Cheers in other languages

How to say ‘cheers’ in 50 other languages

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When you can say cheers in other languages, you'll quickly make friends no matter where you go. Here's how to say cheers in 50 other 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 traveller should know.

So raise your glass to the Matador editors, to the tourism bureaus, and to the hostels around the world that helped me put together our collection of how to say 'cheers!' in 50 languages.

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.

How to say cheers in other languages


LanguageSpellingPhonetic 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


LanguageSpellingPhonetic 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
Icelandic Skál Sk-owl
Irish Gaelic Sláinte Slawn-cha
Italian Salute / Cin cin Saw-lutay / Chin chin
Japanese 乾杯
Kanpai (Dry the glass)
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


LanguageSpellingPhonetic 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


Know how to say 'cheers' in a language that’s not on the list? Please leave a comment below! 

Kristin Conard / Reprinted with permission of Matador Network.

Kristin Conard

As a child, Kristin wanted to be a librarian, because she thought that the librarian was the one who got to write all the books in the library.



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2 Comments To This Article

  • Richard posted:

    on 23rd April 2018, 13:54:04 - Reply

    Why none of the Indian sub-continent languages ? I am more likely to speak to someone who understands Urdu, Hindi or Bengali etc. than 90% of the above - maybe they do not 'clink glasses' ?
  • Anita posted:

    on 28th August 2017, 17:22:30 - Reply

    It's funny. But very informative