cheers in spanish

Whether you’re planning to travel to Spain on holiday or you’re dating a Spanish fiancé, it’s important to master the Spanish language. You may not become a native or fluent speaker of the language, but you should at least be able to say the most common words like cheers.

This article teaches you six ways to say cheers in Spanish so that you can have a good time with your Spanish friends.

6 Ways to Say Cheers in Spanish

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Spanish people love drinking wine, vodka, cognac, and other types of alcoholic beverages during special celebrations. So, when you visit Spain or attend a party with your Spanish friends, expect to toast countless times as the party continues.

Fortunately, Spanish people have a variety of words and sayings that you can use to mean cheers when you’re toasting. Some of these words are traditional and should be used on specific occasions while others are sassy and are meant for informal occasions.

Therefore, you need to be careful when using these words to avoid coming off as insensitive and arrogant. Furthermore, there are some words you’re not supposed to use in front of children because they may be considered bad-mannered.

Some historians claim that the toasting culture originated in ancient Rome when the tradition of poisoning people’s drinks to eliminate them was very rampant. So, the hosts at parties would clank their guests’ glasses with excess strength to intentionally spill their drinks into other people’s glasses as a way of proving that the drinks are safe.

Other legends claim that the Roman god of alcohol, Bacchus, hosted a banquet and requested the five senses to attend. The hearing sense claimed that he couldn’t hear the wine, forcing Bacchus to send him to the vaults to listen to the fermentation.

However, he still couldn’t hear any sounds. So, Bacchus decided to clink the wine glasses to create enough sound for the hearing sense. This way, the hearing sense could enjoy the banquet. The narrators of this story suggest that this was the origin of the toasting culture.

Others believe that King Charles V and his soldiers raised their glasses and toasted when they conquered Rome in 1527 claiming that it was “God’s will. So, they raised their glasses to Him and said: “Bring dirs”, which means “I offer it to you” in English.

This moment is said to be the origin of the word “brindis”, a Spanish word for toast. Historians also claim that this moment was the first instance of toasting as a sign of festivity and respect. Here are the most common Spanish words for “cheers.”

1. ¡Chinchín!

Many people often assume that this word is an onomatopoeia (a formation of words from sounds related to what is named). In this instance, the word is considered to be a replication of the sound of clinking glasses when people toast.

However, this isn’t the true meaning of the word ¡Chinchín! It appears to have originated from the Chinese words “ch’ing ch’ing”, which means “please please.” In Spain, this word is normally used with kids, especially in familiar settings.

Therefore, it’s not suitable for formal settings like a business meeting, office party, etc. Although there’s nothing wrong with using the word when toasting with business partners or office colleagues, there are other Spanish words that you can use without sounding too informal.

It’s not the word to choose when you want to make a serious business impression. It can also be offensive to some Asians and Mexicans. Some reports suggest that this word can be interpreted to mean genitals in Chinese and Japanese languages.

It’s also said that some Mexicans use the word interchangeably with “chingar”, which denotes the “F” word.

2. ¡Salud!

This Spanish word means “to your health!” in English, and it’s commonly used when toasting. Homer, a Roman author, used it in his Iliad where he uses it to mean wishing your friends good health and luck.

So, it’s a symbol of good luck and health. Some Romans also consider it a sign of respect for Roman gods. In some parts of the world, this word is used superstitiously to keep away bad luck, diseases, and evil.

Sometimes people say this word when sneezing as a way of chasing away the spirit of disease and bad luck. It can be used interchangeably with the English phrase “Bless you.” There’s also a longer version of this word, but it’s not used commonly: “Salud, amor, pesetas y tiempo para disfrutarlos.”

This version means “Health, love, money and time to enjoy them.” Pesetas is a Spanish word for money.

3. ¡Por… (X)!

When you’re using this word to toast in Spanish, just stand up, raise your glass, and say, “¡Un brindis por (whoever you want to honor)!”. The other person will say, “Por (whoever you are toasting to)!”

Then, both of you can clink your glasses. Here are some perfect examples of using this Spanish word to toast:

• ¡Por los novios (to the newly wed)
• ¡Por nosotros! (to us)
• ¡Por el homenajeado! (to the honoree)
• ¡Por vosotros! (to you)
• ¡Por los aquí presentes! (for those who are here)
• ¡Por el ojomeneado! (a silly version of to the honoree, that sounds almost like homenajeado but actually means “mad-eye”)

This word is also applicable in situations where you want to toast to something instead of someone. For example, you can toast to a new investment, a new car, a new life, a vacation, etc.

4. Salut i força al canut!

This is a traditional toasting phrase that you shouldn’t use in front of kids. It means “To health and strength to your cylinder.” Therefore, it’s mainly used by adults, especially during night parties when the kids are asleep.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the cylinder you want to be strong and healthy is the male genitalia. However, some Spanish natives dispute this claim, insisting that it doesn’t refer to that part of the male body.

They claim that it refers to the traditional cylinders used to carry gold when there were no banks. These cylinders were commonly referred to as “canuts.” So, when people used this phrase when toasting, they meant the canuts.

You shouldn’t also use this phrase in business meetings and official meals because it’s quite informal. Nonetheless, it’s not disrespectful, especially if you’re saying it to your peers. However, you should use it carefully to avoid problems with your guests. You might hear some giggling if you use it at the wrong time.

5. Sant Hilari, Sant Hilari…!

This is another informal way of saying cheers in Spanish. It invites people to gobble up their drinks at once. It’s commonly used on occasions where people are drinking shots. So, you’ll stand up, raise your shot glass, and say, “Sant Hilari, Sant Hilari..!”, and the other people will say loudly, “Fill de puta qui no se l’acabi!!!”

Then, everyone will down their shot at once. It’s commonly used in wild parties where drinks are flowing and everyone is having a good time. You can use it when partying with your friends or relatives.

6. Brindem, brindem, brindola..!

This is one of the sassiest Spanish toasts. It is commonly used by men, particularly in informal situations where they’re safe to fool around. It makes people laugh and have a good time.

Although the first part of the toast is innocent, it invites the other person to toast in a childish way. The first part means “Let’s toast, let’s toast, let’s toasteenie”, and the other person replies, “per les teves mamelles i la meva titola!”, which means “To your boobs and my weenie!”

Therefore, it shouldn’t be used around children or in formal meetings. The word “titola” is normally used when there are kids around because it’s a less vulgar word for the English word penis.

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