There are many events in our lives we want to say “Congratulations”. Do you know how to say it in Chinese? In this article I will show you how to say “Congratulations” in Chinese like a native.
BASIC EXPRESSIONS OF “CONGRATULATIONS” IN CHINESE
Basically there are two expressions when we want to give “Congratulations” in Chinese. Both can be used independently without any explanation.
恭喜 is an informal expression of “congratulations”. It is often used as blessings to a happy event. It is mostly used with people.For example,
Gōngxǐ (nǐ kǎo shàng dàxué)
Congratulations (on your admission to the university).
祝贺 is a formal expression of “congratulations”. It is often used to congratulate people or companies on their achievements.For example,祝贺(贵公司开业)。
Congratulations (on the opening of your company).
BE SPECIFIC ON THE CONGRATULATIONS IN CHINESE
In addition to the general expressions, we can be more specific.
Gōngxǐ nǐ bìyèle.
Congratulations on your graduation.
Gōngxǐ nǐ huòdéle xīn gōngzuò
Congratulations on your new job.
Gōngxǐ nǐ huòdé yīgè zhème hǎo de jīhuì.
Congratulations on this amazing opportunity.
Zhùhè nín dāngzhīwúkuì de chénggōng.
Congratulations on your well-deserved success.
Xiàng nǐ qǔdé de chéngjī biǎoshì zhùhè.
Congratulations on your achievements.
Zhōngxīn zhùhè nǐ.
Heartfelt congratulations to you.
EXPRESSING HAPPINESS FOR THE PERSON
In addition to saying congratulations, we might want to express our happiness for the person we want to send congratulations to. The following expressions can be used in such a situation:
Wǒ wèi nǐ jiāo’ào
I am proud of you.
Wǒ tì nǐ gāoxìng
I am happy for you.
Gàn dé hǎo!
OTHER WAYS OF USING “CONGRATULATIONS”
恭喜, when used together with “发财”， becomes an expression used on Chinese New Year.
gōng xǐ fā cái
May you have a prosperous New Year!
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