2016-06-05intermediate

Astrological Signs in Chinese

In China the Chinese zodiac is the most famous, but many young people are interested in the astrological signs as well, so it can be a good topic of conversation when you are making new Chinese friends.

In this blog, we will learn how to ask for someone's astrological sign in Chinese, and also how to say all 12 signs.
An astrological sign in Chinese is called xīngzuò, so you can ask your friend's sign like this:

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you (informal)
shì
is, are
shén me
什么
什麼
what
xīng zuò
星座
星座
constellation, astrological sign
de
(used to form a nominal expression)
 

What's Your Sign?

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If they don't know their sign, you can ask when their birthday is and inform them of their sign.

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you (informal)
de
~'s (possessive particle)
shēng rì
生日
生日
birthday
shì
is, are
shén me
什么
什麼
what?
shí hou
时候
時候
time
 
?/
you (informal)
shì
is, are
shén me
什么
什麼
what?
shí hou
时候
時候
time
chū shēng
出生
出生
to be born
de
(used to form a nominal expression)
 

When is your birthday? When were you born?

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And here's how to say the 12 astrological signs in Chinese.

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1
1
yuè
month
shì
is, are
mó jié zuò
摩羯座
摩羯座
Capricorn (constellation and sign of the zodiac)
 
rán hòu
然后
然後
then (afterwards), after that
shì
is, are
shuǐ píng zuò
水瓶座
水瓶座
Aquarius (constellation and sign of the zodiac)
 
shuāng yú zuò
双鱼座
雙魚座
Pisces (constellation and sign of the zodiac)
 
bái yáng zuò
白羊座
白羊座
Aries (constellation and sign of the zodiac)
 
jīn niú zuò
金牛座
金牛座
Taurus (constellation and sign of the zodiac)
 
shuāng zǐ zuò
双子座
雙子座
Gemini (constellation and sign of the zodiac)
 
jù xiè zuò
巨蟹座
巨蟹座
Cancer (constellation and sign of the zodiac)
 
shī zi zuò
狮子座
獅子座
Leo (constellation and sign of the zodiac)
 
chǔ nǚ zuò
处女座
處女座
Virgo (constellation and sign of the zodiac)
 
tiān chèng zuò
天秤座
天秤座
Libra (constellation and sign of the zodiac)
 
tiān xiē zuò
天蝎座
天蠍座
Scorpio or Scorpius (constellation and sign of the zodiac)
 
shè shǒu zuò
射手座
射手座
Sagittarius (constellation and sign of the zodiac)
 

January is Capricorn, then it's Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius.

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Astrological Signs
Capricorn
mó jié zuò 摩羯座
Aquarius
shuǐ píng zuò 水瓶座
Pisces
shuāng yú zuò 双鱼座
Aries
bái yáng zuò 白羊座
Taurus
jīn niú zuò 金牛座
Gemini
shuāng zǐ zuò 双子座
Cancer
jù xiè zuò 巨蟹座
Leo
shī zi zuò 狮子座
Virgo
chǔ nǚ zuò 处女座
Libra
tiān chèng zuò 天秤座
Scorpio
tiān xiē zuò 天蝎座
Sagittarius
shè shǒu zuò 射手座

Now that you know how to say your sign, when someone asks you shìshénmexīngzuòde? you can reply shì + sign + de. For example:

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I, me
shì
is, are
tiān chèng zuò
天秤座
天秤座
Libra (constellation and sign of the zodiac)
de
(used to form a nominal expression)
 

I'm a Libra.

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Chinese people also like to look up how well two signs match. In Chinese, to match is called pèiduì, so you can express yourself like this:

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lái
to come, to arrive
 
I, me
bāng
to help, to assist
you (informal)
kàn kan
看看
看看
to take a look at, to examine
you (informal)
and, together with
you (informal)
nán péng you
男朋友
男朋友
boyfriend
pèi
to fit, to match
bu
(negative prefix), not
pèi
to fit, to match
 

Come here, I'll help you check if you and your boyfriend are a match.

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Related Words
constellation
yùn shì 运势
love constellation
ài qíng yùn 爱情运
work constellation
gōng zuò yùn 工作运
lucky color
xìng yùn yán sè 幸运颜色
lucky number
xìng yùn shù zì 幸运数字
lucky crystal
xìng yùn shuǐ jīng 幸运水晶
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I, me
jīn nián
今年
今年
this year
de
~'s (possessive particle)
ài qíng
爱情
愛情
love (romantic)
yùn
fortune, luck
hěn
quite, very
hǎo
good, well
 
I, me
yào
will, must
dài shàng
戴上
戴上
to put on (hat etc)
I, me
de
~'s (possessive particle)
xìng yùn
幸运
幸運
fortune, luck
shuǐ jīng
水晶
水晶
crystal
 
zhuā jǐn
抓紧
抓緊
to grasp firmly, to pay special attention to
shí jiān
时间
時間
time, period
zhǎo
to try to find, to look for
ge
classifier for people or objects in general
nán péng you
男朋友
男朋友
boyfriend
 

I have great fortune in love this year. I will wear my lucky charm bracelet and grasp this opportunity to find a boyfriend.

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Now you can talk about astrological signs with your friends in Chinese, and I’m sure they will love it!