Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

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Different languages in the world

Try saying Happy New Year in Twents or Wolof or Udmurt. And don’t forget Bobo!

Or imagine how you might respond to someone who said, “Szczesliwego Nowego Roku?” or “Blwyddyn Newydd Dda.”

Seriously, how cool would it be to be able to speak 155 different languages? (I can only speak 4.5.)

I know someone who’s tongue is probably loose enough that she could say all of these, and no doubt has. I just didn’t catch it. That would be my little 1-almost-2 year old.

Happy New Year in whatever language is your heart language. And if I have missed yours, please send it to me and I will gladly add it.

May the New Year find you in step with the Creator of the universe.

Afgani: Saale Nao Mubbarak
Afrikaans: Gelukkige nuwe jaar
Albanian: Gezuar Vitin e Ri
Alsatian: e glëckliches nëies / güets nëies johr
Armenian: Snorhavor Nor Tari
Arabic: Kul ‘am wa antum bikhair
Assyrian: Sheta Brikhta
Austrian: a guads Neichs Johr olle mitanand
Azeri: Yeni Iliniz Mubarek!
Bambara: aw ni san’kura / bonne année
Basque: urte berri on
Belarusian: S novem godam
Bengali: Shuvo Nabo Barsho
Berber: asqwas amegas
Beti: mbembe mbu
Bobo: bonne année
Bosnian: sretna nova godina
Breton: Bloavezh Mat
Bulgarian: Chestita Nova Godina
Cambodian: Soursdey Chhnam Tmei
Catalan: FELIÇ ANY NOU
Chinese: Xin Nian Kuai Le
Corsican: Pace e Salute
Croatian: Sretna Nova godina!
Cymraeg: Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
Czech: Stastny Novy rok)
Dari: sale naw tabrik
Denish: Godt Nytår
Dhivehi: Ufaaveri Aa Aharakah Edhen
Dutch: GELUKKIG NIEUWJAAR!
Eskimo: Kiortame pivdluaritlo
Esperanto: Felican Novan Jaron
Estonians: Head uut aastat!
Ewe: eƒé bé dzogbenyui nami
Ethiopian: MELKAM ADDIS AMET YIHUNELIWO!
Ethiopian: RUHUS HADUSH AMET
Farose: gott nýggjár
Farsi: Aide shoma mobarak
Finnish: Onnellista Uutta Vuotta
Flemish: gelukkig Nieuwjaar
French: Bonne Annee
Frisian: lokkich neijier
Friulan: bon an
Gaelic: Bliadhna mhath ur
Galician: Bo Nadal e Feliz Aninovo
German: Prosit Neujahr
Georgian: GILOTSAVT AKHAL TSELS!
Greek: Kenourios Chronos
Gujarati: Nutan Varshbhinandan
Guarani: rogüerohory año nuévo-re
Haitian Creole: bònn ané
Hawaiian: Hauoli Makahiki Hou
Hebrew: L’Shannah Tovah
Hindi: Naye Varsha Ki Shubhkamanyen
Hong kong (Cantonese): Sun Leen Fai Lok
Hungarian: Boldog Új Évet Kivánok
Indonesian: Selamat Tahun Baru
Iranian: Sal -e- no mobarak
Iraqi: Sanah Jadidah
Irish: Bliain nua fe mhaise dhuit
Italian: Felice anno nuovo
Japan: Akemashite Omedetto Gozaimasu
Javanese: sugeng warsa enggal
Kabyle: Asegwas Amegaz
Kannada: Hosa Varushadha Shubhashayagalu
Kasakh: zhana zhiliniz kutti bolsin
Kirundi: umwaka mwiza
Kisii: SOMWAKA OMOYIA OMUYA
Khasi: Snem Thymmai Basuk Iaphi
Khmer: Sua Sdei tfnam tmei
Kinyarwanda: umwaka mwiza
Korea: Saehae Bock Mani ba deu sei yo!
Kurdish: NEWROZ PIROZBE
Kurde: sala we ya nû pîroz be
Latvian: Laimīgo Jauno Gadu!
Lithuanian: Laimingu Naujuju Metu
Latin: Volo omnes felicem novum annum habere
Laotian: Sabai dee pee mai
Latvian: laimīgu Jauno gadu
Ligurian: feliçe annu nœvu / feliçe anno nêuvo
Lingala: bonana / mbula ya sika elamu na tonbeli yo
Luthuanian: laimingų Naujųjų Metų
Low Saxon: gelükkig nyjaar
Luxembourgeois: e gudd neit Joër
Macedonian: Srekjna Nova Godina
Madagascar: Tratry ny taona
Malagasy: arahaba tratry ny taona
Malay: Selamat Tahun Baru
Marathi : Nveen Varshachy Shubhechcha
Malayalam : Puthuvatsara Aashamsakal
Maltese: is-sena t-tajba
Mangarevan: kia porotu te ano ou
Maori: kia hari te tau hou
Marathi: navin varshaachya hardik shubbheccha
Mizo: Kum Thar Chibai
Mongolian: shine jiliin bayariin mend hurgeye
More: wênd na kô-d yuum-songo
Ndebele: umyaka omucha omuhle
Nepal: Nawa Barsha ko Shuvakamana
Norwegian: Godt Nyttår
Occitan: bon annada
Oriya: Nua Barshara Subhechha
Papua New Guinea: Nupela yia i go long yu
Pampango: Masaganang Bayung Banua
Pashto: Nawai Kall Mo Mubarak Shah
Persian: Sal -e- no mobarak
Philippines: Manigong Bagong Taon!
Polish: Szczesliwego Nowego Roku
Portuguese: Feliz Ano Novo
Punjabi: Nave sal di mubarak
Romanche: bun di bun onn
Romanian: AN NOU FERICIT
Russian: S Novim Godom
Samoa: Manuia le Tausaga Fou
Sardinian: bonu annu nou
Scottish Gaelic: bliadhna mhath ur
Serbo-Croatian: Sretna nova godina
Shimaore: mwaha mwema
Shona: goredzva rakanaka
Sindhi: Nayou Saal Mubbarak Hoje
Singhalese: Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Sinhala: suba aluth avuruddak vewa
Siraiki: Nawan Saal Shala Mubarak Theevay
Slovak: Stastny Novy rok
Slovenian: sreèno novo leto
Sobota: dobir leto
Somali: Iyo Sanad Cusub Oo Fiican!
Spanish: Feliz Ano ~Nuevo
Sranan: wan bun nyun yari
Swahili: Heri Za Mwaka Mpyaº
Swedish: GOTT NYTT ÅR! /Gott nytt år!
Swiss-German: es guets Nöis
Sudanese: Warsa Enggal
Tagolog: manigong bagong taon
Tahitian: ia orana i te matahiti api
Tamazight: assugas amegaz
Tamil: Eniya Puthandu Nalvazhthukkal
Tatar: yaña yıl belän
Tibetan: Losar Tashi Delek
Telegu: Noothana samvatsara shubhakankshalu
Thai: Sawadee Pee Mai
Tshiluba: tshidimu tshilenga
Tulu: posa varshada shubashaya
Turkish: Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Twents: gluk in’n tuk
Udmurt: Vyľ Aren
Ukrainian: Shchastlyvoho Novoho Roku
Urdu: Naya Saal Mubbarak Ho
Uzbek: Yangi Yil Bilan
Vietnamese: Chuc Mung Tan Nien
Waloon: bone annéye / bone annéye èt bone santéye
Welsh : Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!
West Indian Creole: bon lanné
Wolof: dewenati
Yiddish: a gut yohr

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Bill Belew

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