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Tea is very popular in Japan. Regardless of age or sex, people relish having tea with/after meals or snacks. Well, do you know how to say tea in Japanese? Okay, here's the answer:

ocha
おちゃ
お茶

Meaning:

tea

Pronunciation:

First, see the word as "o-cha. Don't pronounce "o" as "ou," as in open, since there is no "u" sound in "ocha." It should be like a shorter sound of "oh."

Second, "cha" should be easy to pronounce because it's just like cha-cha.

Finally, combine "o" and "cha," and pronounce the word slightly staccato.

Tips:

You may want to learn words:

ryoku-cha
りょくちゃ
緑茶
(green tea)

* Japanese people enjoy different kinds of tea, but green tea has been among the most popular kinds for a long time.

koucha (kohcha, or kocha)
こうちゃ
紅茶
(British tea; black tea)


Here are three useful expressions:

1) Ocha nomu?
おちゃのむ?
お茶飲む?
(Do you want some tea?)

* This expression is informal. Avoid using this when talking to people who are senior to you.

2) Ocha demo nomimasuka? (formal)
おちゃでものみますか?
お茶でも飲みますか?
(Would you like to have tea or something?)


3) Ocha (wo) kudasai. (a polite way to ask for tea)
(May I have some tea?)

* "Cha" alone literally means tea.

If you are interested in learning about the Japanese Tea Ceremony, please refer to the following link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_tea_ceremony

I had a chance to experience the Japanese Tea Ceremony when I was a kid, but it was difficult and frustrating because of all the strict rules that I had to observe. I just wanted guzzle my tea!

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