French Lessons: Santé

Santé! To health. It’s the French version of “cheers,” and a very important word as you’ll likely find yourself in many situations involving wine or champagne with any time spent in France. The main key rules are to always make eye contact with the person you are cheers-ing with, and when it’s a group of people, arms should never cross – just be patient and let each moment happen.

Speaking of drinking etiquette, don’t miss Joanna Goddard’s How to Drink Wine guide illustrated by Gemma Correll.

p.s. I’m currently in Copenhagen for Blognhagen. Follow along on twitter (#Blognhagen) and Facebook.

French Lessons is an ongoing series where I teach you French words and cultural lessons while beefing up my Illustrator skills.


  • I just learnt this the other night when drinking with some French friends in Paris last night. They said if you don’t make eye contact you will have bad ‘bedroom times’ for 7 years. Not sure if they were pulling my leg but I’m not going to risk it!

  • I’ve heard that as well, but not just the French. A lot of Europeans have the same superstition about eye contact when cheersing(?). Also don’t cheers with a glass of water and a few others. They definitely weren’t pulling your leg.

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