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Posted by Cassie

Since it is the first of the year, I thought I would give a quick Spanish tip: ¡Salud!

The word salud is used for three different occasions with slightly different meanings. 1) Most commonly, it means “health” 2) when someone sneezes it means “bless you”.
3) it means “cheers” as when you are giving a toast, instead of saying “cheers!” you say “¡salud!”

When I was in Mexico I learned a more intricate rhyming toast that goes a little something like this:

“Arriba, abajo, al centro, pa’ dentro.”  (Literally : “Up, down, to the center, inside”)

This means “raise your glass up, lower it down, bring it to the middle (clink them) and then drink up (bring it inside the body)”.

A todos mis lectores: ¡a su salud en el año nuevo!

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