The French phrase "Bonne année" revealed

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Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

Bonne année ! meaning


The literal meaning is:

  • Bonne → Good
  • année → year


“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.

How to use

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.

Fun fact

You should absolutely wait for the New Year to be there before using it, or French people are going to be pissed! (True story)


  • Bonne année et bonne santé → Happy New Year and good health to you
  • Meilleurs voeux → Best wishes
  • Bonnes fêtes de fin d’année → Happy festive season
  • Bonnes fêtes de fin d’année et meilleurs voeux → Happy festive season and best wishes
  • Je te souhaite une (très) bonne année → I wish you a (very) happy New Year
  • Je vous souhaite une (très) bonne année → I wish you a (very) happy New Year (formal)
  • (Très) Bonne année à toi → (Very) Happy New Year to you
  • (Très) Bonne année à vous → (Very) Happy New Year to you (formal)
  • Je te souhaite une excellente année → I wish you an excellent New Year
  • Je vous souhaite une excellente année → I wish you an excellent New Year (formal)
  • Excellente année à toi → Excellent New Year to you
  • Excellente année à vous → Excellent New Year to you (formal)


Everyday life dialogue example with audio

Audio dialogue from French people

Dialogue audio

Dialogue text

” Bonne année ! “
” Happy new year! “
” À toi aussi ! “
” To you too! “
” Merci ! Cette année sera la tienne ! “
” Thanks! This year will be yours! “
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