Are you curious to know how to say cheers in French? If you want to make a good impression on your friends, then you better start learning French so that you can use some expressions when making a toast!
You might already be aware of some expressions to use with your friends, but if you go to Paris or go out with other French people, it's better to know several ways to make a toast rather than just one!
So, let's get started on how to say cheers in French and the best way to learn French!
It's possible to use different expressions to say cheers in French. In fact, you should be able to differentiate between a toast at a formal gathering vs a casual meeting with friends. Formal situations require proper expressions to make sure you do not appear impolite.
French people cheer by wishing each other good health. In general, you can use the word "santé" to do that. After saying those words, it is common to clink glasses with the other people present!
Here are more expressions to use when cheering:
During special occasions, such as weddings, dinner parties, and business celebrations, when wishing to toast to the guest or the host, you can use the following expressions:
If you are making a generic toast in an informal setting, you can use santè in different variations. For example:
Other examples include:
Before drinking, people often clink their glasses together while making eye contact. After the glasses clink and you have finished exchanging cheers, it is then time to take the first sip. Only after that can you put your glass down on the dinner table or you can continue drinking!
During New Year's Eve, when it comes to the moment to toast in French, you can use the word "santè."
To be polite and show good manners, there are specific rules you should follow when making a toast in French. French people follow certain rituals, which means that failing to do so is frowned upon.
Here are some guidelines to follow in case you find yourself toasting with French people:
While crossing your arms and/or glasses with others and toasting with water or soft drinks might not sound like a big deal to you, it's considered bad luck to do so in France!
Another tradition you should know about when toasting in French is the expression, "cul sec." This expression literally translates to "dry a**."
This expression indicates that you have emptied your glass. However, this typically refers to drinking the contents all in one gulp!
For example, you might encounter this sentence when in France:
Instead of "cul sec", you might also ear:
Isn't that a fun expression to know?
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