“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.” –Dave Barry
If there’s one universal constant in human society, it has to be alcohol. Rare indeed is the culture that hasn’t worked out the tricksy process of fermenting and/or distilling some type of vegetable matter — be it malted barley, potatoes, honey or grape juice — into a brew containing a significant percentage, as the dictionary puts it, of an “organic compound in which a hydroxyl group is bound to a carbon atom of an alkyl or substituted alkyl group.” In other words, booze.
Among the mildest and most variable of these alcoholic beverages is that fine elixir known as beer. A true beer connoisseur would never pass up an opportunity to try the local brew, no matter where on Earth where they found themselves, and so it behooves the serious beerologist to know how to order a beer in as many languages as possible. That’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to provide you with a handy guide on how to order a beer in 50 different languages. Where the pronunciation isn’t obvious, or in which the term is normally written in non-Roman characters, we’ve rendered it phonetically. Cheers!
One beer, please!
Afrikaans… A beer, ah-suh-bleef!
American… Brewski here, please!
Arabic… Waheed beera, meen fadleek!
Basque… Garagardo bat, mesedez!
Belarusian… Ad-no pee-vah ka-lee lah-ska!
“You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.” — Frank Zappa
Bengali… Eka handoiya, doya koray!
Bulgarian… Edna beerra, molya!
Catalan… Una cervesa, si us plau!
Cheyenne… Nok hee-sevo-tamah-peh, mas-eh-met-ah-no!
Chinese… Ching gay woh ee bay pee joh!
“Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink, I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, ‘It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.'” — Jack Handy
Czech… Pee-vo, pro-seem!
Danish… Yay vil geh-neh heh en url!
Dutch… Un beer, ahls-yer-bleeft!
Egyptian (Ancient)… Wekha henqet!
Esperanto… Unu bieron, mi petas!
“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.” — Abraham Lincoln
Estonian… Ooks ur-loo, pah-lun!
Finnish… O-loot moolek kee-tos!
French… Une bičre, s’il vous plait!
German… Ein Bier, bitte!
Greek… Mee-a beer-a paraka-loh!
“Remember: I before E, except in Budweiser.” — Anonymous
Hawaiian… ‘Ekahi pia, ho’olu!
Hindi… Eka biyara, krupaya!
Hungarian… Edj pohar shurt kayrek!
Icelandic… Ay-dn byohr, tahk!
Interlingua… On bira, per favor!
“He was a wise man who invented beer.” — Plato
Irish… Byohr awoyn, lyeh doh hull!
Italian… Una birra, per favore!
Japanese… Bee-ru ip-pon, ku-da-sai!
Korean… Mayk-joo hahn-jahn, joo-se-yoh!
Kurdish… Dan min yek bire!
“Give me a woman who loves beer, and I will conquer the world.” — Kaiser Wilhelm
Lakota (Sioux)… Wan-jee m’nee-pee-gah, ee-yo-kee-pee!
Latin… Cervisiam, sodes!
Lithuanian… Pra-shau vie-na, al-lows!
Norwegian… Ehn url, tahk!
Old English… An beor, nu!
“24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence?” — Stephen Wright
Pig Latin… One-ay eer-bay, ease-play!
Polish… Yed-no peev, proshe!
Portuguese… Uma cerveja, por favor!
Romanian… Oh beh-reh ver rohg!ody
We old folks have to find our cushions and pillows in our tankards. Strong beer is the milk of the old. — Martin Luther
Scots Gaelic… Lyawn, mahs eh doh hawl eh!
Serbo/Croatian… Yed-no pee-vo, mo-lim!
Slovene… Eno pee-vo, pro-seem!
Spanish… Una cerveza, por favor!
Swahili… Moja pombe, tafadhali!
“I would give all my fame for a pot of ale and safety.” — Shakespeare, Henry V
Swedish… Ehn irl, tahk!
Twi… Mah-me bee-ye bah-ko, mee pow-che-oo!
Turkish… Beer beer-ah, luht-fen!
Welsh… Koo-roh ohs gwel-ookh-un-thah!
Yiddish… A beer, zeit a-zoy goot!
“Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer.” — Dave Barry
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