How to say cheers in 13 languages

An impressively decorated bar in Africa, taken by Katie Powell during her worldwide trip. The perfect place for practising your Swahili pronunciation!

With the festive season coming up, one of the words you’ll definitely need to know how to say is ‘Cheers’. It’s a universal phrase, as useful as any other. Saying cheers is an expression of goodwill and something that every traveller should know. Wherever you’re travelling with us, here’s a list of how to say ‘Cheers’ in some of our destinations. Enjoy!

Africa: (Swahili): Maisha marefu! Afya! Vifijo!

Antarctica: There aren’t any native Antarcticans apart from penguins, but at least you’ll have plenty of ice!

Central / South America (Spanish): ¡Salud!
(Portuguese): Saude

China (Mandarin): Gan bay.

Egypt (Arabic): Fi sahitak

Himalayas (Nepalese): Pyunu hos

Mongolian: Tulgatsgaaya

India (Hindi): Acchī sehata

Israel (Hebrew): L’chaim

Russia: Na zdorovie!

South Korea: Gun bae

Turkey: Şerefe!

Vietnamese: Dô (Jou) / Vô (Dzo)

Where will you be heading this festive season, and how will you be saying ‘cheers?’

2 comments on “How to say cheers in 13 languages

  1. I live in Galway Ireland and we say Slainte which is Cheers but really means good health!
    Will be in the U.S at Christmas where I think they say Cheers…?

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