The Chinese character for Tea is 茶 , but it is pronounced differently in the various Chinese dialects.
Two pronunciations have made their way into other languages around the world. One is tê, which comes from the Chinese Min Nan dialect. The other is chá, used by the Cantonese dialect spoken around the ports of Guangzhou (Canton), Hong Kong, Macau, and in overseas Chinese communities, as well as in the Mandarin dialect of northern China.
The Portuguese and the Dutch, the original and major importers of Tea to Europe and the Middle East, mainly influenced the other European languages. Every language either have a cha or tê derived word.
And… because you might find yourself in a different country and in need of a cup of Tea here is a list of the word Tea in 60 different languages:
Albanian: caj (pronounced chai)
Arabic: chai or shai
Azerbaijani: caj (pronounced chai)
Chinese (Cantonese): cha
Chinese (Mandarin): cha
Croatian: caj (pronounced chai)
Czech: caj (pronounced cha-i)
German: der Tee
Haitian Creole: té
Hungarian: tea (plural: teak)
Italian: te (pronounced teh)
Latvian: teja (pronounced tay-ya)
Macedonian: chaj (pronounced chai)
Persian: chay (pronounced chai in most areas)
Serbian: caj (pronounced chai)
Sinhalese (Sri Lanka): thé
Slovak: caj (pronounced chai)
Slovenian: caj (pronounced chai)
Swahili: chai (pronounced cha-i)
Tamil (Sri Lanka): tea
Thai: chah (chah yen refers to Thai iced tea)
Tibetan: cha or ja
Turkish: cay (pronounced chai)
Ukrainian: chaj (pronounced chay)
(North) Vietnamese: che
(South) Vietnamese: tra (sometimes pronounced cha or ja)
Wolof: achai (pronounced uh-chuy)
Happy cha or tê Break!