In the Chinese New Year period, many people will send text messages to their friends on the phone(via the SMS). I will also do that. When writing English letters, you may use "Yours," or "Sincerely," before your name, to show your sincerity.

So in Chinese, how can we express this meaning? I mean, when you say " I wish you [...]," what special words will be used to show your sincerity?

  • Are the expressions different from this event to any other part of the year?
    – Alenanno
    Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 15:36
  • No, it's the same when you want to express your wishes to someone in a formal way.
    – Huang
    Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 16:19
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    Remember that questions here will remain for a long time, so "in this period" won't mean anything in the future, I would recommend adding new year to the title.
    – Petruza
    Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 13:59

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I received (and sent) several of these messages. I copied down some phrases to use later:

祝您事业兴旺! = May your career be prosperous!

祝您福寿绵长! = I wish you a long & happy life!

祝您龙年大吉! = I wish you a very lucky Dragon Year!

祝您万事如意! = May everything be exactly as you wish it to be!

From what I can tell, Chinese often string many different phrases together with commas, so you might get something like:




I think this is the equivalent form in chinese.

Update: the previous answer I gave was the way how we wrote in formal letters. For text message, I think the following form in chinese can accomplish the same function: [your name]敬上.

  • What are those ** **? Anyway, could you elaborate a bit?
    – Alenanno
    Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 15:43
  • I was trying to put some spaces there for indents, but apparently it didn't work.
    – Fivesheep
    Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 15:53
  • Why indenting? I don't understand...
    – Alenanno
    Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 16:13
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    The words are used in short text messages(on the phone). I don't think "此致敬礼" is the choice. It's used in letters, I believe.
    – Huang
    Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 16:16
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    the 'Sincerely' thing was adapted from letters. so I think you can do the same in sms. or maybe some changed forms like: xxx敬上
    – Fivesheep
    Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 19:48

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