August 17, 2016



It's like... Ukrainian: чай Russian: чай Belarusian: чай Czech: čaj Slovak: čaj Bulgarian: чай Serbian: чаj Croatian: čaj Bosnian: čaj Makedonian: чай Polish: … Czech: Polish nO. Czech: YOU DON'T-- Polish: HERBATA! All the family: oh, the little rebel!

Meanwhile in Belarusian is still two variants for tea: чай (czaj) and гарбата (harbata).

August 17, 2016


On the other hand, "czajnik" is "kettle".

August 18, 2016


And "herbatnik" is "biscuit".

August 18, 2016


Is there a difference between ch and h? 'Cause it sounds like cherbata.

January 24, 2017


"h" and "ch" are the same sound, it's a matter of orthography. If you wrote "cherbata" you would look like an uneducated Polish person. Luckily it seems that learners almost don't make orthographic mistakes because they learn the writing anyway :D

P.S. Actually, people living near the Eastern or Southern border may pronounce them a bit differently, true. "h" would be more voiced then. But it's regional.

January 25, 2017
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