When you ask someone to think of the most relevant phrases and expressions to know in any language, most people’s minds don’t jump to ‘good luck!’ immediately. Being able to say ‘hello,’ ‘thank you’ or ‘cheers!’ in any language is of course practical, but you shouldn’t ignore the importance of knowing how to say ‘good luck’ in the languages of the world, too!
If you think about it, there are countless occasions to wish someone success if you’re trying to be thoughtful or polite. Maybe your friend or family member is giving a big presentation at work or school, going on a first date, applying for a new job or even playing the slot machines. In these scenarios (and in others), you’ll want to know how to wish that person luck in his or her native language. It’s also useful if you’re a proponent of sarcasm, and your friend is attempting to beat you in a rousing game of air hockey. (And we think there’s room for a healthy amount of playful snark in all sorts of competitions.) No matter where you travel or who you meet, keep these translations handy so you can be equal parts polite and sharp-tongued in another language.
So what are you waiting for, a stroke of good fortune? Here’s how to wish someone luck in 10 languages.
(Pro tip: In some cultures and in certain situations, it’s considered bad luck to wish someone good luck. Do your research on superstitions so that you don’t accidentally say it to an actor or actress who’s about to go onstage!)
How To Say ‘Good Luck’ In 10 Languages
Spanish: Buena suerte
French: Bonne chance
German: Viel Glück
Italian: In bocca al lupo
Portuguese: Boa sorte
Norwegian: Lykke til
Russian: Удачи (udachi)
Turkish: Bol şans!
Dutch: Veel succes