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  Lesson Thirty - Four      Twelve Zodiac Signs  
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  mei3 ge4 zhong1 guo2 ren2 dou1 you3 zi4 ji3 de5 shu3 xiang4 ma5?
每个中国人都有自己的属相吗?
Does every Chinese have his or her own animal sign?

dui4。sheng1 xiao4 shi4 zhong1 guo2 chuag2 tong3 wen2 hua4 de5 zhong4 yao4 zu3 cheng2 bu4 fen4。
对。生肖是中国传统文化的重要组成部分。
Yes. The zodiac is an important part of traditional Chinese culture.

sheng1 xiao4 zhi3 de5 shi4 na3 shi2 er4 zhong3 dong4 wu4?
生肖指的是哪十二种动物?
What are the 12 animals of the zodiac?

ta1 men5 shi4 shu3、niu2、hu3、tu4、long2、she2、ma3、yang2、hou2、ji1、gou3、zhu1。
它们是鼠、牛、虎、兔、龙、蛇、马、羊、猴、鸡、狗、猪。
They are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and boar.

jin1 nian2 shi4 shen2 me5 nian2?
今年是什么年?
What year is this year?

jin1 nian2 shi4 hou2 nian2。
今年是猴年。
This year is the Year of the Monkey.

na1 me5 ming2 nian2 jiu4 shi4 ji1 nian2 le5?
那么明年就是鸡年了?
So next year is the Year of the Rooster, isn't it?

dui4。ji1 nian2 shi3 yu2 2005 nian2 2 yue4 9 ri4 chun1 jie2。
对。鸡年始于2005年2月9日春节。
Yes. It will start with the Spring Festival on February 9, 2005.
(Note: "2005" Pinyin is "er4 ling2 ling2 wu3")
(Note: "2" Pinyin is "er4")
(Note: "9" Pinyin is "jiu3")

ni3 shi4 shu3 ji1 de5 ma5?
你是属鸡的吗?
Were you born in the Year of the Rooster?

bu4 shi4。wo3 shu3 hou2。jin1 nian2 shi4 wo3 de5 ben3 ming4 nian2。
不是。我属猴。今年是我的本命年。
No. I was born in the Year of the Monkey. This year is my animal year.

wo3 bi3 ni3 da4 liang3 sui4,wo3 ying1 gai1 shi4 shu3......?
我比你大两岁,我应该是属......?
I am two years older than you, do I was born in the Year of...?

ni3 ying1 gai1 shi4 shu3 ma3。
你应该是属马。
You were born in the Year of the Horse.
 
       
  Background  
  The Chinese zodiac, or Shengxiao, is composed of 12 animals, each of which symbolizes a lunar year. Benmingnian  means the year of the animal in which one is born. It is a traditional way to calculate one's age. Shengxiao is also the source of many traditional customs and newer trends, and the animals are popular images that are seen everywhere.

中国的生肖由十二种不同的动物组成,其中每一个动物符号都代表一年。而本命年即为你所出生的那一动物年。我们通常使用这种传统的方法来计算一个人的年龄。生肖同时也是影响很多传统习俗和时代潮流的一个很重要因素,所以你在很多地方都可以看到那些让人喜爱的动物图片。
 
       
  Words and Phrases  
 

生肖

sheng1 xiao4

symbolic animal of one's birth year

属相

shu3 xiang4

same meaning as Shengxiao

传统

chuan2 tong3

tradition; traditional

动物

dong4 wu4

animal

shu3

rat

niu2

ox

hu3

tiger

tu4

rabbit

long2

dragon

she2

snake

ma3

horse

yang2

sheep

hou2

monkey

ji1

rooster

gou3

dog

zhu1

pig

本命年

ben3 ming4 nian2

the year of the animal in which one was born

 

 

 

 
       
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