#17 – Chinese Zodiac

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First paragraph

Zodiac is translated into Yellow Way Belt in Chinese astronomy. It is an imaginary band of the sky containing the positions of the sun, the moon and the main planets.

However, the Chinese Zodiac is translated from the two characters Sheng Xiao, which mean Living Resemblance. These two words, Sheng Xiao, symbolize the twelve different animals which represent the Chinese Zodiac. People born in the year of the dragon, for instance, are believed to possess the characteristics of a dragon.

The twelve animals are rat , ox , tiger , rabbit , dragon , snake , horse ,ram , monkey , rooster , dog , and pig . These animal years invariably follow one another in this order. For example, the year of the ox is always preceded by the year of the rat and followed by the year of the tiger .

The dragon is one of the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac. People born in 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988 and 2000 were all born in the year of the dragon. Dragon people are energetic, popular, fun-loving, honest and brave. They appear stubborn but are soft-hearted and sensitive. They are most compatible with people born in the year of the Rat , the Snake , the Monkey or the Rooster .

Chinese Translation:

Zodiac is translated into Yellow Way Belt (黄 huanǵ 道 daò 带 dai) in Chinese astronomy. It is an imaginary band of the sky containing the positions of the sun, the moon and the main planets.

However, the Chinese Zodiac is translated from the two characters Sheng Xiao (生 shenḡ 肖xiaō), which mean Living Resemblance. These two words, 生 肖, symbolize the twelve different animals动物which represent the Chinese Zodiac. People born in the year of the dragon龙, for instance, are believed to possess the characteristics of a dragon龙.

The twelve animals 动物 are rat 鼠, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake 蛇, horse 马, ram, monkey 猴, rooster 鸡, dog, and pig. These animal 动物 years 年 invariably follow one another in this order. For example, the year 年of the ox is always preceded by the year 年of the rat 鼠 and followed by the year 年 of the tiger.

The dragon 龙 is one of the twelve 十二 animals 动物 of the Chinese Zodiac 生肖。People 人 born in 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988 and 2000 were all born in the year 年 of the dragon 龙。 Dragon 龙 people 人 are energetic, popular, fun-loving, honest (诚 chenǵ 实 shí) and brave (勇 yonǵ 敢 gaň ). They 他们 appear stubborn (顽 wań 固 gù)but are soft-hearted ( 心 xin̄ 软 ruaň) and sensitive (敏 miń 感 gaň). They 他 们 are most compatible with people 人born in the year 年 of the Rat (鼠 shǔ), the Snake (蛇 shé), the Monkey (猴 hoú) or the Rooster ( 鸡 jī).


Vocabulary

1. Page 6 = 第 dì 六 liù 页 yè

2. First paragraph = 第 dì 一 yī 段 duaǹ

3. Zodiac = Yellow Way Belt 黄 道 带

Yellow = 黄huanǵ

Way = 道daò

Belt = 带dai ( Also means zone or area)

4. Chinese Zodiac = Living resemblance 生肖

Living = 生shenḡ (Also means give birth to )

Resemblance = 肖xiaō

5. Rat = 鼠 shǔ

6. Snake = 蛇 shé

7. Monkey = 猴 hoú

8. Rooster = 鸡 jī

9. Honest = 诚 chenǵ 实shí

10. Brave = 勇yonǵ 敢gaň

11. Stubborn = 顽 wań 固 gù

12. Soft –hearted = 心xin̄ 软ruaň

心 xin̄ means heart

软 ruaň means soft

13. Sensitive = 敏miń 感 gaň