Interesting--this is word for ¨tea¨ in Mandarin Chinese, as well. Well, the orthography is the same. The ¨ch¨ is pronounced like the ¨ch¨ in ¨chair.¨
The words for tea are actually fascinating aren't they! - across asia it is a version of 'cha' (i.e. 'chai' in india), and then in europe it ranges from te´ to the´ to tea, with the occasional cha thrown in for good measure.
I like Night being N-eight in maaany languages.
Noite - N-oito - Portuguese
Nacht - N-acht - German
Notte - N-otto - Italian
Noche - N-ocho - Spanish
Nuit - N-huit - French
Tea in japanese is (o-)cha too. In the 16. Century the whole world (europe excluded) was seperated in a spanish and a portugues part. Japan and everything eastwards became potugues terrain. In Japan the word for bread is also pan.