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Modern Manners Tutorial II: “International Cheat Sheet”- How to Say “Cheers” in 50 Languages via [MatadorNights]


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How To Say “Cheers!” In 50 Languages

written by Lisa Lubin

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Photo above by tavallai

“Cheers!” is the most important word to learn
before you travel to a new country. With Matador’s definitive list,
you’ll be toasting new friends in no time.

The ancient Egyptians did it. The ancient Chinese
did it. And so did the Greeks.

People around the world have been getting drunk for thousands of
years. The act of ‘toasting’ and clinking glasses together has been
taking place for so long that the origins of the ritual are quite

There are many debated theories —the most popular being the noise of
‘clinking’ was to ward off evil spirits. Another tale claims that by
crashing glasses together, the libations in each glass would slosh into
the other person’s cup, proving that neither was poisoned.

Most commonly the toast translates to ‘good health,’ something we all
need after one too many shots.

Candy Is Dandy But liquor Is quicker.- Ogden Nash

When traveling, the act of sharing a libation with a local can help
foster international good will. Learning how to say “cheers!” in the
local language is important!

Here is an international “cheers!” cheat sheet for you to print out,
laminate, tuck into your passport, or copy to your cell phone. Enjoy!

Afrikaans : Gesondheid! : (Ge-sund-hide)

Albanian : Gëzuar! : (Géschuar)

Arabic (Egyptian) : في صحتكم! : (Fee-sa-ha-tak)

Armenian : Armenia : (Gen-ots-it)

Azerbaijani : Afiyët oslun! : (Afeeyet Ohs-lun)

Basque : On egin! : (On egín)

Photo by tatianasapateiro

Bosnian : Živjeli! : (Zhee-vi-lee)

Bulgarian : Наздраве! : (NAZ-dra-vey)

Chinese (Mandarin) : 乾杯! [干杯!] : (Gan BAY)

Chinese : (Cantonese) : (Gom bui)

Czech : Na zdravi : (NAZ-drah vi)

Croatian : Živjeli! : (ZHEE-vi-lee)

Danish : Skål! : (Skol)

Here’s to you and here’s to me, the best of
friends we’ll ever be, but if we ever disagree, to hell with you and
here’s to me


Dutch : Prosit! : (Prowst)

Photo by hzeller

English : Cheers! Bottoms up! Down the hatch! Here’s mud in your eye!

Esperanto : Je via sano! Toston! : (YEH VEE-ah SAH-no/Tóston)

Estonian : Terviseks! : (Ter-vi-seks)

Ethiopian (Amharic) : Letenachin : (L’-TAY-nah-chin)

Farsi : (Ba-sal-a-ma-TEE)

Finnish : Kippis! : (KEEP-us)

Drink is the feast of reason and the flow of
soul.–Alexander Pope

French : A Votre Sante! : (Ah Vot-ruh Sahn-tay)

Photo by fihu

Gaelic (Irish) : Sláinte! : (Slawn-che)

German : Prost! : (Prohst)

Greek : στην υγειά σας! : (Stin Eyiassou/Stin Eye-ee-yass-ooh)

Eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a
merry heart. —Ecclesiastes 9:10

Hawaiian : Okole Maluna! : (Å’kålè ma’luna)

Hebrew : לְחַיִּים!/L’Chaim! : (Le Chy-em)

Hungarian : Egeszsegere! : (Egg-esh Ay-ged-reh)

Italian : Salute! : Cin cin! (Salu-tay/Chin Chin)

Japanese : /Kampai! : (Kam-pie)

Payday came and with it beer. –Rudyard Kipling

Korean : 위하여 (Chukbae) : (Sheet seki yah)

Latvian : Prieka! : (Pree-eh-ka)

Lithuanian i : sveikata! : (Ee sweh-kata)

Luxembourgish : Prost! : (Prohst)

Maltese : Evviva! : (A-vee-va)

The problem with some people is that when they
aren’t drunk they’re sober. –William Butler Yeats

Mongolian : Эрүүл мэндийн төлөө! : (Erüül mehdiin tölöö)

Norwegian : Skål! : (Skoal)

Persian : به سلامتی! : (beh salamati)

Photo by janthemanson

Polish Na : zdrowie! : (Naz-droh-vee-ay)

Portuguese : Saúde! : (Sow-ooh-jee)

Romanian : Noroc! : (No-roak)

Russian : Будем здоровы! : (Boo-dem Zdo-ro-vee-eh)

Serbian : Ziveli! : (ZHEE-vi-lee)

Slovak : Na zdravie! : (Naz-drah-vee-ay)

Work is the curse of the drinking class. -Oscar

Spanish : ¡Salud!/Salut! : (Sah-lud/Sah-lute)

Swedish : Skål! : (Skol)

Thai : ไชโย! : (Chuc-dee)

Turkish : Şerefe! : (Sher-i-feh)

Vietnamese : Chúc sức khoẻ! : (chook-sa-koi-ah)

Yiddish : געזונטערהייט! Zei Gazunt! : (Zye GAH-zoont)

Zulu : Oogy wawa! : (oogee-wawa)

Undoubtedly you will be downing many more drinks in your lifetime –
and making many toasts to international friends. Cheers!

Know how to say “Cheers!” in a language that’s not on the list?
Please leave a comment below!

About the Author

Lisa Lubin

is a a three-time Emmy-award winning writer/producer who just
completed a solo journey round the world. Check out her homepage – llworldtour.com.

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