How to say Cheers! in Japanese: Kanpai!

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How to say Cheers! in Japanese: Kanpai!

Learning Japanese for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say Cheers! in Japanese: Kanpai!
Say it out loud: “Kanh Pai!

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Some more helpful words in our Japanese More Dining Basics category:

...some (of) – Ikutsuka  (Ee Koo Tsu Kah)
...this/that – Kore / Are  (Koh Ree / Ah Ree)
all done – Owarimashita  (Oh Wah Ree Mah Shee Tah)
another – Mou Hitotsu  (Mow Hee Totes)
Bon appétit! – Itadakimasu  (Ee Tah Dah Kee Mass)
can I have…? – …Wo Kudasai.  (…Woh Koo Dah Sai.)
can I see…? – … Wo Misete Kudasai.  (…Woh Mee Seh Teh Koo Dah Sai.)
Cheers! – Kanpai!  (Kanh Pai!)
Eat! Eat! – Tabete! Tabete!  (Tah Beh Teh! Tah Beh Teh!)
I am hungry – Onaka Ga Sukimashita  (Oh Nah Kah Gah Soo Kee Mah Shee Tah)
I am thirsty – Nodo Ga Kawaki Mashita  (Noh Doh Gah Kah Wah Kee Mah Shee Tah)
I ate – Tabemashita  (Tah Beh Mah Shee Tah)
we ate well! – Gochisousama Deshita  (Goh Chee Soh Sah Mah Deh Shee Tah)

And here’s how to say Cheers! in other languages!

Arabic–Fe Sehetak  (fe se he tak)
Chinese–Gānbēi!  (Gan Bay!)
Croatian–živjeli  (zheev yay lee)
Czech–na zdraví!  (nahz drah vee!)
Finnish–Kippis!  (kip piss!)
French–À votre santé  (ah' voe tray sahn tray)
German–prost  (prohst)
Italian–salute  (sah loo tay)
Japanese–Kanpai!  (Kanh Pai!)
Korean–Geonbae!  (Gun Bae!)
Polish–Na zdrowie!  (Na zdro'vyeh!)
Portuguese–Saude!  (sah-oo jee!)
Russian–Na zdorovye  (Nah zdah roh vye)
Spanish–salud!  (sah lood!)
Swahili–sawa!  (sah wah!)
Thai–Chai Yo!  (chai yo!)
Turkish–serefe  (sair uh fay)
Vietnamese–Dô!  (Yooooooooooo!)

Cheers! It is such a great term to learn in different languages. You will make friends in bars, restaurants, cafés and other social venues by learning how to say cheers in the language of the country you are traveling to. You can say it with a reserved, quiet demeanor or far more robustly, depending on the situation and how many drinks you have already had. Just remember SpeakSheets next time you order a drink and toast your awesome travels in another country - cheers from us!

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Kanako Tokuno
Biography: Kanako Tokuno is a marketing adviser and translator living in New York City. Kanako graduated with BAs in International Relations from both Ritsumeikan University and American University in 2008 through a Dual Degree program. After experiencing sales and marketing jobs in the electronics and cosmetics industries in Japan, Kanako moved to New York City, where she is currently involved in multiple projects as a freelancer.
Born: Japan
Location: New York, NY, USA

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