How to say “Congratulations” in Chinese like a native

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.

  1. 恭喜
    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,
    恭喜(你考上大学)。
    Gōngxǐ (nǐ kǎo shàng dàxué)
    Congratulations (on your admission to the university).
  2. 祝贺
    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.

For example,
恭喜你毕业了。
Gōngxǐ nǐ bìyèle.
Congratulations on your graduation.

恭喜你获得了新工作。
Gōngxǐ nǐ huòdéle xīn gōngzuò
Congratulations on your new job.

恭喜你获得一个这么好的机会。
Gōngxǐ nǐ huòdé yīgè zhème hǎo de jīhuì.
Congratulations on this amazing opportunity.

祝贺您当之无愧的成功。
Zhùhè nín dāngzhīwúkuì de chénggōng.
Congratulations on your well-deserved success.

向你取得的成绩表示祝贺.
Xiàng nǐ qǔdé de chéngjī biǎoshì zhùhè.
Congratulations on your achievements.

衷心祝贺你。
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:

我为你骄傲。
Wǒ wèi nǐ jiāo’ào
I am proud of you.

我替你高兴。
Wǒ tì nǐ gāoxìng
I am happy for you.

干得好!
Gàn dé hǎo!
Well done!

太棒了!
Tài bàngle
Excellent!

了不起!
Liǎobùqǐ
Amazing!

真厉害!
Zhēn lìhài
Great!

OTHER WAYS OF USING “CONGRATULATIONS”

恭喜, when used together with “发财”, becomes an expression used on Chinese New Year.

恭喜发财
gōng xǐ fā cái
May you have a prosperous New Year!

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