You multilingual, winer, you!

by Elizabeth The Hippy Winer

Want to show off your multilingual skills? Here are a few ways to say “Cheers” in languages from around the world.

I need a little help with some – if you know it, or want to offer a correction, please reply with a comment.

My favorite:  Oogy wawa!

Country Remark / explanation
Africa Kenya: Jambo, Afrikaans: Amandla
Argentina Salud or Salud y amor y tiempo para disfrutarlo
America Cheers, Wisconsin: Prost
Albanian Gëzuar / Gezuar, or Shëndeti tuaj
Arabic Fisehatak (to your health) / Shucram (United Arab Emirates)
Armenian Genatzt (or Genatset / Genatsoot (“Life”))
Asturian Gayola
Austrian / Austria Prosit – Prost
Azerbaijani Afiyæt oslun
Australia Cherio
Baluchi (Iran) Vashi
Basque On egin Topa
Belgian / Belgium Dutch speaking: Op uw gezondheid, French speaking: A Votre Sante
Bengali Joy
Bolivia Salud y amor y tiempo para disfrutarlo
Bosnian Zivjeli
Brazilian Saude, Viva (Spain, France) Topa
Breton Yec’hed mat
Bulgarian Na zdravje (to your health)
Canada Cheers
Caribbean Help a girl out here!!!
Catalan (Spain) Salut
Chile Salud or Salud y amor y tiempo para disfrutarlo
Chinese Nien Nien nu e. Kong Chien
Chinese Yung sing (“drink and win”), Cantonese: Gom bui (“dry the cup”), Chinese: Gan bei (“dry the cup”)
Colombia Salud, Salud y amor y tiempo para disfrutarlo
Cornish Yeghes da
Costa Rica Pura Vida
Creole Salud
Croatian Zivjeli
Czech Na zdraví (to your health)
Czechoslovakian Na Zdravi, Nazdar
Denmark / Danish / Dansk Skaal / Skål, Bunden i vejret eller resten i håret
Dominican Republic help???
Dutch (Netherlands, Belgium) Proost. Proost, Geluk, or Gezondheid, Dutch (Flemish) Proost Gezondheid (to your health) In pure dutch (netherlands) you should say, ‘gezondheid’ but more common is ‘proost’. Any othter expresion in any language can be and will be used. As long as we can drink it will be OK.
Egyptian Fee sihetak, Bisochtak
Esperanto Sanon
El Salvador help???
English Cheers Cheerio (UK) – Lets toast
Esperanto Je via sano (to your health)
Estonian Tervist
Ethiopia T’chen chen
Equador help???
Farsi Ba’sal’a’ma’ti
Faroese / Faeroese Skál
Finnish (Suomi), Finland Kippis, Maljanne, n malja!, Pohjanmaan kautta, Hölkyn kölkyn, Kippis Terveydeksi (formal) (to your health)
French / France A votre sante
Frisian Tsjoch (Netherlands)
Gaelic (Ireland) Sláinte (to your health)
Gaelic (Scotland) Slaandjivaa (to your health)
Galician (Spain) Saúde / Chinch?n / Sa?de
Georgian In a group of friends: Gaumardschoss; To a single person, i.e. not a group: Gagimardschoss
German Prost (beer), Zum Wohl, Auf uns! (To us!) or Auf Dich! (To you!).
Greek Eis Igian, Stin ijiasas, Jamas, Gia’sou
Greenlandic Kassutta (“Let our glasses meet”), Imeqatigiitta (“Let’s drink together”), Kasugta
Guatemala help???
Guyana Cheers
Hawaiian Okole malunam, Okole malune, Hipahipa
Hebrew L’chaim (“To life”), (Le’chaim)
Hindi Apki Lambi Umar Ke Liye
Holooe Kam-poe
Honduras help???
Hungarian Kedves egeszsegere
Icelandic Skál (Santanka nu)
Ido Ye vua saneso
Indian A la sature
Indonesia Pro
Interlingua A vostre sanitate (to your health)
Ireland Sláinte (to your health), Guid forder!
Israel L’Chaim! (To Life!)
Italian / Italy Cin cin (formal) Salute (informal)
Japan / Nippon Kampai / Campai
Japanese / Japan Kampai. Banzai, Japanese most used : Kampai
Jamaica help???
Kikuyu (Kenya) Rathima andu atene
Korean Chukbae, Kong gang ul wi ha yo, Konbe
Latvian Uz veselibu
Lebanese Kesak (sing.), Keskun (pl.)
Liechtenstein help???
Lithuanian i sveikata
Lithuanian buk sveikas
Luxembourg help???
Macedonian Na zdravje!
Malay help???
Malaysia Minum!
Maltese Cheers, Aviva (old fashioned)
Maori Kia Ora, Cheers
Mexican / Mexico Salud
Monaco help???
Morocco Saha wa’afiab
New Zealand Cheers
Nicaragua Salud
Norwegian (Nynorsk) Skal, Skål
Occitan help???
Pakistani Sanda bashi
Panama Salud
Paraguay Salud
Persian (Iran) (Be) salam ati (to your health) Nush (“Enjoy it, and let it be part of your body”)
Peru Salud
Philippines Mabuhay
Polish Na zdrowie, Vivat
Portuguese A sia saide
Portuguese Saude (to your health), Tchim-tchim, Saúde, Tim-tim (Brazil)
Puerto Rico Salud
Rhaeto-Romanic Viva
Romanian Noroc (“Good luck”)
Russian (CCCP) Na zdorovje (to your health)
Sesotho Nqa
Scotland Slainte Mhath! : The response is Slainte Mhor!
Scottish Slainte. Here’s tae ye
Serbian Zivio Ziveli – In Serbian, cheers is ‘Ziveli’, pronounced ‘zjee-ve-lee’, meaning ‘Let’s live long!’
Slovak (Slovakia) Na zdravie (to your health) / Stolicka!
Slovenian Na zdravje (to your health)
Somalian Auguryo
Spanish Salud, Chin chin
Spanish Latin American Salud y amor y tiempo para disfrutarlo
Sri Lanka (Sinhala) Seiradewa
Swahili Afya / Vifijo
Svenska / Swedish Skål – Skaal, Helan går
Swahili Maisha marefu – good life or cheers ( Afya! Vifijo! )
Switzerland / Swiss Cheers = Proscht, Zum Wohl, Gsundheit (the last two means to your health)
Tagalog Mabuhay (“Long life”)
Thai /Thailand Choc-tee
Turkish Serefe
Trinidad Cheers
Ukrainian Budmo!
United Arab Emirates (Arab) Shucram
United Kingdom Cheers
Urdu Djam
Uruguay Salud
Uyghur Hoshe (Cheers), Salametlikingiz ucun (For your health)
Venezuela Salud
Vietnamese Chia, Can chén (North V.N.), Can ly (South V.N.)
Welsh Iechyd da
Wales help???
Yiddish Mazel tov Lechaym (Lechaim)
Yugoslavian Ziveo / Ziveli
Zimbabwe help???
Zulu Oogy wawa (ooggywawa or oogywawa)

à votre santé
Elizabeth, the “Hippy Winer”

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Many thanks to Alternative Whisky Academy http://www.awa.dk/glosary/slainte.htmAWA – Alternative Whisky Academy is private, none-commercial, no-profit, non-selling.

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