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Merry Christmas in 10 Languages

December 26, 2014

I love languages and I also like Christmas, so I thought it would be interesting to talk about what Merry Christmas sounds like (or how its said) in other languages.

I think it’s a way of looking outside of ourselves here in the US or mostly English speaking countries and see what other cultures say at Christmas time. So, here we go–here are 10 languages of my choosing and how Merry Christmas is said or read in those languages.

My hope one day is to actually know the languages, if not fluently, at least enough to know how to hold a conversation well in the future.


Christmas in many languages.

Christmas in many languages.

English – Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays (recently more popular)

Chinese – [Mandarin] – “Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan”

German – “Froehliche Weihnachten”

Greek – “Kala Christouyenna”

Hawaiian – “Mele Kalikimaka”

Russian – “Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva s Novim Godom

Italian – “Buone Feste Natalizie”

French- Joyeux Noël

Spanish – Feliz Navidad

Portuguese – “Feliz Natal” “Boas Festas”(Good Holidays)

Polish – “Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia”

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