Talk To Your Grandparents!



It’s that time of year again, the family gatherings, ang paos and copious amounts of food. If you’re at a loss for words this Chinese New Year, try out these phrases to put a smile onto your grandparent’s faces. We’ve even added in Cantonese and Hokkien versions so you can look super cool and impress your folks. 

We’ve split this article into 2 parts: Basic and Advanced, so those who aren’t very confident in their language skills will have an easier time picking out what to say! Regardless, as long as you try telling your grandparents something in their dialects, they’ll be sure to nod, smile, and say 乖 (“guai”; filial)!




1. Happy New Year


Mandarin: 新年快乐 (Xīn Nián Kuài Lè)
Hokkien: Sin Ni Ju Yi 
Cantonese: San Nin Fai Lok 

The plain white t-shirt of Chinese New Year greetings. It’s basic, and you can’t go wrong with it. Often leads to a smile and nod from the recipient. 


2. Wishing you Happiness and Prosperity


image03.gifMandarin: 恭喜发财 (Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái)
Hokkien: Gheong Ki Huat Cai
Cantonese: Gong Hei Fatt Choy

This is one of the most overused phrases around. You’ve probably heard this one many times. Prosperity, after all, is one of the reasons kids love Chinese New Year! More ang paos anyone?


3. Wishing you health and vibrancy



Mandarin: 身体健康 (Shēng Tǐ Jiàn Kāng)
Hokkien: Sin They Gian Kong
Cantonese: Sun Tai Thin Hong

This is a simple and effective saying that is bound to put a smile on your grandfather’s face. After all, with a caring grandchild like you, what more would he want than health?


4. Success in everything you do



Mandarin: 万事如意 (Wàn Shì Rú Yì)
Hokkien: Ban See Ru Yi
Cantonese: Man Si Yu Yee 

For grandparents embarking on anything new, this blessing wishes them luck and success for their new line dancing class at your friendly neighbourhood CC.  




5. Peace for the whole family


image00.gifMandarin: 岁岁平安 (Suì Suì Píng An)
Hokkien: Sui Sui Peng An 
Cantonese: Soi Soi Peng On 

This one is for the families who need the peace and quiet amidst the chaos of life. Wish your grandparents some peace and quiet… then give a resounding yum seng (cheers) to their long life!


6. A lot of happiness


image01.gifMandarin: 喜气洋洋 (Xí Qi Yǎng Yǎng)
Hokkien: Hee Kee Eyo Eyo
Cantonese: Hei Yuong Yuong

A punny one – “yang” means goat in chinese and it’s the year of the goat. If you’re up to the challenge, use this instead of the basics to score extra points and maybe a bigger ang pao.


7. Be as strong as the horse and dragon


image04.gifMandarin: 龙马精神 (Lóng Mǎ Jīng Shén)
Hokkien: Leng Beh Jieng Sin
Cantonese: Long Ma Jheng San

If your grandparents are especially frail, here’s the steroids of Chinese New Year greetings. Energise them with the spirit of your youth by enthusiastically greeting them with this phrase.


8. All things auspicious and prosperous


Mandarin: 大吉大利 (Dà Jí Dà Lì)
Hokkien: Dai Kiat Dai Li
Cantonese: Dai Khat Dai Lei

Some people want it all so you just gotta give it all with this blessing! Keep the family coffers and your ah ma’s biscuit tin filled with four simple words.  


For Our Pioneers


As we celebrate Chinese New Year and collect our ang paos, we should remember the hardships the Pioneer Generation had to endure. And despite all that they’ve been through, many of them are still constantly worried about us! 

We can alleviate their worries. If they haven’t already checked, the Pioneer Generation card was sent to every Pioneer’s home address by September 2014. With this card, Pioneers will enjoy special subsidies for MediShield Life Premiums, easing the financial burden on potential medical expenses.

Help them worry less. This Chinese New Year, remind the Pioneers in your family that they can use their Pioneer Generation Card for more affordable visits to the doctor, whether for basic checkups or treatments. 

Here’s a heart-warming video to help you do just that!

Pioneer Generation Package – Reunion Dinner
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Pioneer Generation Package – Reunion Dinner

More information about the Pioneer Generation Card can be found here.

Everyone at The Smart Local wishes you a Happy Chinese New Year!

This post was brought to you by the Pioneer Generation Taskforce.

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