How to Say Cheers in 30 Languages

CHEERS! Here’s to you! Bottom’s up! The clinking of glasses can help cement friendships and celebrate new ones — it’s an expression of goodwill and one that every traveler should know. So raise your glass to the people you meet at airports, hostels around the world, tourist kiosk volunteers, tour bus guides of the world and the weird but lovely couple you met while backpacking who helped me get on the last boat to Brodarica for helping put together this collection of how to say “Cheers!” in 30 languages.

Language

Spelling

Phonetic Pronunciation

Afrikaans

Gesondheid

Ge-sund-hate

Arabic (Egypt)

فى صحتك: (literally “good luck”)

Fe sahetek

Bulgarian

Наздраве

Naz-dra-vey

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

Filipino/Tagalog

Mabuhay

Mah-boo-hay

Finnish

Kippis

Kip-piss

French

Santé /
A la votre

Sahn-tay /
Ah la vo-tre

German

Prost /
Zum wohl

Prohst /
Tsum vohl

Greek

ΥΓΕΙΑ

Yamas

Hawaiian

Å’kålè ma’luna

Okole maluna

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

Norwegian

Skål

Skawl

Polish

Na zdrowie

Naz-droh-vee-ay

Portuguese

Saúde

Saw-OO-de

Russian

Будем здоровы/
На здоровье

Budem zdorovi/
Na zdorovie

Slovak

Na zdravie

Naz-drah-vee-ay

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

* Remember to use these responsibly — in some countries, drinking is illegal. There may also be some regional and formality variations in pronunciation, but these should get the job done!
*Know how to say “Cheers!” in a language that’s not on the list? Please leave me a comment below.

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