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How to toast in 50 languages

Posted by Paul Makishima, Globe Assistant Sunday Editor  September 26, 2008 11:05 AM

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Attention, shoppers. For those of you who didn't get the memo, today is Friday and the start of the weekend. Many of you will spend some time in the next 48 hours in public houses while others will just hit the bahs.
It probably hasn't escaped your notice that Boston has become a more multicultural kind of place. So in the interest of providing our readers with news they can use, herein is a list of how to say, "cheers'' in 50 languages (with thanks to the folks at Matador Nights).
While it will be immediately useful to some, others, say, travelers, either actual or armchair, might also find the list useful or at least fun for your next trip, party, or even as a prompt for some educational role-playing with Your Significant Other.
Here's the list:

Afrikaans : Gesondheid! : (Ge-sund-hide)
Albanian : Gëzuar! : (Géschuar)
Arabic (Egyptian) : (Fee-sa-ha-tak)
Armenian : Armenia : (Gen-ots-it)
Azerbaijani : Afiyët oslun! : (Afeeyet Ohs-lun)
Basque : On egin! : (On egín)
Bosnian : Živjeli! : (Zhee-vi-lee)
Bulgarian : (NAZ-dra-vey)
Chinese (Mandarin) : (Gan BAY)
Chinese : (Cantonese) : (Gom bui)
Czech : Na zdravi : (NAZ-drah vi)
Croatian : Živjeli! : (ZHEE-vi-lee)
Danish : Skål! : (Skol)
Dutch : Prosit! : (Prowst)
Esperanto : Je via sano! Toston! : (YEH VEE-ah SAH-no/Tóston)
Estonian : Terviseks! : (Ter-vi-seks)
Ethiopian (Amharic) : Letenachin : (L’-TAY-nah-chin)
Farsi : (Ba-sal-a-ma-TEE)
Finnish : Kippis! : (KEEP-us)
French : A Votre Sante! : (Ah Vot-ruh Sahn-tay)
Gaelic (Irish) : Sláinte! : (Slawn-che)
German : Prost! : (Prohst)
Greek : (Stin Eyiassou/Stin Eye-ee-yass-ooh)
Hawaiian : Okole Maluna! : (Å’kålè ma’luna)
Hebrew : L’Chaim! : (Le Chy-em)
Hungarian : Egeszsegere! : (Egg-esh Ay-ged-reh)
Italian : Salute! : Cin cin! (Salu-tay/Chin Chin)
Japanese : Kampai! : (Kam-pie)
Korean : (Chukbae)
Latvian : Prieka! : (Pree-eh-ka)
Lithuanian i : sveikata! : (Ee sweh-kata)
Luxembourgish : Prost! : (Prohst)
Maltese : Evviva! : (A-vee-va)
Mongolian : (Erüül mehdiin tölöö)
Norwegian : Skål! : (Skoal)
Persian : (beh salamati)
Phillipines: Mabuhay (Ma-boo-hey)
Polish Na : zdrowie! : (Naz-droh-vee-ay)
Portuguese : Saúde! : (Sow-ooh-jee)
Romanian : Noroc! : (No-roak)
Russian : Boo-dem Zdo-ro-vee-eh)
Serbian : Ziveli! : (ZHEE-vi-lee)
Slovak : Na zdravie! : (Naz-drah-vee-ay)
Spanish : ¡Salud!/Salut! : (Sah-lud/Sah-lute)
Swedish : Skål! : (Skol)
Thai : (Chuc-dee)
Turkish : (Sher-i-feh)
Vietnamese : (chook-sa-koi-ah)
Yiddish : Zei Gazunt! : (Zye GAH-zoont)
Zulu : Oogy wawa! : (oogee-wawa)

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4 comments so far...
  1. geez, you copy a blog's entire post and give them just a little link?

    good work.

    Posted by chris September 26, 08 01:19 PM
  1. I think you should clarify that your using the Brazilian dialect of Portuguese in your pronouncement of Saude. The continental Portuguese pronounciation would be closer to: (Sa-ood)

    Posted by Abel September 26, 08 01:30 PM
  1. Oogy wawa!

    Posted by Philberto Rombulato September 26, 08 04:03 PM
  1. I'm pleased to see the Esperanto versions given here! Esperanto is a remarkable linguistic phenomenon, too often neglected.

    Posted by Bill Chapman September 28, 08 06:09 AM
 
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