English Reading Practice #13 - What's your Chinese star sign?
Hello again and, as always, thanks as always for reading our blog.
When were you born?
In English, we can answer this question several ways.
The most common is the date.
I was born on the 25th of January.
We might just say the month.
I was born in January.
Often we also talk about our generation.
I was born in the 80's.
I was born in the Bubble Period of Japan.
We can talk about our Chinese star sign, too!
I was born in the year of the rabbit.
The Chinese Zodiac is based on the Lunar Calendar! But what are English the names of the animals in the Chinese Zodiac?
- Rat (a type of big mouse)
- Ox (a type of strong cow)
- Rooster (male chicken)
- Boar (a type of wild pig)
There's a Western Zodiac as well, based on the Lunar Calendar as well, but instead of years the star signs are separated by months.
- Aries (sheep)
- Taurus (bull)
- Gemini (twins)
- Cancer (crab)
- Leo (lion)
- Virgo (maden)
- Libra (scales)
- Scorpio (scorpion)
- Sagittarius (archer)
- Capricorn (goat)
- Aquarius (water urn)
- Pisces (fish)
An easy way to tell someone you're star sign is to say:
I'm a rabbit!
I'm an aquarius!
If you're looking for a real challenge, check out this website and it's descriptions of the twelve personality types. Of course it's nonsense (日本語の説明：click here to find out why), so just read it with a grain of salt for a bit of fun and English practice.
So, tell us on social media, what's your star sign?
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