As the holidays approach and the year draws to an end, there is a lot to be thankful for, to celebrate and to look forward to in the year ahead. There are also a lot of toasts to be made and wine to be drunk!
And while toasting has quite a rich history, if you find the words escape you as you stand to offer your own toast in the coming days, you can refer to this cordial catalog of ways to say cheers from around the globe (and how to actually pronounce them). Depending on where your travels take you, you never know when they might come in handy.
With that, I’ll wish you cheers, santé, na zdravje and more!
Chinese: 乾杯 pronounced gahn-BAY
Danish: Skal pronounced SKOLE
Dutch: Proost pronounced PROHST
French: Santé pronounced sahn-TAY
Gaelic: Sláinte pronounced SLAHN-cha
German: Prost pronounced PROHST
Greek: ΥΓΕΙΑ pronounced YAHM-as
Hebrew: לחיים pronounced lah-KHAH-yeem
Italian: Cin cin prounounced CHEEN CHEEN
Japanese: 乾杯pronouced kahn-PIE
Korean: 건배pronounced gun-BAE
Norwegian: Skål pronounced SKAHL
Polish: Na zdrowie prounounced nahz-DROH-vee-ay
Portuguese: Saude pronounced Sah-OO-day
Russian: На здоровье pronounced nahz-DROH-vee-ay
Spanish: Salud pronounced sah-LOOD
Thai: โชคด pronounced chock-DEE
Turkish: Şerefe pronounced sheh-reh-FEH
No matter how you say it, though, I hope your holidays are merry and bright and that you all have a healthy, happy new year!