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Annual French Expression
|Meaning||Happy New Year!|
|Literally||Good year and good health!|
|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.
More new year’s wishes
|Nouvel An en France
La Saint-Sylvestre et le jour de l’An
French holiday expressions