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The Chinese zodiac, explained | ShaoLan

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A quarter of the world's population cares a lot about the Chinese zodiac. Even if you don't believe in it, you'd be wise to know how it works, says technologist and entrepreneur ShaoLan Hseuh. In this fun, informative talk, ShaoLan shares some tips for understanding the ancient tradition and describes how it's believed to influence your personality, career, marriage prospects and how you'll do in a given year. What does your sign say about you? TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more. Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at http://www.ted.com/translate Follow TED news on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tednews Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksDirector
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MightyZuluX (7 hours ago)
The queen is a tiger omg RUN !!
Consider It Spilt (3 days ago)
my mother and father are dogs and I am a pig. yay!
Azuan Nordin (5 days ago)
Both my parents and my sister's zodiacs are Horse, my brother's is Dog and mine is Tiger. What a perfect combo. Aha! lol
Sulaiman Baita (6 days ago)
How about mine? I born on january 99
UtopianMagic1408 (8 days ago)
I'm an ox
Levi Stokes (12 days ago)
I’m year of the pig 1995
Alberto Bay (13 days ago)
I'm Dragonnnnnnn🐉🐉🐉🐉
Boozer (18 days ago)
I’m a dragon. 🐉🐲
Scarlet Zubaidah (18 days ago)
No wonder my life suvks because im goat
Kim Kay (19 days ago)
Well, i'm a goat, my mom is tiger and dad is dragon 😉
I was born in the year of Yang Metal Horse, in the hour of the Water Rat. Oh, and my western sign is Cancer with Aries ascendant and Capricorn Moon!
I'm a Tiger and the description fits me ^^
ekit pratt (23 days ago)
Rooster - Water... in French I'm literally a "Wet chicken" ( = a wimp )... and in Japan, being a girl born a horse year is believed to bring bad fortune.
Jon C (23 days ago)
Add in the Elements on the last 2 digits of every year. Here it is 00 Metal 01 02 Water 03 04 Wood 05 06 Fire 07 08 Earth 09
张曦月 (25 days ago)
I think it's important to realize that the birth of the Year of the Dragon means more challenges, because the dragon is a symbol of powerful creatures, and the tigers and rams are symbols of repulsiveness, so they are fortunate to get high because of the lack of enemies. However, in the long run, luck and real strength who win the final victory can be seen at a glance.
Jason Reyes (1 month ago)
Where my goats 🐐 at?
Dung Vo (1 month ago)
im a chicken and i live with a rabbit no wonder why we hate eachother
jeraldine rosal (1 month ago)
I'm pig
Abundance Living (1 month ago)
I cannot believe this can qualify as a TED talk. Nothing original!
Phoenix chibi (1 month ago)
Where my Rabbit peeps at? 🐰🐰
d a n i e l (2 months ago)
I love her accent
Queen Hihi (2 months ago)
I am a roster
Mayank Kumar (2 months ago)
I'm a rat
Goat!! Should really have zero pride in that lol
Exscro guten (3 months ago)
i'm the ox
Jamie Hellfire (4 months ago)
I'm a Monkey :P
Michael Baughman (4 months ago)
I am an IRON 🐵
yan wu (4 months ago)
No wonder I hate my cousin, he's a snake and I'm a pig
pamela wong (4 months ago)
good sharing
The Joker (4 months ago)
Im a horse in the Chinese Horoscope. But why does it matter what sign I am when Im not Chinese and it doesn’t change anything anyway
Blazing X (4 months ago)
I was born in the year of the Dog but I identify as an Attack Helicopter.
tekubus (5 months ago)
Ye adda munkey!
exas4791 (5 months ago)
Chinese horoscopes are vastly more complicated than 12 zodiac animals or earthly branches which permute with 10 celestial stems, forming 60-year cycles. Likewise, western horoscopes are more complicated than 12 astrological signs which are influenced by ascendant signs, planetary movements and houses.
Le Huy Nguyen (5 months ago)
I'm a dragon boy
christina lim (5 months ago)
Lol. They look like the miraculous box...
Manuel Ramirez (5 months ago)
Unlucky goats---> Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Vin Diesel , Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, you are a Pig so you believe in everything people tells you , that means you are Gullible
Manuel Ramirez (5 months ago)
Thomas Alva Edison ( the weakest Lamb) took advantage of Nicola Tesla( The powerful dragon)
Karl Smith (5 months ago)
My Chinese zodiac sign is the pig
Janelly Poncedeleon (5 months ago)
I'm a dog.🐕
Adolf Hitler (5 months ago)
I'm Monkey lol
trio bunny studio (6 months ago)
So if im born in 2008 what am i?
Manuel Ramirez (5 months ago)
You are a RAT,
Royals Crown (6 months ago)
ima ox 🐂 AINT DAT COOL?!??!
Bing Ren (7 months ago)
By saying Chinese ppl would really look at others Zodiac...I feel like I’m a fake Chinese. Why nobody I know really cares/cared about that?
SahanTheMighty (7 months ago)
Oh, it’s that ninja lady again - from the Chinese language/characters video.
mt wu (7 months ago)
3:21, How can Chinese parents select to have a baby boy?
Kian Siong (5 months ago)
i'm a metal dragon
slylover123 (7 months ago)
My favorite part of the presentation are the icons with the Chinese characters combined with it's corresponding graphic
Brian medlock (7 months ago)
If you try to think of trying to take her respect the answer comes.
J H. Booth (8 months ago)
Lebron James is a GOAT.
Manuel Ramirez (5 months ago)
No my friend He is a Rat ( ..., 1984,1996,2008,...) Goat(...,1979,1991,2003,...)
