How to say coffee / tea in Russian: kofe / chay

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How to say coffee / tea in Russian: kofe / chay

Learning Russian for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say coffee / tea in Russian: kofe / chay
Say it out loud: “koh fye / chay

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Some more helpful words in our Russian Dining Basics,Drinks category:

...a glass of – bokal…  (bah kahl…)
...a liter of – litr…  (lee tr…)
...beer – piva  (pee vah)
...red/white wine – krasnogo / belogo vina  (crah snah vah / bye lah vah vee nah)
beer / wine – pivo / vino  (pee vah / vee noh)
beverage – napitki  (nah peet kee)
bottled water – voda  (vah dah)
business hours – priyomnye chasy  (pree yom nye che sy)
carbonated water – gazirovannaya voda  (gah zee roh vah nah ya vah dah)
casual restaurant – bar  (bar)
check – shchyot  (shchyot)
coffee / tea – kofe / chay  (koh fye / chay)
grocery store – produktovyu magazin  (prah dooc toh vyu mah gah zeen)
hot water – goryachaya voda  (gah rya chah ya vah dah)
marketplace – rynok  (ry nak)
menu – menyu  (mye nyu)
no ice – bez l'da  (bye zohl dah)
restaurant – restoran  (rye stah rahn)
service charge – plata za obsluzhivaniye  (plah tah zah ah p sloo zhy vah nee ye)
table for two – stolik na dvoih  (stoh leek nah dvah eeh)
tip – chayevye  (che ye vye)
… a bottle of – butylku…  (boo tyl coo…)
….house wine – domashnego vina  (dah mah sh nye vah vee nah)

And here’s how to say coffee / tea in other languages!

Arabic–Kahwa / Shay  (kah wa / shay)
Chinese–Kāfēi /Chá  (Ka Fay / Cha)
Croatian–kava / čaj  (kah vuh / chai)
Czech–káva / čaj  (KAH vah / chai)
Finnish–kahvi / tee  (kahh vih / teh eh)
French–café / thé  (café / tay)
German–kaffe / tee  (coffee / tea)
Italian–caffè / tè  (caff fay / tay)
Japanese–Kōhī / Koucha  (Kooh Heeh / Kow Cha)
Korean–Keopi / Cha  (Coffe / Cha)
Polish–kawa / herbata  (kha' va / her ba' ta)
Portuguese–Café/Chá  (kah fay/shaa)
Russian–kofe / chay  (koh fye / chay)
Spanish–café / té  (kah fay / tay)
Swahili–kahawa / chai  (kah ha wah / chai)
Thai–Kafae/Cha  (gah feh/chah)
Turkish–kahve / çay  (ka huh vay / chai)
Vietnamese–Cá Phê / Trà  (Ga Fe / Tra)

In many cultures it's common to be asked "will you have "coffee / tea" (kofe / chay)?" Once you order for breakfast, your tour agent or reception may ask the same question so as to know what to serve you for the duration you are there. Get instant access to the Russian Language Set.

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