How to Say “Cheers” In 33 Different Languages

How to Say “Cheers” In 33 Different Languages

Cheers! Health! To Your Health! Good Luck!

No matter how you say it, there’s a universal language when it comes to beer and it involves clinking your glasses together and having a nice big gulp.

While you can usually communicate with other’s who speak a different language simply by raising your glass to the air and giving a slight eyebrow raise, half the fun is attempting to pronounce the common ‘Cheers’ in their native tongue. And let’s be honest, while half the time you might pronounce it wrong, most of you won’t even notice after a few glasses of high-percentage beer.

So, no matter which brewery or local pub you go to, no matter where you are in the world, use these words and pronunciations to say cheers to your fellow beer drinkers!

Afrikaans

Gesondheid

Pronounced: “Ge-sund-hate”

Arabic

Fi sihtik

Pronounced: “Fe sahetek”

Bulgarian

Наздраве

Pronounced: “Naz-dra-vey”

Czech

Na zdravi

Pronounced: “Naz-drah vi”

Danish

Skål

Pronounced: “Skoal”

Dutch

Proost

Pronounced: “Prohst”

English

Cheers

Pronounced: “Cheers”

Finnish

Kippis

Pronounced: “Kip-piss”

French

Santé!

Pronounced: “Sahn-tay”

German

Prost / Zum wohl

Pronounced: “Prohst / Tsum vohl”

Greek

ΥΓΕΙΑ

Pronounced: “Yamas”

Hawaiian

Å’kålè ma’luna

Pronounced: “Okole maluna”

Hungarian

Egészségedre

Pronounced: “egg-esh ay-ged-reh”

Icelandic

Skál

Pronounced: “Sk-owl”

Irish Gaelic

Sláinte

Pronounced: “Slawn-cha”

Italian

Salute / Cin cin

Pronounced: “Saw-lutay / Chin chin”

Japanese

Kanpai

Pronounced: “Kan-pie”

Lithuanian

į sveikatą

Pronounced: “Ee sweh-kata”

Korean

Geonbae

Pronounced: “Gun-bae”

Mandarin

Gān bēi

Pronounced: “Gan bay”

Moldovan

Noroc

Pronounced: “No-rock”

Norwegian

Skål

Pronounced: “Skawl”

Polish

Na zdrowie

Pronounced: “Naz-droh-vee-ay”

Portuguese

Saúde

Pronounced: “Saw-oo-de”

Russian

Будем здоровы/ На здоровье

Pronounced: “Budem zdorovi/ Na zdorovie”

Serbian

Živeli

Pronounced: “Zhee-ve-lee”

Spanish

Salud

Pronounced: “Sah-lud”

Swedish

Skål

Pronounced: “Skawl”

Tagalog

Mabuhay

Pronounced: “mah-boo-hay”

Thai

Chokh dī

Pronounced: “chok dee”

Turkish

Şerefe

Pronounced: “Sher-i-feh”

Welsh

Iechyd da

Pronounced: “Yeh-chid dah”

Yiddish

Sei gesund

Pronounced: “Say geh-sund”

Ready to “Cheers” Your Fellow Drinkers?

While this list covers many of the most common languages of the world, there’s quite a few more out there that have their own way to say “cheers”.

Do you know one of them?

Leave a comment below with the language and how you/they say “cheers” and Beer Is OK will add it to the list.

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