Creative Chinese messages & greetings

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Typical Chinese New Year greetings

One of the things I look forward to every Chinese New Year is those Chinese greetings I received from friends. In the good old days, CNY greetings used to be sent via sms with 160 characters limit (include full stop, comma, exclamation marks etc). Short messages were created based on this 160 character limitation.

With the advent of technology viz a viz smartphones and the internet becoming prevalent, that 160 character limitation is lifted thereby opening the flood gates for all kinds of creative messages. Some even come with “stickers” or “emojis” etc.. Think WhatsApp and Wechat.

I am of the opinion that those Chinese messages circulating during CNY are much more creative than the English messages. The English New Year messages are usually, “Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year”, “May you be blessed with happiness, health and luck” etc. All standard forms of boring messages. Definitely no puns on the 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs (animals) at all.

I’m one of the fortunate in my age group – those past 50 yrs whom benefited from a forced bi-lingual policy. For that I’m grateful to this government for forcing us to learn Chinese (Mandarin) in school albeit at 2nd language level with only one Chinese book whilst the rest of my subjects were taught in English.

For more than 12 years of formal education starting from the People’s Association kindergarden class right up to Pre-University, I was schooled in English with only one Chinese subject as a 2nd language. At least, I’m able to see the world through two windows instead of one. People like Encik always condemns SBS – Shi Bu Shi. To him Chinese (Mandarin) is SBS lah! He feels awkward and uncomfortable with Mandarin speaking environment. Millionaire Caveman used to say that if only he had some basic Mandarin, he’d be a “billionaire” today. Yup, he was the first amongst the pioneers to venture into China during the early 80s when China just opened up its doors to the outside world. Opportunities were plentiful then. link

Anyway, I’ve given up any hope of convincing Encik about the uniqueness and beauty of the Chinese language. Like caveman, Encik had his formal education in Penang. As such, they didn’t benefit from our forced bi-lingual policy. How to explain to a blind man the different colors of red, blue, yellow etc? Sad to say, a person born blind will never know the beauty of colors no matter how you explain to him! Actually you just can’t explain colors. Like what they say seeing is believing. If you can’t see, what to believe?

Many of my friends have requested that I blog in Chinese. I wish I could write in Chinese as well as my English. Sadly, I can’t. I could only read and understand Chinese but not able to write fluently. Even composing short Chinese sms also see me struggling with the pinyin or the written form.

Two famous international Chinese actors from Hong Kong who could not even speak or understand English initially could now speak English fluently. I heard one of them speaking English with American accent on television recently. I was impressed. They had the time and money to engage private tutors to teach them English. If only my Chinese standard is of the highest fluency, I would devote the time in my remaining lifespan to study Chinese literature, philosophy or Buddhism. Even if I were to devote 20 years of my life doing just that might not be sufficient to fully reap the vast timeless wisdom in its bottomless treasure pit.

It is generally agreed that the English language blossomed around the era of Shakespeare in the 16th century – about 500 years ago. But Chinese literature was already at its height during the Tang dynasty in the 7th century – much earlier then the English. It’s easily more than 1,000 years earlier than the latter if were to include the earlier Han dynasty. 

Back to my subject matter. I’ve selected some Chinese message samples here received from friends. I’ll not attempt to translate them here. The translation will do injustice to those creative messages cuz they lose their meaning with translation. You could copy and paste them using the google translator to get the gist of it. Most of those Chinese messages revolve around hope, luck, happiness, health, wealth, work, family etc during the CNY. The most commonly used greeting year after year is “年年有余” - “Every Year With Surplus” with the last Chinese character “余” whose pronunciation is similar to fish. That’s why the fish image is quite prominently displayed on greeting banners, cards or even sms messages.   

Hope you will enjoy reading those creative messages. You may even recycle them for next CNY. It’s a good reference on how to send creative and interesting Chinese messages to your family and friends.

Read related article here.

中国有长城
美国有赌城
日本有不夜城
马六甲有古城
香港有郭富城
新加坡有狮城
你家更了不起…
有灰尘!
哈哈…该大扫除啦!

我率领全国人民提前祝福你和家人2015新年快乐!
你以后几天所收到的全部新年短讯都是我安排大家发给你的。 
我做事很低调的,你知道就好了!

如果,有只《洋》跑来你家,请不要慌张!它叫《五福》是我叫它来和你拜个早年!在这里祝你:《五福》临门,心想事成,福星高照,新年快乐!恭喜恭喜!

