How to say “Cheers” is 40 Languages

Posted on April 20th, 2010

No matter where you go and what you drink, people everywhere appreciate a toast to good health and good cheer. Here’s a list of 40 different ways to say cheers from around the world. We’ve tried to verify these as much as possible but if you have any suggestions or corrections please let us know in the comments.

Afrikaans – Gesondheid!
Albanian – Gëzuar!
Arabic (Egyptian) – (fee saḥitkum) في صحتكم!
Bosnian –  Živjeli!
Bulgarian – Наздраве! (Nazdrave)
Chinese (Mandarin) – 乾杯! [干杯!] (gān bēi)
Croatian – Živjeli!
Czech – Na zdraví!
Danish – Skål!
Dutch – Prosit!
English – Cheers!
Estonian – Tervist!
Flemish – Santé!
Finnish – Kippis!
French – Santé!
Irish Gaelic – Sláinte!
Scottish Gaelic – Slàinte!
Georgian – Gaumarjos!
German –  Prost!
Greek – στην υγειά σας! (stin ighia’ sas)
Hawaiian – Okole Maluna!
Hebrew – L’ Chaim
Hindi – अच्छी सेहत! (acchī sehata)
Hungarian – Kedves egeszsegere!
Icelandic – Skál!
Indonesian – Pro!
Italian – Salute!
Japanese – 乾杯 (kanpai)
Korean – 건배 [乾杯] (geonbae)
Norwegian – Skål!
Persian/Farsi –  به سلامتی! (beh salamati)
Polish – Na zdrowie!
Portuguese – Saúde
Russian – Будем здоровы! (Budem zdorovy)
Spanish – ¡Salud!
Swedish –  Skål!
Turkish – Şerefe!
Vietnamese – Chúc sức khoẻ!
Welsh – Iechyd da!

  • qexwejbey

    Why are Bosnian and Croatian listed as separate languages but Serbian is not listed at all?

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  • Jazmin

    There is an app for the iPhone/iPad called Cheerslator which attempts to bring an audio dimension to this. Although they have fewer languages than this post, I really like the audio!

    I saw on Twitter that they’re running a contest to get more languages. Perhaps some of the commenters here that have offered suggestions could also contribute audio to make that app better?

  • Jae Athanasia

    Dutch is PROOST, pronounced with a kind of American long O, to rhyme with “roast”, but the way they might say it in Minnesota or Canada, as if it had a secret “u” sound hiding in it. Not “Prosit”, as far as I’ve ever heard.