Smart phone apps have made learning how to say something in another language a heck of a lot easier.  Punch up a Translate This Word app or website wherever you are and a couple of digital seconds later, there’s your translation.  Let’s take the word “hello” for example:

Hello is Basque is “Kaixo.”

Hello in Czech is “Ahoj.”

Hello in Galician is “Ola.”

Hello in Hmong is “Nyob Zoo.”

Hello in Maltese is “Bongu.”

Hello in Vietnamese is “Cin Chào.”

Instead of fumbling through the pages of those pocket “insert language dictionaries, a quick tap of an app and there’s your word.  However, if you find yourself in any of the above countries, here’s one word you can say where you’re guaranteed to be easily understood. 

Whisky is Basque is “Whisky.”

Whisky in Czech is “Whisky.”

Whisky in Galician is “Whisky.”

Whisky in Hmong is “Whiskey.”

Whisky in Maltese is “Whiskey.”

Whisky in Vietnamese is “Whisky.”

That’s just the tip of the ice cube.  Catalonia, Denmark, Germany, Indonesia Kenya, Poland, Slovenia, Tanzania, The Philippines, Uzbekistan and many others use “whisky, whiskey or wiski” to say whisky.  It’s only fitting then, that we celebrate this amazing’s spirit universality on World Whisky Day, Saturday, May15.

The impact that whisky has, is having and will appear to continue to have from a sales point of view is staggering.  Three short years ago, the global whisky market’s size was pegged at almost 58 billion dollars.  According to Business Wire, that very same market is expected to grow by almost 29 billion dollars by 2025. 

But let’s bring the global perspective down to your corner of the world.  While the economic forecast is great news for whisky, last year and this year so far may be a section of time we want to get past and fast.  This World Whisky Day, enjoy a whisky from anywhere, wherever you are and however you want it:  neat, in a cocktail, over ice, over Zoom.  Most importantly, enjoy it not so much as an “escape from-”; but rather, looking forward to “going away to-“.  Hopefully soon, that could see you saying:

Cheers is Basque is “Animo.”

Cheers in Czech is “Na Zdraví.”

Cheers in Galician is “Ánimo.”

Cheers in Hmong is “Cheers.”

Cheers in Maltese is “Ferħ.”

Cheers in Vietnamese is “Hoan Hô.”