How to Say “Happy Holidays” in 18 Different Languages

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By Sabah Karimi

Want to do something different for the holidays this year? Send some holiday greetings to friends, neighbors, coworkers and family members in a different language!

Even though ‘Merry Christmas’ and ‘Season’s Greetings’ are much more common outside of the U.S. than ‘Happy Holidays’ (especially in Western Europe), you can still greet the rest of the world in true American style with some simple translations.

Whether you’re heading off on a round of Christmas caroling or writing up holiday cards for friends and family, share your global holiday spirit by saying ‘Happy Holidays’ in any of the following languages:

Say Happy Holidays! In French: Joyeuses Fêtes!

Say Happy Holidays! In Spanish: Felices Fiestas!

Say Happy Holidays! In Swedish: Trevlig Helg!

Say Happy Holidays! In Portuguese: Boas Festas!

Say Happy Holidays! In Turkish: Mutlu Bayramlar!

Say Happy Holidays! In Romanian: Sarbatori Fericite!

Say Happy Holidays! In Mandarin: Jie Ri Yu Kuai

Say Happy Holidays! In Catalan: Bones Festes!

Say Happy Holidays! In Japanese: Tanoshii kurisumasu wo! (Have a happy Christmas)

Say Happy Holidays! In Italian: Buone Feste!

Say Happy Holidays! In South African (Xhose): Ii holide eximnandi

Say Happy Holidays! In German: Forhe Feiertage

Say Happy Holidays! In Dutch: Prettige feestdagen

Say Happy Holidays! In Hawaiian: Hau’oli Lanui (pronounced how-oh-lay la-new-ee)

Say Happy Holidays! In Gaelic: Beannachtaí na Féile

Say Happy Holidays! In Slovenian: Vesele Praznike

Say Happy Holidays! In Indonesian: Selamat Hari Raya!

Say Happy Holidays! In Croatian: Sretni praznici!

Saying Happy Holidays in different languages isn’t always easy because the English word ‘holiday’ has a literal translation of a vacation or day off in most parts of the world. It’s also important to note that many countries celebrate the holidays right on through Epiphany on January 6, so you can get away with saying or sending holiday greetings for a few days after the calendar New Year.

If you’re traveling abroad, greeting someone with the literal translation of a holiday may get you some puzzled looks, and in some cases, it’s safe enough to say Happy New Year or Merry Christmas to honor the season. However, you can still learn how other cultures talk about parties or religious events, you’ll be much closer to the actual translation of the ‘holiday season’ when greeting your friends, neighbors and family members this year.

Spread some holiday cheer and surprise a few people on your holiday gift card list or party by greeting them in any of the languages above!

Holiday Greetings Made Easy

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Shared by Lynn Gaertner-Johnston, Syntax Training 

When you are ready to send greetings to your customers, clients, employees, mentors, donors, vendors, service providers, and others who make you successful, apply these suggestions:

1. Saying Thank You.

If you have U.S. business associates, Thanksgiving, celebrated this year on November 26, is an ideal time to say thank you. But no matter where you and your customers live, it is good business sense to take every opportunity to thank the people who create your success.

For tips and examples, read my article “How to Say Thank You.” For brief templates, read my blog post “Saying Thank You to Customers.”

2. Holiday Messages. 

If you are stumped about what to write in a holiday greeting, use the short messages below as examples. Adapt them to suit your reader, your relationship, and your culture.

At this joyous time of year, we are grateful for our work with you. We wish you abundance, happiness, and peace in a new year filled with hope. Happy holidays! 

 

I hope you and all your coworkers, family, and friends have a lovely holiday season filled with joy and meaning.

 

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with you this year. It has been an honor and a valuable experience for me. I wish you a happy Hanukkah and a new year filled with all good things.

 

It has been an honour and a pleasure to work with you this year. We wish you the best of holidays and a prosperous 2010!

 

As the year ends, we think about all we are grateful for. Our relationship with you is one thing we treasure. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. We wish you a merry Christmas and much success in the new year.

 

As gifts are given and received this holiday season, I think of the gift of knowing you. Thank you for the pleasure of working with you. Happy holidays!

 

Merry Christmas! I hope you have a holiday that fills your heart with joy!

3. Writing Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Why not use your readers’ languages to communicate Christmas and New Year’s greetings? For correct spellings of worldwide greetings, visit Omniglot. For some languages, Omniglot also provides pronunciations.

