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VIDEO: 28 Ways to Say "Cheers" Around the World

It’s probably the first word you learn in a new country (after, perhaps “could I have two beers”). In many languages it means “good health” or in some cases just “health” but can have other meanings such as chon “to crash against” in Thai. No matter how you say cheers, it is always said before taking a drink with friends.

We scoured the streets of London to find people from all over the world to teach us how to say this essential phrase in their native tongues. Bonus points for everyone who spoke more than one language!

 

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Here’s the list of languages from the video, along with how to pronounce them like a local.

How to say cheers in 28 languages

Language

Spelling

Phonetic

Albanian

Gëzuar

Geh-zoo-ah

Catalan

Salut

Sah-lut

Chamorro

Biba

Bih-bah

Danish

Skål

Skoal

Dutch

Proost

Prohst

English

Cheers

Cheers!

Estonian

Terviseks

Ter-vih-sex

Filipino

Tagay

Tah-gai

Finnish

Kippis

Kip-pis

Flemish

Schol

Skohl

French

Santé

Sahn-tay

German

Prost

Prohst

Greek

Γειά μας

Yamas

Irish

Sláinte

Slawn-cha

Italian

Salute

Sah-luteh

Korean

건배

Gun-bei

Latvian

Priekā

Pree-eh-ka

Lithuanian

į sveikatą

Ee sweh-kata

Mandarin

干杯

Gan-bay

Polish

Na zdrowie

Naz-droh-vee-ay

Romanian

Noroc

Nor-rock

Russian

На здоровье

Na-zdor-ovi-ah

Serbian

živeli

Zee-vel-ee

Sinhala

ඡය වේවා

Jai-ah vee-vah

Spanish

Salud

Sah-lud

Swedish

Skål

Skoal

Thai

ชน

Chon

Turkish

Şerefe

Sher-i-feh