Wednesday, January 24, 2018

How They Say "Cheers!" in 70 Countries

There are few places around the world without a tradition of group drinking. The English "Cheers!" is a shortcut, a one-word toast. The same thing is done in many other countries in many other languages, although there are some variations on the tradition. You might notice that Russia has several such toasts. And some places that don't use a one-word toast still practice group drinking, so they've appropriated "Cheers!" I learned about the Chinese "Gan Bei" about 40 years ago. My boss told me it meant "Bottoms up!" implying that the glass should be drained. You should not assume that in the other languages. It's not a bad idea to ask about drinking etiquette in places you aren't familiar with. (via Laughing Squid

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