In China, great importance is placed on the 12 signs of the Zodiac and which animal the year of your birth represents. It is said these can illustrate your characteristics and affect the type of person you are.

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(1) How to say the 12 signs of the Chinese Zodiac

(2) How to ask and answer what Chinese Zodiac sign you are

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

1.生肖(属相):Chinese Zodiac, animal signs

Cultural note 1: in the Chinese Zodiac, different animals have different strengths and characteristics, but there is no bad meaning attached to any of these animals. Nowadays, the younger generation don’t really pay much attention the Chinese Zodiac although, during Chinese New Year, you can still hear people talk about the animal of the coming year. For example, February 2016 is the start of the Year of the Monkey.

Cultural note 2: following are the years of the Chinese Zodiac and the animal each year represents.

兔(Rabbit):2011. 1999. 1987. 1975. 1963. 1951. 1939. 1927. 1915.

虎(Tiger):2010. 1998. 1986. 1974. 1962. 1950. 1938. 1926. 1914.

牛(Ox):2009. 1997. 1985. 1973. 1961. 1949. 1937. 1925. 1913.

鼠(Rat):2008. 1996. 1984. 1972. 1960. 1948. 1936. 1924. 1912.

猪(Pig):2007. 1995. 1983. 1971. 1959. 1947. 1935. 1923. 1911.

狗(Dog):2006. 1994. 1982. 1970. 1958. 1946. 1934. 1922. 1910.

鸡(Rooster):2005. 1993. 1981. 1969. 1957. 1945. 1933. 1921. 1909.

猴(Monkey):2004. 1992. 1980. 1968. 1956. 1944. 1932. 1920. 1908.

羊(Sheep or Goat):2003. 1991. 1979. 1967. 1955. 1943. 1931. 1919. 1907.

马(Horse);2002. 1990. 1978. 1966. 1954. 1942. 1930. 1918. 1906.

蛇(Snake):2001. 1989. 1977. 1965. 1953. 1941. 1929. 1917. 1905.

龙(Dragon):2000. 1988. 1976. 1964. 1952. 1940. 1928. 1916. 1904.

2. 今年是什么年 or 今年的生肖是什么?What is the Chinese Zodiac for this year?

3. 今年是()年:This year is the year of ( )

Eg. 今年是猴年:This year is the year of the Monkey

4. 你是属什么的?What is your Chinese Zodiac (animal) sign? Or in short: 你属什么?

5. 我是属()的:My animal sign is the ()

Or in short: 我属()

Eg. 我是属猪的 or 我属猪:My animal sign is the Pig

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Narrated by Song Liu

Our Podcast narrator, is a native Chinese speaker and is originally from Beijing, China and is keen to help you get ahead with learning. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Song also hosted a Mandarin live call-in news and music radio show in the Bay Area.

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