Kanpai or Kampai, which is most correct?

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Hello! Have seen "Cheers" in Japanese written as "kanpai" and "kampai", which is correct or most correct? Have family in Japan, and will take my first trip over there soon to bring my Mother's ashes back to her Homeland. Would not want to offend if I make a toast incorrectly. Thank you so much!

By Patrick Remington Posted on October 25, 2017
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April 20, 2019

When I lived there I also said and heard it as "kampai".
Everyone toasted with me and said kampai.
Hope this helps. Sorry to hear about your mum.

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May 24, 2019

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December 26, 2019

Neither way is the most correct. It just depends on the region you visit.

Just say it the say they do when you visit.

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Ludwig Fromm
April 12, 2020

sounds better!!

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November 26, 2020

i think its written kanpai, but the way we say it will be more likely kampai because the following words after "n" is "p" and because of that our mouth will be closed after the "kan" pronounciation, and it will sound like "kam" because our mouth will be closed.

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December 18, 2020

I'm pretty sure it's "kanpai," because if written in hiragana, there's no "m" equivalent ... it would be written かんぱい (ka-n-pa-ii).

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