Bonne année et bonne santé !

Bonne année et bonne santé
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Annual French Expression

Meaning Happy New Year!
Literally Good year and good health!
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Pronunciation [buh na nay ay buhn sa(n) tay]
IPA   [bɔ na ne e bɔn sã te]

Usage notes: Bonne année et bonne santé is a classic way to wish someone a happy new year in French.

In English, we say “happy new year,” but the “new” is unnecessary in French – bonne année does the whole job. The addition of bonne santé (good health) is not only a nice thought, but it also rhymes, making a little sing-songy sort of phrase.

  Don’t say this until it’s actually the new year – the French find it very odd to be wished a happy new year while it’s still the old one.

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