Who doesn’t dream of living the good life in France? The food alone is well worth the trip since the French basically invented fine cuisine. They also invented a little bubbly liquid called Champagne! Just before your first sip, look at your friend in the eye and simply say their version of “cheers!”: à votre santé! Find out the French phrases every citizen of the world should know.
Is it just us, or is the Italian bubbly treat called prosecco sweeping the nation by storm? It’s lovely anytime: brunch, to celebrate something, or just to slowly sip while catching up with a dear friend. It originated in Italy’s Veneto region but is now available all over the world and is usually much less expensive than its French counterpart. When in Italy, the most common toast is “salute” or “cin cin” (pronounced Chin Chin), which has its origins in China. However, do not use this as a toast in Japan. Apparently is a naughty term that could get you kicked out of a bar or possibly the entire country. If you find yourself in the land of the rising sun, stick with “kampai,” which means, “cheers!” Check out these other Italian phrases you need to know.
The pristine, beautiful and always neutral country of Switzerland offers some very drinkable wines. Who knew? Here, you can go four ways with a toast since the country is multi-lingual. In German-speaking areas it’s, “Prost!” or “Zum Wohl!” In French-speaking areas say: “Sante!” And in Italian-speaking sectors, go with, “Salute!” Finally, in Rumantsch (which they speak in the Engadin) it’s simply, “Viva!”