How to say "Cheers" in Greek
Greek is perceived as a difficult language and this is probably correct. However, nothing compares to the big smile on the locals’ face once you greet them in Greek! Greeks are known for their ‘filoxenia’ (hospitality), generosity and warmth towards people of all ages- imagine their reaction when they hear foreigners speak their language! In such case, it is really possible that you all together gather around the table, enjoying the local delicacies and spirits.
Any time that you find yourself toasting at supper or a bar, yamas is a word that will be useful. The equivalent of ‘cheers’, -and trust us - you’ll find it difficult to say without a smile on your face.
Here’s a list of the most common ways you can say “Cheers” in Greek:
- Stin iyia mas! - To our health! (Commonly shortened to "Yiamas!”)
- Stin iyia sou/sas - To your health (the same for singular and plural)
- Eviva - Viva! (antiquated)
- Aspro pato - lit. White bottom, meaning “bottoms up”.