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British English key word: cheers


“Cheers” is the equivalant of “salud” in Spanish and “santé” in French – normally used when people are drinking together and they hold their glasses close to celebrate something.

However, the British use it for two other reasons: as a substitute for “thanks” and for “bye”.


“Cheers” means “thanks”

“Here you go.” “Cheers, mate.” (Thanks.)

“I’ll have a pint please, cheers.” (Asking for a drink in a pub.)


“Cheers” means “bye”

“See you later then.” “Cheers.”

“Nice to see you, cheers for now.”

We can also use it to sign off emails (informally):


Thanks for your message.

I will meet you at 8.




The uses explained above for “cheers” are very common in British English, but it is an informal word and should only be used in such contexts.

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