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Tea: how do you call it?

Tea: How do you call it? The Chinese character for tea is # which means a bitter plant. The word tea' derives from China as it was the first trading source of tea in the world in the mid- 1600s. Many variations of the word fall for tea into two prohunciatioh branches that originate from China: te' used in Min-Nan dialect and 'cha' used by Cantonese and Mandarin speakers. Image source: te te tea English Hungarian Catalan Spanish Danish Hebrew Italian Latvian tee Malay Norwegian Swedish Afrikaans Finnish German Korean the French Icelandic Indonesian Tamil thee Dutch herbata, arbata Polish, Lithuanian: derived from the Dutch 'herba thee' or Latin 'herba thea' meaning a tea herb. cha cha chai Russian Greek Hindi Japanese Persian Portuguese chay (caj) Albanian Arabic Bulgarian Croatian Czech Serbian Turkish Ca Inspiration: The story of tea: a cultural history and drinking guide / M. Lou Heiss & R. J. Heiss, 2007 How to say tea in 39 languages: • Etymology of tea: powered by Piktochart make information beautiful

Tea: how do you call it?

shared by IlonaGri on Oct 22
The word 'tea' derives from Chinese language which later was spread into the rest of the world. Let's have a look at how tea is called across the globe and how much in common some languages have!


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