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Here at Spiritwood we have specific rules for how to spell the many names, places, and tea words that we borrow from Chinese. This document is a reference for our spelling system as well as a basic pronunciation guide.    Did you know that the English word Tea comes from the Min language of Southern China? Dutch traders borrowed "Thee" after arriving in Taiwan in 1624. The Mandarin word for tea is cha, and it is Mandarin that most Chinese tea words come to us from.   茶 = chá   Let's look at this word, chá. All Mandarin Chinese words can...

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