Wanna make toast in Brazil? Here are six ways you can write and pronounce cheers in Portuguese!
Thankfully, these drinking toast messages are very similar between Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese, meaning you can use them in both countries because people will understand you.
Still, these phrases are the Brazilian versions. (It’s always good to know, right.)
Depending on where you are from, the Portuguese language might seem overwhelming, I know. Still, it doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are the exact words you can say and how you pronounce them while making a toast in Brazil!
6 Ways To Say Cheers In Brazilian Portuguese
There are six ways to say cheers in Portuguese, but each has a few variations.
We will start by talking about saúde, but if you want to learn the language for real, check out these apps for learning Brazilian Portuguese.
Saúde – Portuguese for Cheers
- Pronunciation: sah-ooh-dji
Saúde is by far the most common way of saying cheers in Portuguese.
It literally means “health,” and it is meant to toast life because why not, right?
You can say that both on formal and informal occasions. Usually, everyone toasting says it while clinking all glasses and, if possible, looking people in the eye.
À sua saúde!
(To your health!) – it can be used in the same way and situations as saúde. It’s a short, colloquial way of saying this.
À nossa saúde!
(To our health!) – it can be used in the same way and situations as saúde. It’s a short, colloquial way of saying this.
Um brinde – Also Means Cheers in Brazilian Portuguese
- Pronunciation: un breen-tchi
It literally means “a toast” in Portuguese, but it can be used both on informal and special occasions.
Um brinde à sua saúde!
(A toast to your health!) – it’s a neat way to say cheers and is the complete Portuguese phrase for à sua saúde.
Um brinde à nossa saúde!
(A toast to our health!) – like the previous, it’s a neat way to say cheers in Portuguese and is the complete sentence for à nossa saúde.
Chin-Chin – Another Way to Say Cheers in Brazilian Portuguese
- Pronunciation: chin chin
It’s a very informal expression and even a playful way to say cheers in Portuguese.
Chin-chin doesn’t mean anything in our language, but this toasting phrase is mostly accepted as the sound of clinking glasses.
Brazilian Etiquette When Drinking
Brazilian people usually raise their glasses while saying saúde. Be sure to look every person in the eye while clinking your glass.
Also, do take at least a sip before putting your glass back down.
There is a fun folk wisdom you might hear locals saying if you skip this step:
Quem bebe sem brindar, 7 anos sem gozar. Quem brinda sem beber, 7 anos sem foder.
(Drinking without toasting: 7 years without orgasms. Toasting without drinking: 7 years without f*cking.)
This is a bit of folk culture for you, lol.
Other Important Table And Going Out Etiquette Rules To Know
Brazilians always wash their hands before eating, and we use a knife and fork for everything and rarely touch food with our hands.
Always use a napkin while eating or drinking.
Be sure to cover your mouth with the other hand when using toothpicks in public.
We Brazilians are incredibly casual about time. Being twenty to thirty minutes late is common. So don’t expect us to arrive on time, and never indicate when the party will “end.”
Be on time for a formal meeting, but your Brazilian colleagues might make you wait a bit. Also, Brazilians are expressive and passionate conversationalists, so be prepared to be interrupted.
Wrapping Up On How To Say Cheers In Brazilian Portuguese
Portuguese can be challenging, but with a bit of practice, you can say basic things to native speakers, like cheers!
With the messages above, you can toast with your friends or colleagues in their own language. How cool is that?
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