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Video:Learn Japanese: How to Say "Cheers"

with Dai Ishiguro

"Cheers" is a useful phrase to know in Japanese for anyone looking to drink and socialize when they're visiting the country. This video from About.com will show you how to say "Cheers" in Japanese.See Transcript

Transcript:Learn Japanese: How to Say "Cheers"

Hello, my name is Dai Ishiguro for About.com. Today, I'm going to teach you how to say, "Cheers!" in Japanese.  

Informal Way of Saying "Cheers!"

Informal way, the casual way of saying "Cheers!" is "Kanpai!" "Ka n pa i!" "Kanpai!" When you are with a bunch of friends and go to a bar, maybe you can say "Cheers!" "Kanpai!" "Ka n pai i!"

Formal Way of Saying "Cheers!"

The formal way of saying, "Cheers!" is "O tsu Ka re sa ma De shi ta!" "Otsukaresama Deshita!" "Otsukaresama Deshita!"

"Otsukaresama Deshita!" means like, "thank you for the hard work." "Thank you for studying," you know? Okay, "we have to celebrate because we work hard," you know? "O tsu Ka re sa ma De shi ta!" "Otsukaresama Deshita!"

How to Write "Cheers!" in Japanese

Now the casual way, we say, "Kanpai!" for "Cheers." I'm going to write "Ka n Pa i." "Kanpai!" with beer. "Kanpai!" with a smile.  A smile is important in Japanese. So "Kanpai!"

Now, formal way, "Otsukaresama Deshita!" Okay. "O tsu Ka re sa ma De shi ta!" O tsu Ka re sa ma De shi ta!" "Otsukaresama Deshita!" is very, very formal. You can just say, "O tsu Ka re." It's still like "Cheers!",  "thank you for the good work," you can say, "O tsu Ka re". If you want to be more formal, you can say, "Otsukaresama Deshita!"

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