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Old January 26th, 2009, 04:43   #16
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我吃猴子球吐司早餐
哈哈哈哈...恭喜發財,牛年快樂! some Taiwanese here GONG HI FA CHAI XIN NI KUA LO!
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Old January 26th, 2009, 04:51   #17
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thx for all of ASC staff and members~hope all things will be better than 2008! 恭喜發財!身體健康!萬事如意!
不抛弃,不放弃!!
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Old January 26th, 2009, 08:21   #18
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happy chinese new years!!!! =D

stupid computers at school wont let me type chinese....
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Old January 26th, 2009, 09:31   #19
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Since you linked it from wiki:

simplified Chinese: 恭喜发财; traditional Chinese: 恭喜發財; pinyin: Gōngxǐ fāci; Hokkien: Keong hee huat chye (POJ: Kiong-h hoat-chi); Cantonese: Gung1 hei2 faat3 coi4; Hakka: Gong hei fat choi, which loosely translates to "Congratulations and be prosperous". Often mistakenly assumed to be synonymous with "Happy new year", its usage dates back several centuries. While the first two words of this phrase had a much longer historical significance (legend has it that the congratulatory messages were traded for surviving the ravaging beast of Nian, although in practical terms it may also involve surviving the harsh winter conditions), the last two words were added later as ideas of capitalism and consumerism became more significant in Chinese societies around the world. The saying is now commonly heard in English speaking communities for greetings during Chinese New Year in parts of the world where there is a sizable Chinese-speaking community, including overseas Chinese communities that have been resident for several generations, relatively recent immigrants from Greater China, and those who are transit migrants (particularly students).


San Nin Faai Lok!!
Well, actually, the usual phrase "Gong hei fat choi", often used to mean "Happy New Year", directly translated means: Gong hei = Happy, fat choi = fortune/strike it rich. So, Happy Fortune/Strike It Rich is not exactly the same meaning contained in Happy New Year from a philosophical standpoint.

For those of us, myself especially, who do not worship the all mighty dollar, this meaning is not the one that inspires me at the start of a new year.

On the other hand, San Nin Faai Lok is a direct transaltion of Happy New Year, though. Where San = New, Nin = Year, and Fai Lok = Happy/Contentment.

So, for those of us with a more philosophical outlook on life, where money is not the be all and end all, this phrase is more appropriate.

I hope I have clearified some of the terms and philosophical meanings behind these phrases.
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Old January 26th, 2009, 22:23   #20
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我吃猴子球吐司早餐
And you don't get some sort of stomach problem?lol
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Old January 26th, 2009, 22:44   #21
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And you don't get some sort of stomach problem?lol
Nope, the fiber from the toast makes them come out smooth.
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Old January 27th, 2009, 01:45   #22
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不抛弃,不放弃!!
很好的signature~
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haha~thx man~cause we Love and play PLA!:banghead:
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Old January 27th, 2009, 12:31   #23
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Happy 牛 Year!...it's only funny in mandarin. yay puns!
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Old January 29th, 2009, 21:58   #24
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I tried to get time and half at work and he said good luck collecting on that one.
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Old February 7th, 2009, 09:54   #25
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Hey, Happy Chinese New Year. Even though we westerners celebrated the Gregorian New Year just 25 days ago, I'm up for any excuse to party. Sadly I can't get the time paid off from work.

May the year of the Ox be a good one.

Some sites
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_New_Year
http://www.theschoolbell.com/Links/C...indow_dec.html
http://www.chiff.com/home_life/holid...e-new-year.htm

More on Google.

Thanks Lisa!

Ox has another meaning "strong" in Chinese too,so wish Airsoftcanada and everyone in airsoftcanada an OX year in 2009!
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Old February 10th, 2009, 00:22   #26
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Yesterday Chinese year had ended. Happy Chinese new year to all!
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