How to Say Happy New Years in French
If you want to say “Happy New Years!” in French, you would say “Bonne année!” However, the pronunciation is a little different than you might expect. Even though it looks like it might sound like ‘bon annie,’ the pronunciation runs much closer to ‘bun an-nay.’ A quick note, “Bonne année!” translates to Happy New Year, which is grammatically correct, although many people say “Happy New Years.” You can also say “Happy New Year’s Eve.”
The expression for “Happy New Years!” is also very similar to the general one used to wish someone a good day when you’re leaving them—“bonne journée” (during the day) or “bonne soirée” (if you’re parting company with them in the evening). Both are important elements of the French notion of “la politesse,” their informal code of politeness and general social etiquette.
To build towards fluency in French, you should start your French lessons with the basics of common words and pronunciations. Then you can scale naturally towards a much more complex understanding of the French language. That’s why Rosetta Stone’s French language program has an immersive approach that introduces words alongside visual and audio cues. This will help you learn vocabulary in the context of true-to-life conversations. These bite-sized lessons are grouped into units that highlight common French conversational phrases you’ll need for everyday interactions. The lessons include practical review that helps learners solidify their French language skills.
Learning French Phrases
Your approach to learning the French language will most likely depend on your goals. Many learners are at the very beginning of learning French and want to pick up common words like au revoir, baguette and amour to learn how to replicate the famous French accent. Other learners have had considerable exposure to French words and pronunciations in their academic careers, and now want to advance the language abilities they already have. Whatever your goals are in learning the French language, you should carefully consider using a language program built with your objectives in mind.
One of the most notable aspects of the French language is its je ne sais quoi, which is a somewhat elusive quality that makes the accent so alluring. However, what may seem to be a mysterious aspect of the French language’s appeal is actually just a nuance of pronunciation. Some French pronunciations can be especially challenging for new learners because the sounds are decidedly more nasal than those of other languages. That’s why it’s so important to first focus on correct French pronunciation, starting with the sounds in the alphabet.
You can build your language skills and confidence by starting with some basic and common French words and phrases:
- Bonjour = Hello, Good morning
- Au revoir = Goodbye
- Oui = Yes
- Non = No
- Merci = Thank you
- Merci beaucoup = Thank you very much
- Fille = Girl
- Garçon = Boy
- Femme = Woman
- Homme = Man
- Amour = Love
- Français = French
- S’il vous plaît = Please
- Bonsoir = Good evening
- Bonne Nuit = Good night
- Excusez-moi = Excuse me
- De Rien = You’re welcome (casual, informal way)
- Je vous en prie = You’re welcome (formal)
- Temps = Time
- Jour = Day
And here are a few more common phrases you say in French:
- Je suis désolé(e) = I’m sorry
- Comment vous appelez-vous ? = What is your name?
- Parlez-vous anglais ? = Do you speak English?
- Je m’appelle … = My name is …
- Comment allez-vous ? = How are you doing?
- Quelle heure est-il ? = What time is it?
- Pouvez-vous m’aider ? = Can you help me?
- Combien ça coûte ? = How much is this?
- Je t’aime = I love you
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