#TIL : The word for "tea" in your language depends on how it reached your country from China- by water or by road.

The words that sound like “cha” spread across land, along the Silk Road. The “tea”-like words spread over water, by Dutchs bringing the tea leaves to Europe.
The term cha (茶) is “Sinitic,” meaning it is common to many varieties of Chinese. It began in China and made its way through central Asia, eventually becoming “chay” (چای) in Persian, chay in Urdu, shay in Arabic, and chay in Russian through trade routes of the Silk Road.
However, in the Min Nan variety of Chinese, spoken in the coastal province of Fujian, the same term is pronounced as 'te'.  The te form spread to Europe via the Dutch ships, who traded tea between Europe and Asia in the 17 century giving us French thé, German Tee & English tea.
There are very few languages have their own way of talking about tea,,vplaces where tea grows naturally, which led locals to refer indigenous names to it. In Burmese, for example, tea leaves are called 'lakphak'.
To me, what's fascinating about this cross country trade is that it's always more than just goods and services. Sometimes, it carries cultures and civilizations, crossing seas and deserts alike.
Of course, excluding the American "Chai Tea" which is an unnecessary alliteration, feel free to add any local phrase/word for tea you have heard or used in a certain language. :-)
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