"Good luck" is a common expression used in daily life. When it comes to the Chinese expression of “good luck”, most of you may only know the word “好运(hǎoyùn)”, and some of you may not know it. In fact, there are many more advanced Chinese expressions of “good luck”. Here we’ve compiled eight different ways to express good luck in Chinese. Learn to use them and you will make a deep impression on your Chinese friends.
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1. 祝你好运(Zhù nǐ hǎoyùn)
"好运" is the standard translation of good luck in Chinese. So when we wish someone good luck, we usually say "祝你好运". Here "祝你" literally means "I wish you" or "to you" and it can be used together with all the blessing words mentioned in this article. Sometimes we also say good luck as "鸿运(hóng yùn)". Here are some examples:
Good luck to you in the new year.
I'm a little nervous about going to the speech contest.
Don't be nervous. Believe in yourself. Good luck.
Good luck to you. Good luck to the earth.
2. 一路顺风(Yīlù shùnfēng)
顺风(shùnfēng) means downwind, indicating that things go well and there is no hindrance. It is often used together with other words to express good luck in Chinese. "一路顺风" is used to extend good wishes to people travelling long distances and to express the hope that he or she will have a safe journey. There is also another expression with the same meaning, "一路平安(Yīlù píng’ān, bon voyage)". Here are some example dialogues.
I'll return home in two days.
I hope you have a nice trip back.
I should go to the check-in counter. Thanks for taking me to the airport.
You're welcome. Good bye and have a good trip.
"一帆风顺" literally means that the ship sails downwind under full sail. Like "一路顺风", "一帆风顺" also indicates that something goes well without hindrance. But it can be used not only to express good wishes for people who leave home and go far away, but also to express good wishes for the future with work, relationship and more.
I hope the development of this project can be smooth sailing.
I hope your trip is smooth.
I wish you every success in the future.
"一切安好" consists of two phrases "一切" and "安好". "一切" means everything or all, and "安好" indicates safe and sound or well. Being safe and healthy is also a kind of good luck in Chinese people's eyes. "一切安好" is the most simple and sincere blessing, which is generally used between family members, loved ones or good friends.
I don't ask you to be rich. I just want you to be safe and sound.
Dear friend, I hope everything is okay with you.
My greatest happiness is that you are safe and sound.
"顺利" is another common Chinese word for luck. It has the same meaning as "顺风". "一切顺利" indicates everything goes well.
Wish everything goes well for you/All the best to you.
That mother had a good birth. She and her daughter are both sound.
I hope your work goes well and you get promoted quickly.
“万事如意” is an idiom used to wish people good luck in Chinese. “如意” means as one wishes. So the whole idiom can be translated into “everything goes as you wish” in English. It is usually used as a New Year’s greeting.
In the new year, I wish you all good health and all the best!
“马到成功” originally means to win battles as soon as the horses arrived, indicating that success is quick and smooth, and it can be translated into “achieve instant success; gain an immediate victory”. It is often used as a blessing for good luck in Chinese.
You have a very collaborative team, and success will be yours for the asking.
This task is yours now. I wish you instant success.
To succeed, you need to have a good plan.
8. 心想事成(Xīnxiǎng shìchéng)
“心想事成” means whatever you want in your heart can be achieved successfully. It is similar to “万事如意”.
May all your wishes come true in the new year!
Have you ever seen the movie It’s a Wonderful Life?
You’re so happy. It looks like you got what you wanted.
These are eight expressions for good luck in Chinese. They are not that difficult. Try wishing your friends good luck with these words so that you can master them before you know it. If you have any questions or suggestions for us, please leave them in the comments.