List of ways to say Cheers in different languages

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The following are examples of how to say cheers or offer a toast in various countries around the world

  • "Aish Karo" (Enjoy) (India)
  • "Аз жаргал хүсье" (Wish you happiness), (Mongolia)
  • "Ваше здоровье" (To health) (Russia)
  • "بصحتك" (To health) (Arabic and Arab)
  • "به سلامتی" (Beh Salamati) (Iran)
  • "Bottoms Up" (Tilt the glass up) (UK and Ireland)
  • "Budmo" (Shall we live forever) (Ukraine)
  • "Can ch?n / Can ly" (Vietnam)
  • "Cheers" (Thank you) (United Kingdom, United States, New Zealand and Australia)
  • "Chin Chin" (The sound made by the cups) (Argentina, United Kingdom and Portugal)
  • "Choc-tee" (Thailand)
  • "Ձեր կենացը՜" (To you) (Armenia)
  • "Eg?szs?gedre" (To good health) (Hungary)
  • "Eviva" (Maltese)
  • "Gei? mas" (Our health) (Greece)
  • "Gesondheid" (To good health) (South African Afrikaans)
  • "Gan Bei" (Dry the cup/glass) (China)
  • "На здравје" (To good health) (Republic of Macedonia)
  • "Na zdravlje" (To good health) & "?ivjeli" (To life) (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • "На здраве" (To good health) (Bulgaria)
  • "I sveikatą" (To health) (Lithuania)
  • "Iechyd Da" (Wales)
  • "Joy" (Bengal)
  • "Kanpai" (Japan)
  • "Kippis" (Finland)
  • "לחיים" (L'Chayim) (To life) (Israel and Jewish)
  • "Letenachin" (Ethiopia)
  • "Na zdrav?" (To health) (Czech Republic)
  • "Na zdravie" (To health) (Slovakia)
  • "Na zdrowie" (Poland)
  • "Na zdravje" (to your health) (Slovenia)
  • "Noroc" (Good luck) (Romania)
  • "Mabuhay" (Long life) (Philippines)
  • "Oogy wawa" (Zulu)
  • "Proost" (The Netherlands)
  • "Prost" (Germany and Austria) (latin "prosit" -- "may it be good, i.e., for you"
  • "Prost" (Germany and Austria exclusively at New Year: "Prosit Neujahr")
  • "Pura vida" (Costa Rica)
  • "Salahmatie" or "Be salahmatie" (Persian (Farsi), Iran)
  • "Sanda bashi" (Pakistan)
  • "Schol" (Flanders)
  • "Sk?l" (Iceland, Faroe Islands)
  • "Sk?l" (Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland)
  • "Sant?" (To health) (France and Qu?bec)
  • "Sl?inte" (Ireland and Scots Gaelic speaking places)
  • "Salute" or "Cin cin" (To health) (Italy)
  • "Sa?de" (Health) (Portugal, Brazil and Portuguese speaking places)
  • "Salud" or "Salut" (Health) (Spain and Spanish speaking places)
  • "건배" (Geonbae) or "위하여" (Wihayeo) (Korea)
  • "За вас" (To you) (Russia)
  • "Şerefe" (To honor) (Turkey)
  • "Salut" (Catalan)
  • "Saliq" (Azerbaijan)
  • "Sanon" (Esperanto)
  • "?ivjeli" (To life/health) (Croatia)
  • "Sǎnǎtate!" (To good health) (Romania)
  • "Terviseks" (For health) (Estonia)
  • "Topa" (To health) (Basque)
  • "Tsjoch" (Friesland)
  • "Priekā" (To joy/cheer) (Latvia)
  • "Будьмо" (Bud'mo) (Ukraine)
  • "Yeghes da" (Cornwall Cornish)
  • "Zivio Ziveli" (Let's live long) (Serbia)
  • "Zum Wohl" (Germany and Austria): "To (your) health"

Further information

A toast is someone or something in honor of which people usually have a drink, the drink or honor itself, or the act (pledge) of indicating that honor. For example, a person could be "the toast of the evening", for whom someone "proposes a toast" to congratulate and for whom a third person "toasts" in agreement. The toast as described here is rooted in Western culture, but certain cultures outside that sphere have their own traditions in which consuming a drink is connected with ideas of celebration and honor.  

The custom of touching glasses is often believed to have evolved from concerns about poisoning, since clinking glasses together would cause each drink to spill over into the others. This however is not true.

The word 'toast' became associated with the custom in the 17th century, based on a custom of flavoring drinks with spiced toast. The word originally referred to the lady in whose honor the drink was proposed, her name being seen as figuratively flavoring the drink.

The book International Handbook on Alcohol and Culture says the following: ? is probably a secular vestige of ancient sacrificial libations in which a sacred liquid was offered to the gods: blood or wine in exchange for a wish, a prayer summarized in the words ?long life!? or ?to your health!??


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