4. Happy New Year Messages. 

For customers who do not celebrate Christmas, use a new year’s message like one of these:

To a customer:
Thank you for your business this year. It has been a pleasure helping you reach your goals, and we look forward to contributing to your success in 2010. We wish you a prosperous and happy new year!

 

To a client or customer:
I wish you a wonderful new year filled with abundance, joy, and treasured moments. May 2010 be your best year yet!

 

To a patron or volunteer:
Happy new year! Thanks to supporters like you, 2009 was a very successful year for us. We were able to exceed our goals and expand our services to the needy because of the generosity and commitment of people like you. [You may provide details.] Thank you so much! 

We wish you a new year filled with peace, joy, and meaning.

 

To employees:
Happy New Year! Yes, we survived 2009. In fact, we thrived because of your amazing hard work, creativity, and dedication. I am personally grateful to you for your tremendous efforts, and I wish you a rewarding, joyous new year. I look forward to our work together in 2010.

5. Email vs. Handwritten.
Should you email holiday greetings? If email is the only way you communicate with your customers and employees–or if mailed greetings are too expensive–then email is your choice. But even with email, use each person’s name. A bland message that says “Dear Employee” or “Dear Customer” might as well say “Dear Stranger.”

If you have people’s addresses and a budget to send greetings by mail, choose a tasteful card to send. Although tastes differ, think about your readers when you choose cards. For most business associates, cards with religious messages are inappropriate.

Although it takes more work and seems inefficient, addressing envelopes by hand shows your personal involvement. To confirm mailing regulations for Canada and the U.S., read my research about them.

6. Printed vs. Handwritten Signature.

Whenever possible, sign your cards rather than using a typed signature. Although a signature typed in gold or silver looks impressive, writing a message and signing your name show a relationship with your reader. Pass around cards at your workplace and have people who know the recipients sign them.

7. Holiday Letters for Business.

Holiday letters are usually reserved for personal friends and family.However, if you want to bring your business network up to date on the progress you have made this year, or if you want to share your personal side with your business associates, write and send one. Here are ideas that will help you sound sincere rather than boastful.

8. Responding to Holiday Greetings.

Although responding to holiday cards and greetings is not required,it is thoughtful to do so. Whenever you can spread peace, joy, and friendship in the world, do it!

9. Thank-Yous for Holiday Greetings and Gifts.

Ready to thank someone for a gift? Return to Number 1 above.

Why Strategic Staffing Plans are Important

By David Ingram, eHow

Strategic staffing plans business successStrategic staffing plans are forward-looking strategies used to build and maintain loyal, high-performance teams. Strategic staffing plans differ from traditional staffing activities, which are mainly focused on filling empty seats with new employees, in that they consider the true lifetime value of each employee to their organizations, while developing methods of increasing the value of each employee over time. Understanding the importance of strategic staffing can motivate your human resources team to take their departmental strategies to the next level.

Competitive Advantage

Companies can gain powerful competitive advantages by employing strategic staffing plans. Using tact in hiring decisions and employee development can steadily increase employee productivity and efficiency by boosting their competence and confidence. Seeking out innovative and creative employees, and giving them the tools and training to grow, can keep your organization on the forefront of developments in your industry.

Executive Development

A strong argument can be made for promoting from within to fill top leadership positions. Companies with a policy of filling executive positions with insiders can benefit from developing a clear strategy for identifying and grooming potential leaders over the years. Investing in developing high-performers can ensure that your company’s fundamental mission and vision remains intact after an executive transition, while making it easier for employees to identify with new leaders and get on board with their strategic initiatives.

Legal Considerations

Strategic staffing plans also ensure that companies fully comply with laws on employee relations, especially issues of equal employment opportunity. Developing a plan to build a workforce that mirrors the cultural makeup of your surrounding community, as well as ensuring that minority groups are sufficiently represented in top leadership positions, can save large amounts of hassle and money from potential litigation. Going beyond the letter of the law in equal employment opportunity issues can help your company to develop a reputation as a fair employer with ethical business practices, which can increase demand for your brands in the marketplace.

Cost Efficiency

Strategic staffing can also include geographically separating different departments to take advantage of opportunities offered in foreign markets or distant domestic locations. Lean companies often locate entire departments, such as manufacturing or customer support, in foreign countries to leverage their unique skill-sets and cost efficiencies. These strategies must be candled with care, however, since laying off domestic employees to relocate departments can have a negative impact on the company’s domestic reputation.

