One of my goals in life is to be able to greet someone in 15 different languages. So here is my list on how to say hello in 15 different languages:
- Hallo/Guten Tag/Servus-German
- 你好 (nĭ hăo)-Mandarin Chinese
- こんにちは (konnichiwa)-Japanese
- 안녕하세요 (anyeonghaseyo)-Korean
- नमस्ते (namaste)-Hindi
- привет (privet)-Russian
- مرحبا (marhaba)-Arabic
Last Friday, I was able to try a type ofTurkish tea known as çay (pronounced chai). There is a Turkish girl in one of classes and she brought in some Turkish Black Sea tea for my class to try. Below is a picture of my cup of Turkish Black Sea tea and some Israeli crackers that my teacher so happened to have (which tasted like animal crackers).
Anyways, tea is a very popular drink in Turkey and is also very important to the Turkish culture. For the Turkish, tea could be a daily routine, a welcome gesture, a simple moment of happiness, etc. People drink it daily. They [can] drink it at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is usually served in a tulip-shaped glass with a little spoon and cubes. Like I said before, çay is a type of Turkish tea. Çay is the national tea of Turkey. It is a black tea, which is produced at the Black Sea coast.
Çay is prepared in a two stacked kettle known as çaydanlık. The lower, larger kettle filled with water is brought to a boil, which half is then added to the upper, smaller kettle with tea leaves, meanwhile, turn the heat down for the remaining water at the bottom. The remaining water on the bottom is used to dilute the tea. If you order çay at a Turkish restaurant or somewhere in Turkey, be sure to tell them açık ah-chuk (weak) or koyu koh-yoo (strong) . Tea can be served with sugar cubes (never milk), but it’s all based on personal preference. For example: I used sugar with my tea, but the Turkish girl said she drinks her tea plain. I drank the tea before I added sugar, and it was too bitter for my taste. Don’t let that discourage you though!
çay with sugar cubes
If you ever get the opportunity to drink çay, try it. You may not like it at first, but it is an acquiring taste.