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Bonne année et bonne santé

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Expression: Bonne année et bonne santé !

Pronunciation: [buh na nay ay buhn sa(n) tay]

Meaning: Happy New Year!

Literal translation: Good year and good health!

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Notes: The simplest way to wish someone a happy new year in French is with Bonne année !, but Bonne année et bonne santé is a classic expression. In English, we say "happy new year," but the "new" is unnecessary in French - bonne année does the whole job. The addition of bonne santé (good health) is not only a nice thought, but it also rhymes, making a little sing-songy sort of phrase.

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