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To be clear, it includes a complete explanation of what it is and how to use it in a normal conversation with an audio example. And also the cool stuff we sprinkled like slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example, synonyms and more!
The literal meaning is:
“Bonne année” is the simplest and most common way to say “Happy New Year” in French. It’s interesting to note that in French, there is no mention of “New” contrary as English because it’s implied in the context.
Simply use “Bonne année” the same way you would use “Happy New Year“. But if you want something nicer, you can say instead “Bonne année et bonne santé” (Happy New Year and good health to you). Or you can use “Meilleurs voeux” (Best wishes).
You can also add “Très” to strengthen it: “Très bonne année” (Very Happy New Year) or even replace “bonne” with “excellente” like following “Excellente année” (Excellent New Year).
Since there are countless possibilities and variations, you can check the “Synonyms” section below for more inspiration.
You should absolutely wait for the New Year to be there before using it, or French people are going to be pissed! (True story)