恭喜发财

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Cantonese[edit]

simpl. 恭喜发财
trad. 恭喜發財

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Jyutping: gung1 hei2 faat3 coi4
    (Guangzhou) IPA(key): /kʊŋ⁵³ hei³⁵ fɑːt̚³ t͡sʰɔːi²¹/
    (Hong Kong) IPA(key): /kʊŋ⁵⁵ hei³⁵ fɑːt̚³ t͡sʰɔːi²¹/

Phrase[edit]

恭喜发财 (simplified, Romanization gung1 hei2 faat3 choi4, traditional 恭喜發財)

  1. Happy New Year (Congratulations and best wishes for a prosperous New Year!)

Mandarin[edit]

simpl. 恭喜发财
trad. 恭喜發財

Etymology[edit]

From 恭喜 ("to congratulate, respectfully wishing one joy") + 发财 ("to become rich, to make money"). Literally, "congratulations for becoming rich". Originated in post-Opium War Guangzhou Cantonese, now a general Chinese phrase.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Beijing) IPA(key): /kʊŋ⁵⁵ ɕi²¹⁴⁻²¹¹ fa⁵⁵ t͡sʰaɪ̯³⁵/
  • (Tianjin) IPA(key): /kʊŋ²¹ ɕi²¹⁴⁻²⁴ fa²¹ t͡sʰaɪ̯⁴⁵/

Phrase[edit]

恭喜发财 (simplified, Pinyin gōngxǐ fācái, traditional 恭喜發財)

  1. Happy New Year (congratulations and best wishes for a prosperous New Year)

Wu[edit]

simpl. 恭喜发财
trad. 恭喜發財

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kʊ̆ŋ⁵⁵ ɕi²¹ fᴀʔ⁴⁴ z̻ᴇ²³/

Phrase[edit]

恭喜发财 (simplified, traditional 恭喜發財)

  1. Happy New Year (Congratulations and best wishes for a prosperous New Year!)