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

Dialogue:

Two colleagues are talking about zodiac signs:

(在咖啡厅)

(Zài kā fēi tīng)

(at the café)

A:娜娜和她老公离婚了,你知道么?

A: Nà Nà hé tā lǎo gōng lí hūn le, nǐ zhī dào me?

Na Na and her husband divorced, did you know?

B:知道啊。我早就说嘛,他俩的星座不相配,不可能长久。

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:他俩是什么星座的?

A: Tā liǎ shì shén me xīng zuò de?

What are their zodiac signs?

B:娜娜是巨蟹座。她老公是射手座。

B: Nà nà shì jù xiè zuò. Tā lǎo gōng shì shè shǒu zuò.

Na Na is Cancer. Her husband is Sagittarius.

A:这两个星座为什么不相配了?

A: Zhè liǎng gè xīng zuò wèi shén me bù xiāng pèi le?

Why are these two zodiac signs incompatible?

B:巨蟹是12星座里面最居家的星座,射手天生崇尚自由。你说他俩最后

能走到一起么?

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

水瓶座:Aquarius

水:water

瓶:bottle

双鱼座:Pisces

双:double

鱼:fish

白羊座:Aries

白:white

羊:goat/sheep

金牛座:Taurus

金:gold

牛:ox

双子座:Gemini

双子:two people

巨蟹座:Cancer

巨:giant

蟹:crab

狮子座:Leo

狮子:lion

处女座:Virgo

处女:virgin

天秤座:Libra

天枰:weight balance, weight scale

天蝎座:Scorpio

蝎:scorpion

射手座:Sagittarius

射手:shooter, archer

摩羯座:Capricorn

羯:male goat, male sheep

老公:husband

离婚:divorce

早就说:I’ve told you

星座:zodiac sign

不相配:incompatible

长久:long-lasting

居家:family person

天生:born with

崇尚:believe in, advocate

自由:freedom

最后:eventually

走到一起:be together

Cultural/Grammar note:

If you want to say ‘He is a family man’, you can say:

他很居家/他很爱家。

Tā hěn jū jiā/tā hěn ài jiā.

If you want to ask ‘what is your zodiac sign’, you can ask:

你是什么星座的?

Nǐ shì shén me xīng zuò de?

To answer this question, you can say:

我的星座是……

Wǒ de xīng zuò shì …

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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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