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REFUGEES FLEE US: A CBC reporter found a Somali refugee fleeing the US into Canada: “America is problem now.“

He is one of many refugees who have begun fleeing the US. http://bit.ly/2lrf4Jz

The refugee says he trekked for 21 hours in 0-degrees temps to seek asylum across the northern US border in Manitoba, Canada.

“How long have you been walking?”

“Since morning.”

“Do you know where you are? … Do you want to know? You’re in Canada.”

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Watch: This documentary covers the incredible journal of a woman who is about to become the first Somali-American elected to an American legislature

The series about the true stories of American immigrants is being produced by America Ferrera. A survivor of Somalia’s civil war, Ilhan spent four trying years in a Kenyan refugee camp before moving to the United States with her family at age 12. Her story only gets more inspiring from there.

Gifs: Refinery29/America Ferrera

WATCH THE VIDEO

I’m interested in the “’chai’ means tea” and “’chai’ is a type of tea, ‘tea’ means tea” divide in languages.

Team Chai:

  • Hindi - चाय (chaay)
  • Urdu - چائے (chai)
  • Arabic - شاي (shay)
  • Turkish - çay
  • Amharic - ሻይ (shayi)
  • Somali - shaah
  • Swahili - chai
  • Bosnian - čaj
  • Russian - чай (chai)
  • Greek - τσάι (tsai)
  • Chinese - 茶 (cha)
  • Thai - ชา (cha)
  • Portuguese - chá

Team Tea:

  • English - tea
  • German - tee
  • Danish - te
  • Dutch - thee
  • Africaans - tee
  • Yoruba - tii
  • Sudanese - téh
  • Hungarian - tea
  • French - thé
  • Italian - tè
  • Spanish - té

Team Neither:

  • Finnish - iltapäiväateria (also uses loanword ‘tee’)
  • Lithuanian - arbata
  • Japanese - お茶 (ocha)
  • Korean appears to use both 차 (cha) and 티 (ti)

My (completely unsupported, unresearched) theory is that Germanic and Romance languages tend toward the “tea” root, and other major language families tend toward “chai” especially languages spoken in largely Islamic areas (Arabic, Turkish, Amharic, Urdu) but there are many examples that break that pattern.

(Native speakers, please correct me! I do not speak these languages, can’t comment on everyday usage, and can only read Roman characters and Cyrillic. Google Translate was used for a large chunk of info.)