Tea in other languages

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I love how tea is universal and is very similar across many languages! In Swahili its chai :)

RiverTea said

It’s true! You can travel anywhere in the world and find it easy to order a nice cup of tea.

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In ayurveda,Tea was called ‘KAHRA

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TeaRunner said

I actually did get around to investigating why Polish name for tea (“HERBATA”) does not resemble the word in any other language. It turns out that in Poland tea was originally used only as medication, sold only in pharmacies and considered to be some kind of Chinese herb – hence the Latin root “herb” in its name.

RiverTea said

Thanks for sharing this. It’s actually pretty logical if you get to investigating etymology.

Infussion said

From Latin herba thea. Its use was widespread and not only as medication, however it was the initial “marketing” approach :)

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TeaRunner said

I really got rolling here, but I just realized that a Polish word for a tea kettle is “CZAJ-nik”. Go figure!
Please somebody – give me something else to think about, quick!

RiverTea said

How about a joke… a tea joke? :))

Infussion said

I can help as I’m Polish. CZAJ is pronounced in the same way as CHAI in other languages.

No need to go figure when it’s this simple :)

RiverTea said

Thanks for sharing! So it’s CHAI all the way!

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pavl said

Just like russian, bulgarian, and romanian, it’s also чай in ukranian

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Stella select said

차(cha) in Korean,
(お)茶 (o-cha) in Japanese.

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Armenians call it թեյ (tey)

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Rasseru said

I tried to find out what it was in khosian (Khoisan?) Which is a set of African languages with clicks in, hoping to find something different.. But I can’t find a dictionary. Bushman and kung are some of the languages that use clicks

It’s probably just ‘tea’ anyway, haha

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Psyck said

Tea is called Chai/Cha in North Indian languages like Hindi/Bengali/etc. While this refers to all forms of tea, it commonly means the type of tea brewed by boiling powdered tea with milk and sweetener (in British English the word Chai is exclusively used for this method of preparation).

Tea is called Tea in South Indian languages like Telugu/Tamil/etc.

http://coffeetea.about.com/od/historyculture/a/WordsForTea.htm

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