Site-Wide Activity Forums Tea News and Information How to say "tea" in over 60 languages:

2 replies, 3 voices Last updated by  Robert Godden 5 years ago
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  • #9721


    Have at it. You can now travel around the world confident you know how to ask for a pot of your favorite leaves. Most countries use words quite similar to tea. But not everyone. No. The Lithuanians for example say “arbata.” Sounds eerily like abattoir. Gosh, you don’t want to get that wrong do you. Give me some of your finest “slaughterhouse.” Shudder. Found this on

  • #9724


    Thanks for the share.

    The article forgot to mention that “cha” comes from Cantonese, and “te” from the Fujian dialect.

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    Robert Godden

    Amazingly, just the day after I read this, I got to a bit a Stuart MacBride novel where the protagonist travels to Poland and is offered ” herbata or coffee” . I felt amazingly smug.

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