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Chinese Astrological Calculations

I’ve never really been sure what my Chinese birth year was. For a long time I thought I was one thing, then another long time I thought I was another, and it turns out it is more complicated than I thought. I am between a solar year and a lunar month – or was it a lunar year and a solar month?

Here is my picture:


I am like a white metal chicken.

Way more complicated than I knew!

If you would like to find out who you are according to Chinese astrology, there is a wonderful website where you enter your birthdate and they can tell you what you are – and who you should be friends with and who you should marry.

You can click on Chinese Fortune Calendar and find out all about yourself.

January 17, 2009 - Posted by | Character, Cross Cultural, Experiment | , ,


  1. Thanks for the link …. it does look much more complicated than simply knowing what my animal sign is. I forget what lexical item I was teaching one year (possibly adjectives) and I had the (in retrospect misguided) idea to bring placemats from my favourite Chinese restaurant with all the astrological signs and related personality traits/characteristics for my students to look at and decide if they agreed or disagreed with the horoscope. It was a mixed group, mostly young students from Asia, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Omigoodness, I had no idea how offended some of my students would become when I asked them to look at what their animals and signs were. I just thought it was neat …. but my sentiment wasn’t shared by all:-( It became an interesting cultural discussion, but honestly, it was one of the most uncomfortable classes I’ve ever had. Live and learn!

    Comment by Sheila | January 17, 2009 | Reply

  2. It was WAY too complicated for me.

    I have had equally uncomfortable moments teaching EFL in mixed groups. And you are right, sometimes those very moments bring forth the most spirited and memorable discussions. One thing I learned in teaching is that if the subject matter is interesting – even if controversial – enough, people forget their self-consciousness and participate actively, which was always my goal. 🙂

    My most memorable experience was also a sad one. I sat a very religious man from one culture next to a sort of promiscuous girl from a totally different culture, hoping he would be a little less judgemental. Shortly after that, he left the program. He was one of my favorite students, and I was sad I had done that.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 18, 2009 | Reply

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