Several Ways to Say Cheers in Different Languages

We think the important part is having the beer, but the toast is also fun.

Raising a stein of beer after saying Prost!
Prost! | Photo Credit to Weihenstephaner Brewery

Lottttttttttta ways to say "drink". These toasts are best used when hoisting a few steins of beer with friends and family. Here are a few to use next time you do.

Cheers! (English)

Why not start here. Cheers is a great toast in the United States. It's also a good toast in the United Kingdom. We'd forgive you for the confusion in the U.K. though, given that "cheers" means everything over the pond.

It was also an amazing television show about a bar in Boston.

Prost! (German)

When you own the oldest brewery in the world, it's quite likely that you have a super popular toast, like Prost!

Like every culture, there are some rules involved when saying cheers. Here's one such example. It's fairly simple.

  1. Say Prost.
  2. Clink glasses (the bottom)
  3. Make Eye Contract
  4. Drink!

Sláinte! (Irish / Scottish Gaelic)

We've never been to Ireland, but we want to (bucket list). We definitely wonder how many times Sláinte gets said on St. Paddy's Day. Gotta be at least 13 million times, considering 13 million pints get poured on St. Patrick's Day.

Sláinte! has to be one of the least understood words that is said around America. You see it written on the glass of every Irish Pub, yet if you polled folks on the street, especially in a city such as Boston, you'd probably hear people pronounce it, "Slaint". Why? We don't know.

How do you respond to Slainte?

You could say Sláinte Agatsa.

Skål! | Skál! (Scandinavia)

Skål! or Skál! is pronounced "skol", or, "skole", if you're like us and enjoy the last e. It sees some prominent usage in the form of a chant at Minnesota Vikings games. The Vikings, for those who don't know, are a team in the National Football League. They have an official fight song and have a Skol Chant for scoring. And this is just the United States. It says nothing about Skål! used around the globe, specifically in the Scandinavian countries.

¡Salud! (Spanish)

¡Salud! always felt like one of the most casual drinking toasts.

Santé! (French)

Saun-tay. Or something like that.

Cin cin! (Italian)

Pronounced chin-chin, "cin cin" is an interesting toast considering the linguistic roots that Italian and Spanish share. One would think it would be closer to ¡Salud!

Gesondheid (Afrikaans)

Kanpai (Japanese)

Saude (Portuguese)

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