Drinking Toasts: How to Say Cheers in 35 Different Languages

Cheers in different languages

Raising a glass for a toast is a universal experience, but it comes in many different variations. In the United States and the United Kingdom, we say Cheers as a drinking toast. But each country has a different way to say cheers, spoken in their own language. Before you travel somewhere new, why not learn a few of these other ways to say cheers? We’ve compiled 35 of them in a fun infographic, so you always know how to say cheers in other languages.

Do you know how to say cheers in Italian? How about Spanish? Check out the infographic below to see all the ways you can use another word for cheers when drinking.

What Does Cheers Actually Mean?

Saying “cheers” and clinking glasses is one of those time-honored traditions that we do without thinking. You may be wondering why we do it in the first place.

The word or phrase used in different languages for “Cheers” has various translations, but they all carry the same meaning. We say “Cheers!” as we clink glasses before taking a drink as a form of salutation – a gesture, or toast, meaning “to health and happiness”.

While there is no definite proof of the origin of this phrase and gesture, it is said to have been an ancient tradition. The general consensus is that it began as a way of honoring someone, just as a toast still does, but that the ceremony of saying an elaborate toast turned into a shortened for of clicking glasses and wishing your fellow drinkers good cheer!

How to Say Cheers in 35 Different Languages

We’ve done a lot of traveling – perhaps you have too – and we’re always having to scramble to look up the translation for cheers as we grab our first beer or cocktail in a different country. Sure, we could just say “cheers” and no one would care, but it’s more fun to join the others and say it like you mean it.

For your convenience (and ours), we’ve put together this fun infographic with the phrase you should use to say cheers in 35 different countries. Notice that many countries say it the same way. Cheers in Spanish is Salud and cheers in Italian can be said Salute. Skål, meaning health, is used in at least four different countries.

Armenia

Genatzt
Pronunciation: Guh knats

China

Gān Bēi
Pronunciation: Gan bay

Czech Republic

Na zdraví
Pronunciation: Naz-dravi

Denmark

Skál
Pronunciation: Sk-awl

Egypt

في صحتكم! Fe sahetekum<
Pronunciation: Fee sah ha ti koom

England

Cheers!

Estonia

Terviseks
Pronunciation: Ter vee sex

France

Santé
Pronunciation: San tay

Georgia

Gaumarjos
Pronunciation: Goo mar jōs

Germany

Prost

Greece

Yamas

Guam

Biba
Pronunciation: Bee ba

Holland

Proost

Iceland

Skál
Pronunciation: Sk-awl

Ireland

Slánte
Pronunciation: Slant sha

Italy

Salute / Cin cin
Pronunciation: Sah-lutay / Chin chin

Israel

L’chaim
Pronunciation: L-high-m

Japan

乾杯 / Kanpai
Pronunciation: Kan-pie

Korea

건배 / Geonbae
Pronunciation: Gun-bae

Lithuania

I sveikata
Pronunciation: Ee sway-kata

Norway

Skál
Pronunciation: Sk-awl

Philippines

Mabuhay
Pronunciation: Ma-boo-hay

Portugal

Saúde
Pronunciation: Saw-oo-de

Poland

Na zdrowie
Pronunciation – Naz-droh-vee-ay

Romania

Noroc
Pronunciation: No-rock

Russia

Будем здоровы/ На здоровье
Pronunciation – Budem zdorovi/ Na zdorovie

Serbia

Živeli
Pronunciation – Zhee-va-lee

Slovakia

Na zdravie
Pronunciation: naz-draw-vee

Slovenia

Na zdrave
Pronunciation: naz-draw-vee

Spain

Salud
Pronunciation – Sah-lud

Sweden

Skål
Pronunciation – Skawl

Thailand

Chok dee

Turkey

Şerefe
Pronunciation – Sher-i-feh

Ukraine

будьмо
Pronunciation: Bood-mo

Vietnam

Dô / Vô / Một hai ba, yo (one, two, three, yo)
Pronunciation – Jou / Dzo / Moat hi bah, yo

Wales

Iechyd da
Pronunciation – Yeh-chid dah

How to Say Cheers in Many Languages (Infographic)

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