羊年送你三只羊…第一只祝你心想事成,得意洋洋。第二只祝你生活如意,神采飞扬。第三只祝你365日,天天喜气洋洋。《三羊开泰,羊年行大运》

送你一朵吉祥花;年年健康有钱花。
送你一杯吉祥酒;温馨甜蜜到永久。
送你一个吉祥月;天天出门有喜悦。
送你一道吉祥福;象征事业有钱途。
“祝你好运”

新春佳节快到了提早祝您 “新年快乐!” 
有个老板向我问起你的地址和手机号码我已全部泄露出去了,
他们会在 “除夕夜” 找你。
别惊慌,他名叫财神爷!

祝你新年里有鼠不尽的钞票,能牛转乾坤,虎虎生威,兔飞猛进,拥有龙马精神,蛇全十美,马到功成,羊洋得意,猴天得道,经鸡独立。猪你全家健康快乐! (Puns on 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs)

新的一年:
祝福你在新的一年:聪明如鼠!强壮如牛!胆大如虎!可爱如兔自信如龙!狠毒如蛇!浪漫如马!温顺如羊!顽皮如猴!美丽如鸡!忠实如狗! 肥过只猪! (Puns on 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs)

鼠钱不完
牛那样壮
虎虎生威
兔气扬眉
龙马精神
蛇得消费
马到功成
羊洋得意
猴会有期
鸡不可失
狗用就算
猪你发财
(Puns on 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs)

在金鸡年,祝你像公鸡般勤劳,像母鸡般伟大,像小鸡般可爱,像火鸡般够气,像孔雀般美丽,像马来鸡般纤体,像KFC家乡鸡般受欢迎,像金鸡下金蛋。(Puns on Year of the Rooster)

百花开在春天里再把心意传给你新春佳节没献礼来个贺语祝福你希望新的一年里身体健康长伴你万事如意四季里好运永远跟随你钞票多多皮包里新年快乐恭喜你

我的信息来啦!
收到的人春风得意;
阅读的人工作顺利;
储存的人爱情甜蜜;
转发的人大吉大利;
删除的人依然好运气!
愿你:天天快乐!

不知不觉又一年
愿望照常没实现
马票全跑浪费钱
到头只靠血汉钱
每晚都梦赚大钱
醒来原来要小便
希望来年有转变
财神到你家门前
给你财运送你钱
让你安心好过年

健康使一切变得可能,
财富使一切变得可行,
乐观使一切变得可爱。
愿您三者俱得。
过个可爱可能可行的2015。

身体健康长伴你
万事如意四季里
好运永远跟随你
钞票多多皮包里
新年快乐恭喜你

新春到来又一年
恭喜发财好年年
欢欢乐乐过新年
食物丰富吃得甜
身体健康是本钱
行情不好别花钱
真诚友情不讲钱
收到信息我心甜
幸福家庭好团圆
早早向您拜个年

新的1年即将到来
愿你好事接2连3
心情4季如春
生活5颜6色
7彩缤纷
事业兴旺8达
一切烦恼抛到9霄云外
请接受我10心10意的祝福!

新的一年
心到,想到,
看到,闻到,
听到,人到,
说到,做到,
日子到,时间到
你的礼物没到,只有我的祝福
传到…
祝您:2015 新年快乐福到财到!

手到、眼到、人到、心到、想到、说到、看到、福到、春到、财到、新年到、花红没收到、礼物也迟到只有我的祝福先到、新年快乐!
愿新的一年事事顺心。

新春到来又一年
恭喜发财好年年
欢欢乐乐过新年
食物丰富吃得甜
身体健康是本钱
行情不好别花钱
真诚友情不讲钱
收到信息我心甜
幸福家庭好团圆
早早向您拜个年

身体健康长伴你
万事如意四季里
好运永远跟随你
钞票多多皮包里
新年快乐恭喜你

新的一年百花香
一个信息带八香
一香送你摇钱树
二香送你贵人扶
三香送你工作好
四香送你没烦恼
五香送你钱满箱
六香送你永健康
七香送你好运到
八香送你年年旺 

新年到新年好
这讯息是个宝
传五人财源到
若不传样样倒
爬山山倒
爬树树倒
走路跌倒
开车不跑
吃饭不饱
爱人跟人跑
传吧
谁叫你人缘好

二零一五年
什麽都要多
祝福你金多多
银多多
钱多多
运多多
赚多多
存多多
财多多
中多多
发多多
乐多多
也要想
我多多哦!

新年临近百花香,
一条信息带六香。
一香送你摇钱树,
二香送你贵人扶,
三香送你工作好,
四香送你没烦恼,
五香送你钱满箱。。
百香送你永安康!

