similar to my previous map about the phrase Merry Christmas.

Note that the colours represent etymological relations among the translations of the word “year” and do not necessarily correspond to language families. For example, even though Polish and Russian are both Slavic languages, the colours for them are different because the corresponding translations of the word “year” are not based on the same root.

Happy New Year in European languages

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