Posted by Adina at Arbor Teas on December 09, 2010
In this edition of our guide to the proper pronunciation of Chinese tea terms, we address another major tea term for you: "oolong tea"!
Meaning: The first character on it's own means "raven" or "crow",and the second means "dragon". Together they represent the term for a most-beloved category of teas: oolongs!
Pronunciation: The pronunciation of "乌" is similar to the first part of the Chinese term for pu-erh ("普" ), except without the "p" sound at the beginning. The intonation is high and flat. The second word is pronounced like the English word "lone", with an "-ng" sound at the end. And, like many of the terms we've reviewed thus far, the second word rises in pitch like the end of a question in English.
By now, we've covered the pronunciation of nearly all of the most fundamental Chinese tea terms! Next up: jasmine tea!