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How to prepare for the holidays

С Новым годом!

Happy New Year! (New Year is the more important of the holidays so you’ll be saying this a lot more than Merry Christmas.)

С наступающим!

Lit: Congratulations on the forthcoming holiday! (You can use this about any holiday, not just New Year.)

С Рождеством! Merry Christmas! (Not forgetting that Russian Christmas isn’t until the 7th January.)

Со Старым Новым годом!

Happy Old New Year! (This one is 13th January according to the old Russian calendar. But really, any excuse for a holiday, right?)

Хороших праздников!

Happy holidays!

Buying a present

Я хочу купить тебе подарок. Что тебе нужно?

I want to get you a present. What do you need?

Что тебе хочется на Новый год? What do you want for New Year?

Что вам подарить? Ежедневник, календарь или вино? What can I give you? A diary, a calendar, or wine?

Посоветуй, пожалуйста, что можно подарить студенту на Новый Год? I need advice: what can I get a student for New Year?

Receiving a present

Спасибо огромное! Thank you so much!

Здорово, это то, что мне нужно! Great! That’s exactly what I need!

Мне очень нравится, спасибо! I really like it, thank you!

Откуда ты знал(а)? Я давно такое искал(а)!

How did you know? I’ve been looking for something like this for ages.

Inquiring after plans:

Что вы делаете на праздниках?

What are you doing for the holidays?

Где вы будете отмечать Новый год?

Where will you see the New Year in?

C кем вы будете отмечать Рождество?

Who will you celebrate Christmas with?

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