Let’s have tea together!
A few years ago, I visited the country of the Solomon Islands. On my trip I went to a small village. I met the chief of the village. He was very kind and asked me to have dinner with him the next day.
The next day, I went to his house at 6:30pm ready for dinner. He was surprised to see me! He said, “We have finished dinner! We ate it at 1pm this afternoon!”
WHY DID THIS CONFUSION HAPPEN?
In his culture, dinner was the meal in the middle of the day! He ate it at noon!
In my culture, dinner is eaten at night!
We both used the SAME WORD, but we were talking about DIFFERENT things!
IS THAT STRANGE?
No it is not strange! There are actually many words for meals. They can be used differently in different parts of the world! Let’s look at some:
- dinner – can be eaten at noon or night time
- tea – is eaten at night time (like dinner!)
- lunch – eaten at noon
- supper – eaten at night time
- afternoon tea – and afternoon snack
- morning tea – a mid-morning snack
Do you know all these words? What words do you use for meals in your country?
If someone asked to come to their house for tea:
- What time would you go?
- What kind of food and drink do you think they would have?
Put your answer in the comments!