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Say 'Cheers' In 16 Different Languages During This New Year's Eve!

Cheers In Different Languages

The Internet has shrunk our world. So, this New Year, let's celebrate the diverse cultures spread across the world. When you raise your glass for a toast, apart from saying a jubilant 'cheers', use phrases that mean the same from different countries. And teach them to your guests. You can even make a game out of it. Below are terms used to toast in 16 different languages!

1. Italian: Cin! Cin!

Italians raise a toast with 'Cin! Cin!', which conveys the sound of glasses clinking when you cheer. It is commonly said during festive occasions and has similar undertones like 'salute' or 'to your health' which are used in Western European countries. 'Cin! Cin!' is pronounced as Cheen Cheen and means 'cheers'.

2. Irish Gaelic: Sláinte!

Ireland, also a Western European country, uses the term 'Sláinte!'. It means 'to your health'. Another common phrase used while toasting is “sláinte is táinte which can be roughly translated to 'health and wealth'. The word 'Sláinte!' is pronounced as SLAHN-juh

3. Turkish: Şerefe!

Turkey has a lot of words and phrases that can be used to raise a toast. The most common and the easiest to pronounce is 'Serefe!' which means 'cheers'. 'Serefe!' is pronounced 'cheh-reh-FEH'

Cheers In Different Languages

4. Japanese: Kanpai!

In East Asia, while raising a toast, one cheers saying 'empty cup'. Japan's often-used term during a sake toast is 'kanpai' which means 'empty the glass' or 'dry cup' or can even convey 'cheers'. 'Kanpai' is pronounced as 'Kan-pie'. Also, the word isn't just a celebratory term, it is a respected pre-drinking ritual.

5. Spanish: Salud!

It is widely known that Spanish-speaking nations say 'Salud' during toasts. But the saying is not just reserved for toasts or pre-drinking rituals. 'Salud' means health. Hence the term is often used to convey good wishes for health and prosperity. You are quite likely to hear it if you sneeze.'

6. German: Prost!

If you have been to Oktoberfest, then you must have heard people say 'Proust' out loud several times. It is the most popular way to toast in German-speaking countries. Consider it a mandatory toast before gulping down a beer. 'Prost' is pronounced as 'Prohst'.

Cheers In Different Languages

7. French: Santé! / À votre santé!

In France, to cheer before a drink, raise your glass and say 'Santé!'. 'Santé!' means health. Another phrase, 'À votre santé' is also commonly used, especially in formal and informal settings. It is also more polite and means 'to your health'. 'Santé!' is pronounced as 'Sahn-tay' and 'À votre santé' as 'Ah vo-tre sahn-tay'

8. Portuguese: Saúde!

Just like many West European countries, the Portuguese also raise their glasses to good health. They say 'Saúde' which means health. The same term is used in Brazil where Portuguese is spoken. Remember to say 'Saúde' before you drink up a cachaça in Brazil. 'Saúde' is pronounced as Saw-OO-de

9. Korean: Geonbae!

Like Japan, Korea too raises a toast to say empty the glass or bottoms up. The term is called 'Geonbae' and pronounced as 'Gun-bae'. Though the word means empty the glass, it is not necessary to actually drink all the content in your glass after toasting.

Cheers In Different Languages

10. Swedish: Skål!

In the Scandinavian country of Sweden, you raise a toast and say 'skål', which means cheers. 'Skål' is pronounced as 'Skawl'. The pre-drink toasting ritual is a bit elaborate in this country. You raise your glass and say 'skål', you also need to have eye contact with everyone, before and after you take a drink. This is a part of Swedish social etiquette.

11. Afrikaans: Gesondheid!

In South Africa, where Afrikaans is commonly spoken, the word for cheers is 'Gesondheid', which we agree, sounds a lot like the German 'gesundheit'. This is because Afrikaans language has Dutch roots. 'Gesondheid' means health and is pronounced as 'Ge-sund-hate'.

Cheers in Afrikaans

12. Chinese (Mandarin): Gānbēi!

Just like the Japanese and Korean terms, the Chinese term used during toasts also means 'dry cup'. It is called 'gānbēi' and pronounced as 'Gan-bay'.

13. Greek: Yamas!

When in Greece, toast like the Greeks! Just lift your glass and say 'Yamas'. Pronounced as 'Ya-Mas', the term means health. It follows the European tradition of toasting to good health and prosperity.

14. Polish: Na Zdrowie!

Poland has many phrases to raise your glass. The most common is 'Na zdrowie!' which means 'to health' or 'bless you'. It is pronounced as 'Nah zdrov-e-yay'.

Cheers In Different Languages

15. Filipino: Tagay

In Tagalog, one of the prominently spoken languages in the Philippines, there is no word for 'cheers'. But there are phrases which mean 'drink up' or 'shot now'. 'Tagay' is the word for 'drink up' and 'shot na' means to tell someone to take a 'shot now'. In the Philippines, it is common for a group of people to pass one communal glass that they refill. The communal glass is also called 'tagay'. 'Tagay' is pronounced as 'Ta-gay'.

16. Thai: Chon Gâew

In Thailand, you raise your glass to 'chon gâew'. Chon means crash or knock against and 'gâew' means glass, so the phrase means clink glasses. The phrase is pronounced as 'chone gay-ew'.  Another term used, particularly during special occasions is 'chai-yoh'.

While it is good to learn about alcohol and its many traditions, it is important to remember that alcohol must be consumed moderately. Remember to serve and drink liquor responsibly. This will help in staying healthy and keeping you and your guests out of harm's way. If you know anyone who has difficulty in controlling their alcohol consumption, refer them to a professional immediately.