How to Say “Cheers” In 33 Different Languages

5 Mar 2020 by Beer Is Ok | 2 min read

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    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.

    Beer Is OK writes about local breweries, bottle shops and venues in Perth and Country WA.

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