One of the best ways to break down barriers while traveling is knowing the language — or at least some of it.
Another great barrier-breaker (at least, for those who choose to imbibe)? Alcohol. While rituals to celebrate the start of drinking differ around the world, the basic idea behind the clinking of glasses has been around for thousands of years. It’s a way to unite a group of individuals. Symbolically, as the glasses unite, so do the people.
The word “cheers” comes from the Greek word kara, meaning “head” and from the Old French word chiere, meaning “face.” The expression “to be of good cheer” therefore means simply “to put on a happy face.” Pretty nifty to know, right?
Whether you want to break down barriers while traveling or impress your friends at your New Year’s Eve party, here’s the perfect guide on how to say cheers in 15 different languages.
Keep in mind that in some countries, drinking alcohol is illegal. So, before you go out cheers-ing everyone, make sure you understand the culture. There may also be some regional and formality variations in pronunciation, as well.
Know how to say “cheers” in a language that’s not on the list, or have a pronunciation tip? Fill us in! —Erika