How To Say ‘Cheers’ Anywhere In The World. Like Sláinte, “Cheers” in Ireland.
After a long journey or a great day, there’s nothing better than the moment you hear the magic words: cheers. Glasses clink, life is instantly better, whatever is in the glass. Ahhhh.
But to be a true master traveler, you need to say the magic word like a local, and perhaps with a little accent added for effect. After all, you don’t want to insult the local customs, do you? Here’s how to say “cheers” in 26 languages – which should instantly make you more interesting, wherever you are.
Pronunciation – Ge-sund-hate
في صحتك / Fi sihtik
Pronunciation – Fe sahetek
Pronunciation – Naz-dra-vey
干杯 / Gān bēi
Pronunciation – Gan bay
Pronunciation – Skoal
Pronunciation – Prohst
Pronunciation – Kip-piss
Pronunciation – Sahn-tay
Prost / Zum wohl
Pronunciation – Prohst / Tsum vohl
Pronunciation – Yamas
Pronunciation – Okole maluna
Pronunciation – Sk-owl
Salute / Cin cin
Pronunciation – Saw-lutay / Chin chin
乾杯 / Kanpai
Pronunciation – Kan-pie
건배 / Geonbae
Pronunciation – Gun-bae
Pronunciation – Skawl
Pronunciation – Saw-oo-de
Pronunciation – Naz-droh-vee-ay
Будем здоровы/ На здоровье
Pronunciation – Budem zdorovi/ Na zdorovie
Pronunciation – Zhee-ve-lee
Pronunciation – Sah-lud
Pronunciation – Skawl
Pronunciation – Sher-i-feh
Dô / Vô / Một hai ba, yo (one, two, three, yo)
Pronunciation – Jou / Dzo / Moat hi bah, yo
Pronunciation – Yeh-chid dah
Pronunciation – Say geh-sund
The best thing about these languages is that some are spoken in more than 20 countries! By focusing on these 26 languages, you’ll be able to clink with happiness in more than 75 countries around the world. If there’s one thing that’s true about drinking: it always tastes better abroad. Use this handy link, which tells you where each language is spoken around the world. You’ll be ready for a drink anywhere you go.
I was drinking with friends in Puerto Vallarta when a woman went to the bar, asked the bartender a question, then came back, raised her glass, and said “Escuela!” with a big smile. Everyone was completely puzzled. After a couple of seconds I worked out what had happened and burst out laughing. (Stop reading here if you want to figure it out for yourself ….) She had asked the bartender “How do you say ‘skål’ in Spanish?” and he had heard “school”.
Another time I was with colleagues on a business trip to Japan when an Italian colleague toasted the Japanese side saying “Cin-cin!” The Japanese side were dumbstruck. Finally one of them asked “Why did you say ‘little boy’s penis’?” (“Chin” is Japanese slang for “penis”, and reduplicating it makes it cute.)
In persian we say “Salamati” or “noosh”
Please put this old language inside your page
On holiday in Greece, a Rep thought it would be “funny” when asked how to say cheers in Greek , he gave me a very rude word. I honestly didn’t know, the looks from the locals told me something was wrong! He got the sack. Thankfully those lovely people didn’t think bad of me. And 20 + years later I am still going back!
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