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Old 8th Mar 2022, 10:32
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Drinks greetings - different cultures.

We are probably all familiar with, "Here's to you" "Good health" "Cheers" "Skol" "Prost" "Sante" etc.

Over the last few months I became acquainted with a Romanian chap and his wife, and their (to my mind) odd custom after pouring drinks is to say nothing, just look at each other in turn, hold up the glasses and then intentionally spill a few drops out of each one before taking a taste.

​​​Any other drinks rituals or customs encountered amongst this well travelled community?
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Old 8th Mar 2022, 11:06
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We are probably all familiar with, "Here's to you" "Good health" "Cheers" "Skol" "Prost" "Sante" etc.

Over the last few months I became acquainted with a Romanian chap and his wife, and their (to my mind) odd custom after pouring drinks is to say nothing, just look at each other in turn, hold up the glasses and then intentionally spill a few drops out of each one before taking a taste.

​​​Any other drinks rituals or customs encountered amongst this well travelled community?
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In Sweden it's the well-known "SkŚl" (pronounced "Skol") but it's important to make earnest eye contact with each person round the table, one by one, before drinking.
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It's the same across Scandihooliganland and it took a bit of learning. That of course meant lots more practice
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Originally Posted by TLDNMCL View Post
We are probably all familiar with, "Here's to you" "Good health" "Cheers" "Skol" "Prost" "Sante" etc.

Over the last few months I became acquainted with a Romanian chap and his wife, and their (to my mind) odd custom after pouring drinks is to say nothing, just look at each other in turn, hold up the glasses and then intentionally spill a few drops out of each one before taking a taste.

​​​Any other drinks rituals or customs encountered amongst this well travelled community?
Remind me not to offer any Romanians red wine if they are in my (cream carpeted) lounge!
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'Iechyd da', Welsh. (Yacky dar to lazy linguists). 'Good health', literally.

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ch- same sound as the ch in 'loch'.
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I worked in Helsinki for a bit and remember the greeting, "Kippis". Can any of our cultured readership translate ?

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My Irish parents always said the Gaelic ‘slainte’ (slawn - che ) instead of ‘cheers’ and my son’s Spanish girlfriend says it’s believed unlucky in Spain to toast (salud) with anything non alcoholic - particularly water!
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My mate walked into a bar in Roermond Holland, spotted a bartender that had served him the previous night and held his hand up to give him a hi wave, sitting down he was presented with 5 beers lol 🍺

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While many Indonesians do consume alcohol there has been no real tradition of doing so to have inspired an equivalent phrase.
There are approximate equivalents but no direct equivalent that really fits well.

I presume that the same applies to Arabic and possibly Turkic languages

In Thailand, "Chohk Di" (โชคดี) is widely used but translates more like "Good luck" than cheers, I think.

And Japan "Kanpai" is pretty much universal and something similar in China.
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Originally Posted by Sleeve Wing View Post
I worked in Helsinki for a bit and remember the greeting, "Kippis". Can any of our cultured readership translate ?
Not sure what it stands for, but the result is usually a bad hangover and time in Sauna in my limited experience
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In Turkish "şerefe" is commonly used and translates as "cheers".
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Originally Posted by WingNut60 View Post
And Japan "Kanpai" is pretty much universal and something similar in China.
In Mandarin it sounds close to "Ganbei" or "Gan-bay", which translates as dry cup. The expectation is that you will be drinking it 'down in one' when being toasted this way.
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Oop North (where it's grim) we generally say "Get that down yer neck"

Mind you, we're talking about a cup of tea
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Remind me not to offer any Romanians red wine if they are in my (cream carpeted) lounge!
Anyone who buys a cream coloured carpet or a white suit deserves whatever comes their way😂
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Originally Posted by Sue VÍtements View Post
Oop North (where it's grim) we generally say "Get that down yer neck"

Mind you, we're talking about a cup of tea
I'm a thick northerner, and "Brew or pint? Make yer mind up quickish like." was a popular greeting in my youth.
There is something wholesome yet brutal about that invitation.
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While many Indonesians do consume alcohol there has been no real tradition of doing so to have inspired an equivalent phrase.
There are approximate equivalents but no direct equivalent that really fits well.
The usual saying is "Selamat minum" whereby Selamat is a generic term for good, (selamat pagi, good morning) or welcome (selamat datang) and selamat minum is sort of "enjoy the drink".

In parts of Oz, the country of India is invoked, as in "Geddit India!"
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In the hotel crew parties down route, or the landing drink on the flight deck, you did not need to say anything..... a wink would suffice, especially to management skippers. Happy days all.
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I recall in N.I; the fun we had teaching newly arrived Army Officers in Province a Gaelic Toast:
"Poch ma Hon"
" Now say it all together guys, so you won't forget it!"

( It translates as "Kiss my arse" of course )
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Originally Posted by Ascend Charlie View Post
The usual saying is "Selamat minum" whereby Selamat is a generic term for good, (selamat pagi, good morning) or welcome (selamat datang) and selamat minum is sort of "enjoy the drink".

In parts of Oz, the country of India is invoked, as in "Geddit India!"
One of the several possible phrases to which I alluded.
For the record, selamat and it's variants (keselamatan) are derived from the same roots as the greetings salaam and shalom.
As in Dar Es Salaam or Brunei Darussalam,
As-salamu alaykum, Wa-Aalaykum salam and, I think, Jerusalem.
And, as far as I know, it relates to the concept of peace, safety or a safe haven.

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