新春到来又一年恭喜发财好年年欢欢乐乐过新年食物丰富吃得甜身体健康是本钱行情不好别花钱真诚友情不讲钱收到信息我心甜幸福家庭好团圆早早向您拜个年新年快乐!

一个红包两块钱
羊年祝你赚大钱
三洋开泰四季春
祝你安康永常春
五福临门六六顺
横财就手万事顺
七星八仙来拜年
合家安康庆丰年
九霄云外十万哩
出国旅行任由你

希望二零一五年
老板顺着你
朋友让着你
敌人躲着你
爱人体贴你
贵人帮着你
家人护着你
多多偏向你
工作随便你
金钱黏着你!

财神老爷对你笑,
笑的胡子往上翘,
问你发财要不要?
享受富贵真奇妙,
钞票多多真有效,
看见什么都能要,
若问这天何时到?
读完信息就生效!

猪年快到了,让我先祝你:
新年好,天天吃到饱,
身体好,头脑好,
天天捡到宝,福气好,
运气好TOTO,4D中到饱!
祝你猪年天天好!

炮竹一响除旧年
满地红红接新年
春夏秋冬一整年
好运连连连一年
心想事成在今年
如意吉祥平安年 
发财发财是这年
祝你过个快乐年

这张《出入平安》符是我从猪八戒元帅那里跟你请的,
他会保佑你旅游也好,工作也好,赌博也好,增肥也好,一切顺利!

百花开在春天里再把心意传给你新春佳节没献礼来个贺语祝福你希望新的一年里身体健康长伴你万事如意四季里好运永远跟随你钞票多多皮包里新年快乐恭喜

再过几天,就是新的一年。我希望我是第一个、最早的一个、也是最特别的一个给你送上祝福;
愿您~
~猪年开始~

鸡年鸡将来临,给你鸡情的祝福
愿你的生活鸡极向上,能保我每一个发财的鸡会
把鸡肤保养的青春焕发,事业生鸡蓬勃

我在发展银行给你开了个户口,不多…
只有四千万:
千万要健康
千万要快乐
千万要寻爽
千万要记得密码
“1314168”
(一生一世一路发)

金鼠将至,祝你上班偷偷傻笑,下班活蹦乱跳,嘴里哼着小曲,不知不觉跑调,晚上唏哩呼噜睡觉,醒来吓了一跳,枕边全是钞票。祝你鼠年幸福快乐!

新春到来又一恭喜发财好年年欢欢乐乐过新年食物丰富吃得甜身体健康是本钱行情不好别花钱真诚友情不讲钱收到信息我心甜幸福家庭好团圆早早向您拜个年

光阴似水又一春
身轻如燕老益壮
耳边叮咛一声语
春花秋月年年似
鸿飞何处了无痕
(每行第五个字是我想提醒您的。)
(Hidden msg of getting older by a year)

月儿几时圆?
提灯问青天!
元宵十五夜;
家家庆丰年!
给您全家拜晚年!
家好运好人也好!
幸福美满更团圆!
祝您元宵节快乐!
(My favorite greeting on the 15th day of CNY)

About Gintai_昇泰

I'm a Chinese Singaporean living in the Eastern part of Singapore. I tweet on current affairs & inspirational quotes. I blog on issues or events if they interest me. I write for pleasure. I also write mainly for my family and friends. At least they know I'm still alive and well. It's a free country. No one is forcing you to read if you don't like what I write. I'm entitled to my own opinions. Having said that, there are still retards, morons and losers out there hiding behind anonymity hurling all kinds of insults and wicked remarks on my blog. I guess we'll just have to live with these cowardly mangy dogs found in any society. Sigh!
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2 Responses to Creative Chinese messages & greetings

  1. Anonymous says:

    Really fun reading your article. Well written ! 写得好 !

  2. Winking Doll says:

    Hi Gintai,

    As mentioned before in your blog, learning Mandarin Chinese in Singapore schooling pretty much killed my interest in the language, mainly because of the way it was taught and the attitudes of the Chinese-language teachers. If it is any consolation, my Mandarin and Cantonese only improved after I entered the work world, where I had to speak in Cantonese in a Hong Kongers dominated workplace speaking mainly Cantonese, and learning Mandarin through karaoke. Since you still have your foundation to read/write, I suggest trying your hand in writing short stuff in Chinese first (e.g. Chinese text SMS, Chinese Haiku) before expanding to a full-essays.

    One small suggestion: IMHO, the Chinese character “余” is more accurately translated as “surplus”, and thus “年年有余” becomes “Every Year With Surplus”.

    Lastly, I agree with anonymous above, thanks for sharing your thoughts so eloquently, whatever the language that you use. 写得好 !

    Cheers, WD.

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