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How to say coffee around the world?

The history of the coffee plant itself is pretty wild as it meandered its way across the world from East Africa to the Middle East to Europe and further on to the Americas & Asias. How to say coffee around the world?

Have you ever wondered how to say coffee in different languages? How to say coffee around the world? This is the tour around the world to learn how to say coffee in other languages. In English the word is coffee, which has its origins in the 16th-century. It derives from the Italian caffe, the Turkish kahve, and the Arabic qahwah. A few other languages the same word or a derivative:

Urdu – coffee

Welsh – coffi

In many languages throughout the world the word is pronounced in a very similar manner.

Afrikaans – koffie (pronounced coffee)

Dutch – koffie (pronounced coffee)

Esperanto – kafo

German – der Kaffee (pronounced kah-FEE; masculine; the “K” is capitalized because all German nouns are capitalized)

Finnish – kahvi

Hindi – kofi (pronounced KOH-fee)

Russian – kofe (pronounced koe-fee)

Café (pronounced ka-FEY) is used more widely than coffee and a variety of languages prefer it. Using  café when traveling around the world is always good.

Italian – caffe

French – café

Spanish – el café

Bengali/Bangla – café

Catalan – cafe

Galician – café

Irish – caife

Portuguese – café

Romanian –cafea (pronounced café-ah)

Thai – kafea or ca-fea

Vietnamese – ca phe (pronounced ka FEY) or cafe

Many languages prefer to use a ‘k’ instead oc “c” in café, though the pronunciation rarely changes.

Albanian – kafe (pronounced KA-fey)

Basque – kafea or akeuta

Bulgarian –kafe

Creole – kafe

Danish: kaffe (pronounced kah-FEY)

Greek – kafés (pronounced ka-FACE)

Haitian Creole – kafe (pronounced kah-FEY)

Hebrew – ka-feh

Macedonian – kafe

Maltese – kafe

Norwegian – kaffe

Swedish – kaffe

Wolof – kafe

European languages use a softer ending, like ‘fee’ rather than ‘fay.

Icelandic – kaffii’

Latvian – kafija (pronounced ka-fee-ya)

Luxembourgish – Kaffi (like in German, all nouns are capitalized)

The languages of China and its neighbors are interesting.

Chinese (Cantonese) – ga feh

Chinese (Mandarin) – kafei

Taiwanese – ka fei

Ethiopian Amharic – buna (pronounced boona)

Ethiopian Semitic – bunna, buni, or bun

Arabic – qahioa, qahua or qahwe

‘Kava’ is a very popular word for coffee. Taking from the Arabic word qahwah, the Turkish word kahveh developed. This led to many of the Eastern European languages using the word kava for coffee.

Turkish – kahveh (pronounced kah-VEY)

Belarusian – kava

Croatian – kava

Czech – kava (pronounced kaava) or kafe

Lithuanian – kava

Polish – kawa (pronounced kava)

Slovakian – kava (pronounced kah-va)

Ukrainian – kavy or kava

Georgian – qava or chai

Hungarian – kavé (pronounced KAH-vey)

Serbian – kafa

Slovenian – kave

Yiddish – kave

As we move into the islands of the Pacific Ocean, there are more variations of kopi.

Filipino/Tagalog – kape

Hawaiian – kope

Indonesian – kopi

Korean – keopi or ko-pyi

Malay – kawah or koppi

Sinhalese (Sri Lanka) – kopi

Tamil (Sri Lanka) – kapi-kottai or kopi

There are even more ways to say coffee.You can see some similarities with the more popular derivatives, but they are unique.

Armenian – surch (pronounced suurch) or sourdj

Estonian – kohv

Japanese – koohii

Ojibwe – muckadaymashkikiwabu (literally mean “black medicine water” in the language of the Anishinabek Native Americans)

Persian – qéhvé

Swahili kahawa

Zulu – ikhofi

The meaning of coffee is a drink made from the roasted and ground beanlike seeds of a tropical shrub, served hot or iced. The shrub of the bedstraw family that yields the coffee seeds, two of which are contained in each red berry. Native to the Old World tropics, most coffee is grown in tropical America.

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