Thursday, February 16, 2012

tea time

"Time for Tea"
"Having Tea"
"Making 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
entirely certain.

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.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Sara. I found the same confusion living in England. Plus they "organize" everything, a cake(sponge), a party etc. I found you were already supposed to know when you were invited for tea, what time you should show up. I had to ask. I did find that "High Tea" is more formal because it is served at a high table, like a dinner table. Otherwise you hold things on your lap or use little, low tea tables. It may take the right genes.