How to say cheers in 50 languages

When you next raise your glass and say “Cheers!” you can take pride in the fact that a toast to the health and prosperity of those near and dear was originally offered only to women.

‘A Toast’ – as in ‘the toast of the town’ – is a woman to whom the assembled men raise their glasses. The name comes from the toasted spiced bread that during the 17th Century in Britain was popularly floated in the brew and gave flavour to the drink.

However, the tradition of toasting has spread far and wide across the globe. So here’s how to say Cheers in 50 languages!

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

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

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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