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.

Afrikaans

Gesondheid

Pronunciation – Ge-sund-hate

Arabic

في صحتك / Fi sihtik

Pronunciation – Fe sahetek

Bulgarian

Наздраве

Pronunciation – Naz-dra-vey

Chinese (Mandarin)

干杯 / Gān bēi

Pronunciation – Gan bay

Danish

Skål

Pronunciation – Skoal

Dutch

Proost

PronunciationProhst

Finnish

Kippis

Pronunciation – Kip-piss

French

Santé!

Pronunciation – Sahn-tay

 

German

Prost / Zum wohl

Pronunciation – Prohst / Tsum vohl

Greek

ΥΓΕΙΑ 

Pronunciation – Yamas

Hawaiian

Å’kålè ma’luna

Pronunciation – Okole maluna

Icelandic

Skál

Pronunciation – Sk-owl

Italian

Salute / Cin cin

Pronunciation – Saw-lutay / Chin chin

Japanese

乾杯 / Kanpai

Pronunciation – Kan-pie

Korean

건배 / Geonbae

Pronunciation – Gun-bae

Norwegian

Skål

Pronunciation – Skawl

Portuguese

Saúde

Pronunciation – Saw-oo-de

Polish

Na zdrowie

Pronunciation – Naz-droh-vee-ay

Russian

Будем здоровы/ На здоровье

Pronunciation – Budem zdorovi/ Na zdorovie

Serbian

Živeli

Pronunciation – Zhee-ve-lee

Spanish

Salud

Pronunciation – Sah-lud

Swedish

Skål

Pronunciation – Skawl

Turkish

Şerefe

Pronunciation – Sher-i-feh

Vietnamese

Dô / Vô / Một hai ba, yo (one, two, three, yo)

Pronunciation – Jou / Dzo / Moat hi bah, yo

Welsh 

Iechyd da

Pronunciation – Yeh-chid dah

Yiddish

Sei gesund

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.

Cheers to that…

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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  1. Two stories:

    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.)

  2. 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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