Words for Tea Around the World Share PINTEREST Email Print Karin Dreyer / Getty Images Liveabout Hobbies Fine Arts & Crafts Astrology Card Games & Gambling Cars & Motorcycles Playing Music Entertainment Activities Humor By Lindsey Goodwin Tea Expert Lindsey Goodwin is a food writer and tea consultant with more than 12 years of experience exploring tea production and culture. our editorial process Lindsey Goodwin Updated January 29, 2020 Have you ever wondered how to say "tea" in different languages, or found yourself traveling abroad and in need of a cup of tea? This listing includes the words for "tea" in over 60 different languages from around the world. It also features a guide to which languages use the same or similar words for tea. Note: Many of these words have been Romanized. How to Say Tea in Different Languages Afrikaans: tee Albanian: caj (pronounced chai) Arabic: chai or shai Armenian: te Azerbaijani: caj (pronounced chai) Basque: tea Belarusian: harbatu Bengali/Bangla: cha Bulgarian: chai Catalan: té Chinese (Cantonese): cha Chinese (Mandarin): cha (second tone / pronounced with the "a" in a rising tone) Croatian: caj (pronounced chai) Czech: caj (pronounced cha-i) Danish: te Dutch: thee English: tea Esperanto: teo Filipino/Tagalog: tsaa Finnish: tee French: le thé (masculine) Galician: té Georgian: chai German: der Tee (masculine; the "T" is capitalized because all German nouns are capitalized) Greek: tsai Haitian Creole: té Hebrew: teh Hindi: chai Hungarian: tea (plural: teak) Irish: tae Italian: te (pronounced teh) Icelandic: te Indonesian: teh Japanese: o-cha (o- is used as a prefix meaning "honorable" and -cha is used to mean "tea" in various tea names, such as matcha, sencha and hojicha) Korean: cha Latvian: teja (pronounced tay-ya) Lithuanian: arbata Luxembourgish: Téi (like in German, all nouns are capitalized in Luxembourish) Macedonian: chaj (pronounced chai) Malay: teh Maltese: te Norwegian: te Persian: chay (pronounced chai in most areas) Polish: herbata Portuguese: cha (pronounced shah with a Brazilian accent) Romanian: ceai Russian: chai Serbian: caj (pronounced chai) Sinhalese (Sri Lanka): thé (The word for teapot is actually a Dutch loanword. It is theepot.) Slovakian: caj (pronounced chai) Slovenian: caj (pronounced chai) Somali: shaah Spanish: el té (masculine; pronounced tay) Swahili: chai (pronounced cha-i) Swedish: te Taiwanese: de (boba naicha refers to Taiwan; popular "tapioca pearl tea") Tamil (Sri Lanka): tea Thai: chah (chah yen refers to Thai iced tea) Tibetan: cha or ja Turkish: cay (pronounced chai) Ukrainian: chaj (pronounced chay) Urdu: chai (North) Vietnamese: che (South) Vietnamese: tra (sometimes pronounced cha or ja) Wolof: achai (pronounced uh-chuy) Welsh: te Yiddish: tey Zulu: itiye Pronunciations of "Tea" Around the World The root words for "tea" can be traced back to China, where it was called â€œchaâ€ or â€œtay.â€ Today, most words for tea sound something like cha/chai or tea/té/te. Cha: The word "cha" is used for tea in the following languages: Bengali/Bangla, Cantonese, Korean, Sinhalese, and Tibetan. Variations on "cha" include Mandarin (in which cha is pronounced with the a in a rising tone), Somali (shaah), Thai (chah), Tibetan (in which cha is sometimes pronounced ja), North Vietnamese (che) and South Vietnamese (in which tra is sometimes pronounced cha or ja). Chai: Languages that pronounce tea as "chai": Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bulgarian, Hindi, Macedonian, Persian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Turkish and Urdu. Languages with variations on "chai" include similar pronunciations Arabic (shai), Croatian (chai), Czech (cha-i), Georgian (châi), Greek (tsai), Romanian (ceai), Serbian (chai), Swahili (cha-i), Thai (chah), Ukrainian (chay) and Wolof (achai). Tea: The word tea is used in Basque, English, Hungarian (in which the plural of tea is teak) and Tamil. Variations of the word tea include tee (Afrikaans and Finnish), thee (Dutch), teo (Esperanto) and der Tee (German). Té: Té is the word for tea in Catalan, Galician and Haitian Creole. Variation of this word for tea includes le thé (French), tae (Irish), teja (pronounced tay-ya; Latvian), Téi (Luxembourgish), la té (pronounced tay; Spanish) and tey (Yiddish). Te: Te (pronounced teh) is the word for tea in Armenian, Danish, Italian, Icelandic, Maltese, Norwegian, Swedish and Welsh. The word for tea is teh in Hebrew, Indonesian and Malay.