Astrology has fascinated people all over the world for many years. Many Chinese people strongly believe in the zodiac or star signs assigned to themselves or others. If you can talk about the zodiac in Mandarin Chinese, you’ll be sure to learn lots of interesting facts about the characteristics of different people—and then you can see if their character really matches their zodiac signs!
In this Podcast, you will learn:
(i) To ask which zodiac signs certain other people are
(ii) How to explain that zodiac signs define a person’s characteristics
Two colleagues are talking about zodiac signs:
(Zài kā fēi tīng)
(at the café)
A: Nà Nà hé tā lǎo gōng lí hūn le, nǐ zhī dào me?
Na Na and her husband divorced, did you know?
B: Zhī dào a. Wǒ zǎo jiù shuō ma, tā liǎ de xīng zuò bù xiāng pèi, bù kě néng cháng jiǔ.
Yes, I knew. I’ve told you that their zodiac signs are incompatible. Their relationship couldn’t last long.
A: Tā liǎ shì shén me xīng zuò de?
What are their zodiac signs?
B: Nà nà shì jù xiè zuò. Tā lǎo gōng shì shè shǒu zuò.
Na Na is Cancer. Her husband is Sagittarius.
A: Zhè liǎng gè xīng zuò wèi shén me bù xiāng pèi le?
Why are these two zodiac signs incompatible?
B: Jù xiè shì shí èr xīng zuò lǐ miàn zuì jū jiā de xīng zuò, shè shǒu tiān shēng chóng shàng zì yóu. Nǐ shuō tā liǎ zuì hòu néng zǒu dào yī qǐ me?
Cancer is the most family-comes-first zodiac sign amongst the twelve signs. Sagittarius is a freedom seeker by nature. You can tell me if they end up being together eventually.
Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:
十二星座：the twelve astrological zodiac signs
天枰：weight balance, weight scale
羯：male goat, male sheep
早就说：I’ve told you
崇尚：believe in, advocate
If you want to say ‘He is a family man’, you can say:
Tā hěn jū jiā/tā hěn ài jiā.
If you want to ask ‘what is your zodiac sign’, you can ask:
Nǐ shì shén me xīng zuò de?
To answer this question, you can say:
Wǒ de xīng zuò shì …
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