How to say coffee / tea in Swahili: kahawa / chai

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How to say coffee / tea in Swahili: kahawa / chai

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

To say coffee / tea in Swahili: kahawa / chai
Say it out loud: “kah ha wah / chai

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

...a glass of – bilauri ya  (bee lah uh ree)
...a liter of – lita ya  (lee tah yah)
...beer – bia  (beer)
...red/white wine – mvinyo nyekundu/nyeupe  (mm vee n’yoh n’yeh koo n’doo/n’yeh oo peh)
beer / wine – pombe / mvinyo  (pōm bay / m vee' nyoh)
beverage – kinywaji  (keen wah jee)
bottled water – chupa ya maji  (choo pah yah ma jee)
business hours – masaa ya biashara  (ma sah ya bee ah sha rah)
carbonated water – maji ya kaboni  (ma jee yah kah bo’ nee)
casual restaurant – hoteli  (hoh teh lee)
check – ankar  (ahn kar)
coffee / tea – kahawa / chai  (kah ha wah / chai)
grocery store – soko la mboga  (soh koh lah mmboh gah)
hot water – maji moto  (ma jee mo’ toh)
marketplace – soko  (soh koh)
menu – menu  (may noo)
no ice – bila barafu  (bee lah bah rah foo)
restaurant – mkahawa  (mm kah hah wah)
service charge – huduma ya malipo  (hoo do ma ya ma lee po)
table for two – meza ya wawili  (meh za yah wah wee’ lee)
tip – bakshishi  (bahk shee shee)
water – maji  (ma jee)
… a bottle of – chupa ya  (choo pah yah)
….house wine – mvinyo nyumba  (mm vee n’yoh n’yoo mm bah)

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" (kahawa / chai)?" 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 Swahili Language Set.

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