May 16, 2012
十二生肖 Shi Er Sheng Xiao (12 animals / Chinese Zodiac)
(Illustration by Oliver W. 奧利弗)
十二生肖（shí èr shēng xiào）The Chinese Animal Zodiac
Chinese people use 12 animals to distinguish years; every year, there is an animal representing the year; for example, this year, the representative is "dragon." Since Chinese people consider dragon as a saint animal,
many people try to give birth during this year and want to have a dragon baby. N' next year will be the year of snake. I believe the number of new born will shrink next year, 'cause lots of people don't like snake.
很久丶很久以前，玉皇大帝举办了一场动物渡河比赛，选出了十二种动物做为年份的代表。 获选的动物分别如下：鼠 Rat丶牛 Ox丶虎 Tiger丶兔 Rabbit丶龙 Dragon丶蛇 Snake丶马 Horse丶羊 Sheep丶猴 Monkey丶鸡 Rooster丶狗 Dog丶猪 Pig
Once upon the time, the Jade Emperor held a river crossing contest, there were 12 winners (12 animals); each of these 12 animals was responsible for represent each year... These 12 animals are: 鼠 Rat丶牛 Ox丶虎 Tiger丶兔 Rabbit丶龙 Dragon丶蛇 Snake丶马 Horse丶羊 Sheep丶猴 Monkey丶鸡 Rooster丶狗 Dog丶猪 Pig
nǐ shǔ shén me nǐ de shēng xiào shì shén me
你属什麽? = 你的生肖是什麽?
What animal sign were you born under?
wǒ shǔ lǎo shǔ wǒ de shēng xiào shì lǎo shǔ
我属老鼠 = 我的生肖是老鼠
I was born in the year of the Rat. Mine is the Rat.
What's your Sheng Xiao?
If you was born in 1982, your sheng xiao is "dog"; if you was born in 1983, your sheng xiao is "pig"; if you was born in 1984, your sheng xiao is "mouse"... and this year (2012), the animal for this year is "dragon"
Following is a great website which help you find out what your Sheng Xiao is...
- Zao an! Wu an! Wan an! (Good morning / afternoon / night)
- Ni Zhen Shuai (You are handsome)
- Xin Ku Le (Thank you for your hard work)
- Greeting: chi bao le ma? (Are you full? = How are you?)
- Wo er shi sui (I am 20 years old)
- There are different types of cousins in Chinese! How to call your cousin in Chinese? Check it out!