Russian Language
July 17, 2016
VK Hana

My Russian friends say that no one says "nazdrovye" when drinking together, but it's in all the films. Why?

5 answers
1 year, 2 months ago Kuratov Andrei

We never say "Na zdorovye" when toasting, but we never say "Za zdorovye (full stop)", either. You need to specify. The toast usually goes like "(Давайте выпьем) за здоровье родителей юбиляра" = (Let's drink) to the health of the hero of the day's parents.Another popular toast is "Будем здоровы" = Let us all be in good health. 

1 year, 7 months ago Смирнов Кирилл

"Na zdrowie!" is a Polish expression for Russian "Za zdorovie".Actually I have no idea why you associate Polish expression with Russian people!

2 years, 1 month ago Burakov Richard

I've heard numerous times that the stereotype stemms from the fact that during the cold-war period Russians were commonly played by other slavs in American movies. Among them were the Polish, who allegedly say "Na zdrowie" when they drink. So at some point things got mixed up.I'm not sure if it is a valid explanation, but it does sound legit

2 years, 3 months ago Пустой Клифф

You know, in the company of my friends we almost always drink with words:-valar morghulis!-valar dohaeris...And it is kind of funny as hell. 140

2 years, 4 months ago сав Лянбо Амор

Hello, you are probably a bit wrong about pronunciation, usually at the feast, russian people says "za zdorovye" not an "na zdorovye". The difference between that two sentences is when russian people says "na zdorovye" they want to show their gratitude for gratitude. "Na zdorovye" means "You're welcome".Example: — Can you give me a glass please, I want to pour vodka. *Apply glass*— Spasibo!— Na zdorovye!So, let's talk about "za zdorovye". This is the usual toast, which says Russian people. Actually thats looks pretty strange because "za zdorovye" means "I want to propose a toast to health and prosperity". I mean alcohol negatively affects the health, how can we drink for it? But this is absolutely normal in Russia and no one gives it value. :)