How to Say (and Pronounce) 'Cheers' in 16 Different Languages

Posted by Sarah Bedrick on Feb 14, 2012 4:40:00 PM

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You don't have to be in another country or speak another language to enjoy a fun beer cheers toasting lighthearted toast or "cheers" with others. Toasting is a great way to celebrate and is an expression of goodwill. And, when done in the same language as a new friend or acquaintances, can signify respect. Learning to say "cheers" in another language is easy and below you'll find the most popular 16 different languages. 

Disclaimer: Some might not be direct translations like "L'chaim" in Hebrew (meaning "to life,") but that is the proper way to say "cheers." 

Chinese

Spelling: 乾杯  
Phonetic Pronunciation: Gan-bay (means "dry the glass)

Czech

Spelling: Na zdravi
Phonetic Pronunciation: Naz-drah-vi 

Danish 

Spelling: Skal
Phonetic Pronunciation: Skoal

Dutch

Spelling: Proost
Phonetic Pronunciation: Prohst 

French

Spelling: Santé
Phonetic Pronunciation: Sahn-tay

German

Spelling: Prost
Phonetic Pronunciation: Prohst

Greek

Spelling: ΥΓΕΙΑ
Phonetic Pronunciation: Yamas 

Hebrew:

Spelling: L'Chaim
Phonetic Pronounciation: La-hi-em 

Irish Gaelic

Spelling: Sláinte
Phonetic Pronunciation: Slawn-cha


Italian

Spelling: Salute or Cin Cin 
Phonetic Pronunciation: Saw-lutay

Japanese:

Spelling: 乾杯
Phonetic Pronunciation: Kan-pie (means "dry the glass)

Norwegian

Spelling: Skål
Phonetic Pronunciation: Skawl 

Portuguese

Spelling: Saude
Phonetic Pronunciation: Saw-OO-de 

Romanian

Spelling: Noroc
Phonetic Pronunciation: No-Rock

Spanish

Spelling: Salud
Phonetic Pronunciation: Sah-lood  

Thai

Spelling: Chok dee
Phonetic Pronunciation: Chock dee 

Vietnamese

Spelling: Dô
Phonetic Pronunciation: Yo or Jou 

Yiddish

Spelling: Sei gesund
Phonetic Pronunciation: Say geh-sund 

 

These are just 16 different languages. Do you know how to say "cheers" or toast in another language? Share it in the comment section below