"Time for Tea"
are all quite popular phrases here in New Zealand. I'm told we have our British friends across the pond to thank/blame for this phenomena.
imagine my surprise when the term "Having Tea" is spoken and does not necessarily mean: break out the mug and tea accessories and have a cup of warm cheer.
having tea means, food. making tea generally means eating dinner.
the US equivalency is as follows:
Breakfast = morning tea
Lunch = lunch
Dinner = tea
Other specific instances when tea is actually made part of the work day happen at 10am and 3pm, like clockwork. it's quite amazing actually. i think the 10am and 3pm tea times are called "tea", but I'm not
Also of note, you can drink whatever you like for "tea", i typically have plunger coffee. which actually has nothing to do with a plumbing tool, rather a coffee press. and since I'd rather lick the bottom of my shoe than have instant coffee, i am always emptying or refilling a coffee press.
don't worry, after almost 5 months, I'm still quite confused. oh and parties are called "do's" but I'll get on to explaining that a bit later.