How to Say “Cheers!” in 50 Languages

When traveling the world, no matter where you may be there are certain phrases you just need to know. In my book, “Cheers” is definitely one of them. Drinking and celebrations are a language that is universal. People use it on all social scales and it’s what defines a start to a good time.

Language Spelling Phonetic Pronunciation
Afrikaans Gesondheid Ge-sund-hate
Albanian Gëzuar Geh-zoo-ah
Arabic (Egypt) فى صحتك: (literally “good luck”) Fe sahetek
Armenian (Western) Կէնաձդ Genatzt
Azerbaijani Nuş olsun Nush ohlsun
Bosnian Živjeli Zhee-vi-lee
Bulgarian Наздраве Naz-dra-vey
Burmese Aung myin par say Au-ng my-in par say
Catalan Salut Sah-lut
Chamorro (Guam) Biba Bih-bah
Chinese (Mandarin) 干杯
gān bēi
Gan bay
Croatian Živjeli /
Nazdravlje
Zhee-ve-lee /
Naz-dra-vlee
Czech Na zdravi Naz-drah vi
Danish Skål Skoal
Dutch Proost Prohst
Estonian Terviseks Ter-vih-sex
cheers

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Language Spelling Phonetic Pronunciation
Filipino/Tagalog Mabuhay Mah-boo-hay
Finnish Kippis Kip-piss
French Santé /
A la votre
Sahn-tay /
Ah la vo-tre
Galician Salud Saw-lood
German Prost /
Zum wohl
Prohst /
Tsum vohl
Greek ΥΓΕΙΑ Yamas
Hawaiian Å’kålè ma’luna Okole maluna
Hebrew לחיים L’chaim
Hungarian Egészségedre (to your health) /
Fenékig (until the bottom of the glass)
Egg-esh ay-ged-reh /
Fehn-eh-keg
Icelandic Skál Sk-owl
Irish Gaelic Sláinte Slawn-cha
Italian Salute /
Cin cin
Saw-lutay /
Chin chin
Japanese 乾杯
Kanpai (Dry the glass)
Kan-pie
Korean 건배 Gun bae
Latvian Priekā /
Prosit
Pree-eh-ka /
Proh-sit
Lithuanian į sveikatą Ee sweh-kata
Macedonian На здравје Na zdravye
Mongolian Эрүүл мэндийн төлөө /
Tulgatsgaaya
ErUHl mehdiin toloo /
Tul-gats-gAH-ya
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Language Spelling Phonetic Pronunciation
Norwegian Skål Skawl
Polish Na zdrowie Naz-droh-vee-ay
Portuguese Saúde Saw-OO-de
Romanian Noroc /
Sanatate
No-rock /
Sahn-atate
Russian Будем здоровы/
На здоровье
Budem zdorovi/
Na zdorovie
Serbian živeli Zhee-ve-lee
Slovak Na zdravie Naz-drah-vee-ay
Slovenian Na zdravje (literally “on health”) Naz-drah-vee
Spanish Salud Sah-lud
Swedish Skål Skawl
Thai Chok dee Chok dee
Turkish Şerefe Sher-i-feh
Ukranian будьмо Boodmo
Vietnamese Dô /
Vô /
Một hai ba, yo (one, two, three, yo)
Jou /
/ Dzo
Moat hi bah, yo
Welsh Iechyd da Yeh-chid dah
Yiddish Sei gesund Say geh-sund

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