20 Ways to say Cheers!
A celebration wouldn’t be the same without one merry wish: cheers!
First recorded as “”makien cheres” in 1225 AD, the phrase evolved to “what chere be with you?” in the 14th century which was a common greeting in England. Eventually, ‘chere’ began to mean good humor. In 1919, the phrase was first written as the “cheers” we know today. With wedding season in full swing you never know where you'll find yourself!
So, wherever you may be in the world, here is a guide on how to say ‘Cheers’ in 20 different languages, while the image above shows you how to say ‘Beer’ when travelling around Europe.
Afrikaans: Gesondheid Pronounced: Ge-sund-hate Meaning: Health
Chinese (Mandarin):干杯 / gān bēi Pronounced: Gan bay Meaning: Cheers
Czech: Na zdravi Pronounced: Naz-drah vi Meaning: Cheers
Dutch: Proost Pronounced: Prohst Meaning: Cheers
French: Santé! / À votre santé! Pronounced: Sahn-tay / Ah la vo-tre sahn-tay Meaning: To your health
German: Prost / Zum wohl Pronounced: Prohst / Tsum vohl Meaning: Cheers/ to your health
Greek: ΥΓΕΙΑ Pronounced: Yamas Meaning: Health
Irish Gaelic: Sláinte Pronounced: Slawn-cha Meaning: Health
Italian: Salute / Cin cin Pronounced: Saw-lutay / Chin chin Meaning: Health/ cheers
Japanese: 乾杯/ Kanpai Pronounced: Kan-pie Meaning: Cheers/ Empty the glass
Korean: 건배 Pronounced: Gun bae Meaning: Cheers/ toast
Lithuanian: į sveikatą Pronounced: Ee sweh-kata Meaning: To your health
Moldovan: Noroc Pronounced: No-rock Meaning: Luck
Polish: Na zdrowie Pronounced: Naz-droh-vee-ay Meaning: To your health
Portugese: Saúde Pronounced: Saw-OO-de Meaning: Health
Russian: Будем здоровы/ На здоровье Pronounced: Budem zdorovi/ Na zdorovie Meaning: To your health (It is interesting to note that most Russians rarely use this expression, and the above is used more by foreigners. Russians will change their wishes based on the person and celebration.)
Spanish: Salud Pronounced: Sah-lud Meaning: Health
Swedish: Skål Pronounced: Skawl Meaning: Cheers (and don’t forget to look everyone in the eye!)
Welsh: Iechyd da Pronounced: Yeh-chid dah Meaning: Good health
Yiddish: Sei gesund Pronounced: Say geh-sund Meaning: Be healthy