David Ingram has written for multiple publications since 2009, including “The Houston Chronicle” and online at Business.com. As a small-business owner, Ingram regularly confronts modern issues in management, marketing, finance and business law. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts in management from Walsh University.

How to Improve Your Job Performance

improve performance business and selfYou want to make the best impression you can in the work place. Learn to develop some good habits and it won’t be long before you have got the eye of management. These steps aren’t hard to do–but may be a hard for some to stick to–but those who do will find themselves rising to the top.

Instructions

  1. Listen to motivational CDs in your car on the way to and from work. There are some great motivational speakers–Brian Tracey, Zig Zigglar and Tony Robbins to name a few. And every new program will add more tools to your professional bag of tricks.
  2. Arrive early. Get your coffee, get visiting co-workers out of the way and be ready to start work at, or before your scheduled time. Be a leader by acting like one.
  3. Start by doing the thing that you least want to do all day. Get it out of the way so it’s not hanging over you all day giving you reasons to procrastinate.
  4. Send notes to people outside of your department when you see them do an extraordinary job. Copy it to their manager.
  5. Show up prepared for any meeting. Do your homework before the meeting. Offer good insight, and pose good questions. Bring something inspirational to the meeting. If you’re the boss make certain you set a certain time for the meetings and stick to it.
  6. Subscribe to publications and journals that will enhance your industry knowledge. These are tax-deductible. Email articles that you find that you think would be of benefit to your colleagues.
  7. Have several bins—one for weekly projects, one to file and one for daily projects.
  8. Place your goals in a nice frame and put them on your desk in front of you as though they were a family picture. This can be your annual goals, quarterly goals goals for the upcoming week. It will keep you focused.
  9. Make a To Do list for the next day at the end of your work day. That way you hit the ground running. Make sure your list coincides with your weekly goals list. Bring your positive, ‘can do’, attitude with you to the office and mentor those coming up in the company to be the best they can be for the business.

Workplace Strengths & Weaknesses

By Leyla Norman, eHow Contributor

Sales Team Leveraging Strengths

Make the effort to grow your workplace strengths and to turn your weaknesses into strengths. Developing a strong workplace personality with positive characteristics takes time and deliberate effort. Use every opportunity to turn what you do well into something you do better.

Help

  • Use your strengths in the workplace to help others. If you have a good work ethic or are a good problem solver, for example, show up to work 10 minutes early to help set up the restaurant or office you work in for the day. Stay another 10 minutes after your shift ends (if allowed by company policy) to help a co-worker with some work or a problem he has to solve. To develop your ability to help others, look for an opportunity to be of service to someone. Ask the person politely if they would like help before you jump in to assist them, however. Do this at least once per shift to get better at it.

Attitude

  • Attitude plays an important role in whether we enjoy our jobs or not. It also affects how our co-workers feel during their work day. It is definitely more pleasant to be around those who are happy than it is to be around those who are constantly negative. If you generally have a good work attitude, share it with others. Smile as often as possible, and spread your good cheer by offering encouraging words. Build a good attitude by avoiding complaining about things on the job or specific people at work. When you are tempted to do so, keep your mouth closed. When you next open it, make it a point to say something positive, even if it is commenting on the weather in a positive way or asking someone if they have had a good day. Others will appreciate your efforts.

Communication

  • Good communication is vital in any workplace. Whether you tell an incoming assistant teacher how things went with the preschool classroom you help with in the morning, write an email to your boss about a problem you are facing or communicate orally with a client over the phone about a project your company is doing, communication is an extremely important part of your success on the job. Develop your ability to communicate by talking more openly with your supervisors about both good and bad things that happen at work, reviewing emails carefully for respectful tone and conciseness before you send them or by taking and delivering accurate messages when you take phone calls for others at work. Each opportunity to talk with someone at work is a chance to improve your communication skills.

Self-Motivation

  • Successful employees look for something to do when there is nothing to do. If you are naturally self-motivated, you would be leading by example, without words but with plenty of action. You are looking for productive ways to fill empty time at work, perhaps filling out your schedule for the next day or calling customers to see if they need anything. You work to manage your time well and prioritize your tasks according to the most pressing. If you need to develop this skill, start by asking your supervisor if there is anything else you can do when your work is finished. Look around you to see what tasks need to be completed that have not been done yet.