How to say Cheers! in Swahili: sawa!

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How to say Cheers! in Swahili: sawa!

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

To say Cheers! in Swahili: sawa!
Say it out loud: “sah wah!

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

...some (of) – baadhi ya  (baa dhi yah)
...this/that – hii/ile  (hee/eelé)
all done – tumemaliza  (too may mah lee zuh)
another – ingine  (eeng’ ee neh)
Bon appétit! – Bon appétit!  (Bon appétit!)
can I have…? – naweza pata  (nah weh zah pah tah)
can I see…? – naweza ona  (nah weh zah o’nah)
can we have...? – twaweza pata  (twah weh zah pah tah)
can we see ...? – twaweza ona  (twah weh zah o’ nah)
Cheers! – sawa!  (sah wah!)
Eat! Eat! – kula! kula!  (koo lah! koo lah!)
I am hungry – nahisi njaa  (nah hee see n’jah)
I am thirsty – nahisi kiu  (nah hee see kee uh)
I ate – nisha kula  (nee shah kuh lah)
I would like… – ningependa  (nee n’geh pen dah)
we ate – tusha kula  (too shah kuh lah)
we ate well! – tulikula vizuri  (too lee kuh lah vee zuh ree)
we would like… – tungependa  (too n’geh pen dah)

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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