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How to …drink with the best of them
So we know Russians are good at drinking. You may not ever be able to keep up, but at least let’s get a glass in your hand and a toast up your sleeve.

Ordering at the bar

Мне бокал белого вина. I’ll have (lit. for me) a glass of white wine.

Нам бутылку красного вина. For us, a bottle of red.

Какое есть разливное пиво? What beer do you have on tap?

Какие коктейли делаете? What kinds of cocktail can you make?

Getting to the real drinking

Сто грамм. 100 grams (any thing less isn’t worth it) Каждому по сто. 100g for everyone

С лимоном. With lemon (DON’T forget the lemon!!)

Пятьсот грамм и пять рюмок. 500g and 5 shot glasses.

Starting the toasts

Я хочу предложить тост! I’d like to make a toast. Поднимите свои бокалы! Raise your glasses.

Предлагаю выпить за счастье и здоровье! Let’s drink to happiness and health!

За хозяина / хозяйку! To the host / hostess!

За именинника / именинницу – To the birthday boy! (girl)

За нашу тёплую компанию! To our warm company! (not the one you work for, the people around you)

За вас, друзья! To you, friends!

When you’re expected to keep them going

Пусть будет так - чем больше лет, тем больше счастья! Let it be – the more years, the more happiness!

За то, что все мы здесь сегодня собрались вместе радоваться жизни! To the fact that we’ve come together to enjoy life!

За долголетие! That you should live a long life!

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