Where the words “Tea” and “Chai” came from?


In different regions of the globe people Usually use different words for tea but there are some amazing similarities in these words because almost all of these words are derived from only two origins. Why they call it these particular words? there are particular reasons & history behind these words. Some call it “tea” while others call it “cha” or “chai” & they have two groups & both have Chinese origin.
Recent studies show that tea’s origin was China. It is also believed that India or Taiwan or other neighbor areas can also be included in the first known areas where tea was produced in ancient times. Due to its bitter taste it was called “tu”, which was used for bitter vegetables. In 7th century this word was changed to “te” & in different Chinese dialects its translated as “cha”. There are China’s two languages where from the both words are derived, Sinitic & Min Nan. the both are varieties of languages, in Sinitic its called “cha” & in Min Nan its called “te”. If tea reached to us through sea than we call it “tea”, “tee”, “te” or “thee” other wise we would name it as”cha”, “chai” “chay” or “shay”. In Chinese coastal regions they call it “te” because they use Min Nan dialect. The Silk road is also being used for thousands of years to supply tea to other regions of the world & its supply centers are the Chinese areas where Sinitic dialect is used & they call it “cha”.

Sources:
https://qz.com/1176962/map-how-the-word-tea-spread-over-land-and-sea-to-conquer-the-world/
http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/ce/Museum/Arts/7thingsabouttea/en/ch1_4_0.htm

 

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thedawn

chai means tea

7 months ago
thedawn

good innovative post

7 months ago
monajam

This is a question that I often have as well. People from South East Asia, especially from India and Pakistan use Chai for tea. They make it a little different. They boil milk+ sugar and then add English tea in it and boil again, and then cook it on low heat. In starbucks, you can find chai, but it has some spices as well. In Netherlands, where I live, people make different type of tea; they just put a tea bag in boiling water, and that's it.

7 months ago