You visit Ireland for the first time, stop into an Irish bar, and are wondering “just how do I say cheers in Irish!?”.
Don’t worry; you are not the first person to Google this.
In fact How to say cheers in Irish get’s Googled over 8000 times a month in America alone!
- While there are various ways to say cheers in Irish, the most common word you will hear is Sláinte!
- You pronounce Sláinte like “slawwn-chee” or “Slaw-in-tche”
- While there are many variations of Sláinte which I will go into detail below, they all generally mean: “to your health” or “good health.” The literal translation of Sláinte is “Health.”
Now if you want to blow away, an Irishman or Irishwoman then try to say this Irish saying:
Go mbeirimíd beo ar an am seo arís – “May we be alive at this same time again next year.”
- Pronounced: Guh mer-i-meedh bee-oh er an am shu areesh
Not the easiest thing to say after a few pints of Guinness but I am sure they will appreciate it.
Other ways to say Cheers in Irish
There are a few different ways you might hear in an Irish pub or with an Irish person that you might recognise.
Just don’t forget the basics: Cheers! = Sláinte!
Other variations of ways to say Cheers in Irish you might hear are:
- Sláinte mhaith (pronounced slan-cha vah) – meaning “good health.”
- Sláinte chugat (pronounced hoo-uv) – meaning “health to you.”
And while you are here why not learn an Irish toast:
This is a perfect toast for an Irish wedding:
- Toast: May you live and may you wear it out
Irish: Go mairir is go gathair
Pronunciation: Guh mah-rir is guh gah-hir
What other ways of saying Cheers in Irish do you know?
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P.S One last Irish toast:
Toast: May God not weaken your hand
Irish: Nár laga Dia do lámh
Pronunciation: Nar lah-ga Djee-ah dhu lawv