Merry Christmas in all languages

Published in: News 01/09/2015

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We are all looking forward to celebrating the most important festivity around the world: Christmas. We are ready: the Christmas tree is impeccably decorated, the presents are wrapped up, and the lights are on… nothing is missing. Or maybe something is missing: we forgot to learn how to pronounce Merry Christmas in all languages. Click and listen to the correct pronunciations

Merry Christmas in French: Joyeux Noël
In France, Père Noël (Father Christmas), has a competitor who brings presents earlier than he does: St. Nicholas. On December 6th, St. Nicholas brings toys and sweets to well behaved children, while his assistant, Père Fouettard, brings lumps of coal to the naughty ones. Joyeux Noël à tout le monde!

Merry Christmas in Spanish: Feliz Navidad
In Spain, Christmas is a huge celebration which reaches its peak during the Nochebuena (literally good night in Spanish), the Christmas Eve. A sumptuous dinner will be served at the grandparents’ house, where the whole family will be seated around a beautifully set table.
Learn how to pronounce Feliz Navidad

Merry Christmas in German: Fröhliche Weihnachten
Christmas in Germany is really a big deal. The passion about Christmas trees started here centuries ago: the first decorated tree showed up in 1750, thanks to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: he visited Strasbourg, where the first one appeared in the early 17th century, and wrote about it in his novel The Sorrows of Young Werther. Try, if you can, to pronounce Merry Christmas in German: Fröhliche Weihnachten

Merry Christmas in Portuguese: Feliz Natal 
In Portugal Christmas is the most important celebration of the year. On Christmas Eve a traditional dinner will be served to the family: cod, potatoes and vegetables. Once dinner is finished, during the night, the spirits of the dead will come to visit and enjoy the food leftovers. Merry Christmas in Portuguese: Feliz Natal 

Merry Christmas in Brazilian Portuguese: Feliz Natal 
In Brazil, Christmas happens to be in summer. Since the hot season, the traditional Christmas dishes became lighter and more suitable to the hot climate. The Christmas tree is still the festivity focal point: in 2014, in Rio de Janeiro was set the largest floating Christmas tree in the world, with millions of lights. Tourists came from all over the world to see the gigantic Christmas tree which earned the Guinness World Record in its category.  Listen to the pronunciation of Merry Christmas in Brazilian Portuguese: Feliz Natal 

Merry Christmas in Polish: Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
On Christmas Eve, Polish children stare at the sky and, as soon as they spot the first twinkle of a star, they all go to sit round the table: it’s dinner time. Before starting to eat, the whole family shares a piece of the traditional opłatek: a light wafer on which it is depicted a nativity scene. They all receive a piece of it as a symbol of love and friendship. And an opłatek piece is served also to the house pets. Try to repeat: Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia

Merry Christmas in Czech: Veselé Vánoce
Breaded carp and potatoes are the traditional dish served at the Christmas dinner. It is a must to keep a carp scale as a lucky charm for the oncoming year. Pronounce Merry Christmas in Czech: Veselé Vánoce

Merry Christmas in Romanian: Craciun Fericit
In Romania, the Christmas spirit is kept alive by the colinde, the traditional Romanian Christmas carols. On Christmas Eve, the children will sing walking from house to house, and they will receive fruits, nuts, and a slice of colaci (typical Christmas sweet bread), in return. Pronounce Merry Christmas in Romanian: Craciun Fericit

Merry Christmas in Slovak: Veselé Vianoce
In Slovakia, some dishes bring good fortune if eaten on Christmas Eve: for example, waffles with honey will preserve love and harmony in the family, garlic will guarantee good health. Speaking about money, tucking some coins under the tablecloth will bring wealth and prosperity. Merry Christmas in Slovak: Veselé Vianoce

Merry Christmas in Hungarian: Kellemes Karácsonyt
In Hungary, the traditional tree must be decorated on Christmas Eve by the parents. The children, in the meanwhile, will stay in their room waiting for Baby Jesus to deliver their presents. Repeat Merry Christmas in Hungarian: Kellemes Karácsonyt

Merry Christmas in Greek: Kala Christouyenna
In Greece, between Christmas and Epiphany, kallikantzaros are believed to appear during the celebrations. They are hideous creatures which live underground for the rest of the year and should come alive during the Christmas season. They are supposed to tease and annoy everybody. Say Merry Christmas in Greek: Kala Christouyenna

Merry Christmas in Swedish: God Jul
In Sweden, as in others Scandinavian countries, the Christmas season starts celebrating Saint Lucia, on December 13. Saint Lucia brings presents to children and she is also the patron saint of the blind, since she lost her sight defending her faith. Learn how to pronounce Merry Christmas in Swedish: God Jul

Merry Christmas in Finnish: Hyvää Joulua
Finnish Christmas Eve has it all: Christmas tree, light decorations, good food… and sauna. What a nice idea to celebrate the most stressing celebration of the year relaxing in a warm sauna! Pronounce Merry Christmas in Finnish: Hyvää Joulua

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