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How to Say the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals in Chinese

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HOW TO SAY CHINESE ZODIAC ANIMALS IN CHINESE

ln Chinese culture, there are 12 Chinese Zodiac animals. They come in a cycle of 12 years, and each year has its own animal symbol. The year 2017 is the year of Rooster, 鸡 jī. If you were born during the year of Rooster, then your Chinese Zodiac is Rooster. Some people believe that a person's personality is partly decided by their Zodiac animal. It is also said that each animal has their own best-matching animals. Watch and learn with this blog on how to say Chinese Zodiac animals in Chinese. Read about the "personality" of your animal and which animals are your best matches!

LESSON NOTES


How to Say What Your Chinese Zodiac Animals in Chinese

你属什么? nǐ shǔ shén me

In Chinese means "to belong to". When you ask a person which Chinese Zodiac year they were born in, you can say "你属什么?" This literally means "you belong to what (zodiac sign year)".

我属…… wǒ shǔ...

If you want to say "I was born in the year of..." in Chinese, you can say "我属...". Literally, it mean "I belong to the year of ..."

How to Say Chinese Zodiac Animals in Chinese

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鼠 | 鼠 shǔ Rat

Birth Year: 2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924, 1912
Personality: 敏锐 mǐnruì perceptive | 乐观 lè guān positive
Best Match: 龙, 猴, 牛

牛 | 牛 niú Ox

Birth Year: 2021, 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937, 1925, 1913
Personality: 勤奋 qínfèn hardworking | 踏实 tāshi reliable
Best Match: 鼠, 蛇, 鸡

虎 | 虎 hǔ Tiger

Birth Year: 2022, 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 1926, 1914
Personality: 富于冒险 fùyú màoxiǎn adventurous | 有魄力 yǒu pòlì enterprising
Best Match: 马, 狗, 猪

兔 | 兔 tù Rabbit

Birth Year: 2023, 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927, 1915
Personality: 善解人意 shànjiěrényì understanding | 高贵典雅 gāoguìdiǎnyǎ graceful and elegant
Best Match: 羊, 狗, 猪

龙 | 龍 lóng Dragon

Birth Year: 2024, 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928, 1916
Personality: 正直 zhèngzhí honest | 宽宏大量 kuānhóngdàliàng generous
Best Match: 猴, 鼠, 鸡

蛇 | 蛇 shé Snake

Birth Year: 2025, 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929, 1917
Personality: 神秘 shénmì mysterious | 有艺术天赋 yǒu yìshù tiānfù artistic
Best Match: 牛, 鸡

马 | 馬 mǎ Horse

Birth Year: 2026, 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930, 1918
Personality: 独立 dúlì independent | 活泼 huópō active
Best Match: 虎, 羊, 狗

羊 | 羊 yáng Ram/Sheep/Goat

Birth Year: 2027, 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931, 1919
Personality: 温和 wēnhé gentle | 讲义气 jiǎng yìqi faithful to friends
Best Match: 兔, 羊, 狗

猴 | 猴 hóu Monkey

Birth Year: 2028, 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932, 1920
Personality: 幽默 yōumò humorous | 机智 jīzhì smart
Best Match: 鼠, 龙

鸡 | 雞 jī Rooster

Birth Year: 2029, 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933, 1921
Personality: 谦虚 qiānxū modest | 谨慎 jǐnshèn cautious
Best Match: 牛, 马, 蛇

狗 | 狗 gǒu Dog

Birth Year: 2030, 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934, 1922
Personality: 忠诚 zhōngchéng loyal | 有责任感 yǒu zérèngǎn responsible
Best Match: 虎, 兔, 马

猪 | 豬 zhū Pig

Birth Year: 2031, 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935, 1923
Personality: 真诚 zhēnchéng sincere | 自律 zìlǜ self-disciplined
Best Match: 羊, 兔

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