Cristabel Literat (8 months ago)
I am horse. Anyone also horse?
Elvis 569 (8 months ago)
I am a yin wood rabbit
yongan grvt (8 months ago)
Im a rat
Zhonguoria (8 months ago)
She hss a strong British accent (she is likely from HK) and her accent indicates Cantonese.
dilara (8 months ago)
I’m a tiger. I’m undesirable :(
MAJESTIC CREATOR27 (8 months ago)
Thank u♡
Jacky Wong (8 months ago)
my zodiac is dog :' (
SilverRain (8 months ago)
I'm a dragon:)
Alex Thai (8 months ago)
they don't want to said too good about the dragon to make people hate, that why they put tiger on the top, but anyway, I like tiger then dragon...............
Alex Thai (8 months ago)
stop bring chinese dragon up all the time in most of the thing and video, empire, picture, carving...............nobody like dragon
Alex Thai (8 months ago)
No, dragon will not always be lucky, other animals have chance too, poor chinese create dragon symbol and make them the luckiest like their chinese symbol dragon...............dragon is not exist, can't see them..............that not fair.......... I hate dragon......dragon not always power...........stop talking about dragon like your chinese people, other people are not chinese, we don't have and don't need to workship dragon like chinese people did everyone.............
Fuchsia Rosewood (8 months ago)
I'm a dragon, yay~ ❤
I'm a sheep (goat), I had no idea that people tried not to have sheep, ouch. My mum didn't seem to worry, I think at least.
Abhishek Choori (9 months ago)
Just using by animals sign will not hide chinese animal harassment. if you r using that signs than u could have shown little mercy on them. Speak on harassment in ur country.
R Landry (9 months ago)
I love the chinese zodiac because it is very accurate. I’ve learned to rely on it time and again. For example my first marriag was very problamatic and only lasted 7 years. I married the sign directly opposit me... a big no no. Now I am in a very healthy, awesome, fun, 22 year relationship with the sign most complimentary to mine. The personality traits always fit the the year asigned, just sometimes we don’t recognise ourselves!
Jalil enlil (9 months ago)
balanced-shez (9 months ago)
I just couldnt relate to the tiger thats not me & i wasnt refusing to take a good look at myself, i could relate to the rabbit and the ox my birthdate is the 01/01/1962 but i related to the animals born in 61 or 63 weird
WeTube (9 months ago)
One Love
Zacc Lawn (9 months ago)
anyone else hates the way she stands?
Autistic Kid (9 months ago)
I’m rat 😿
dinni tresnadewi (9 months ago)
she's pretty
Menolikeit Me (9 months ago)
My daughter is a mental dragon 2000 whoop
Menolikeit Me (9 months ago)
Water dog lol
RED Panda (9 months ago)
🔥 dragon 🐉 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
Cam K (9 months ago)
Brad Eddy (9 months ago)
there's also a month, day and hour animal.. the day animal is said to be YOU. Because I'm the year of the Earth Dragon. but my month animal is the Metal Monkey, day is the Water Rat and my hour animal is the Metal Pig. I fit more of the Rat than the Dragon
Tuan Nguyen (10 months ago)
Lucky lucky me I’m a tiger and my younger brother my very younger brother is a sheep sheep sheep and my other brother is a snake snake snake snake snake snake🐅🐎🐑🐕🐓🐃🐉🐖🐇🐁🐍🦍
Naomi Santos (10 months ago)
am I the only one who just love her shirt?😂😂😂
Well I have a cousin that's a dragon and to be honest pigs and dragons don't get along that well
コイ (10 months ago)
I'm a dragon so I feel special now
For This Land (10 months ago)
I am a leo, born in the year of the tiger and am allergic to cats.
Prime Time Gamer (10 months ago)
TED talks But does TED listen?
Peta Gonkyi (10 months ago)
How can a pig be friend with the tiger than the snake? Tiger is likely to kill pig and snake ever will.
Tracy Lemon (7 days ago)
my aunt is a Pig, in a long-term relationship with uncle whom is a Tiger. everyone in my family never like her so-called husband, bcoz we see how he use her for his own benefits. she's just too naive, bcoz he is rich. but she always use her own money to pay everything. im a Monkey anyway. Tiger is Monkey's nemesis.
Kamalakanta Mohapatra (10 months ago)
your complicated ancient zodiacs always suckkkkz :\
Well, i guess this makes me a Leo / Fire Rabbit born in 1987.
Manuel Ramirez (5 months ago)
You are very accurate, I really love that.
Lanting Xu (10 months ago)
Fun story, full of generalizations, and no historical accuracy
CHILL PILL (10 months ago)
I am sorry she is exaggerating a bit here. For most Chinese families the Chinese zodiac is more a like mascot for the year you born in, nothing serious.
Kaleah Collins (10 months ago)
No way imma ox i wasborn in85 sept.
Lord fartamor (10 months ago)
very nice slides
Jacob Agasyev (10 months ago)
I'm a Tiger
Sundiata Keita (10 months ago)
Her accent is very thick.
Pluto - Chan (10 months ago)
I am goat, and I am very poor. I don't have very much friends. I was not born on a very lucky year.
Manuel Ramirez (5 months ago)
Bill Gates is a Goat, so was Steve Jobs, so is Vin diesel and Jason Staham.
Robert Walterman (10 months ago)
Just great presentation you must respect the orient with long histories and these days China taking the lead in world leadership
AppleZEN (11 months ago)
Hahaha I'm a Tiger!
PeterLiuIsBeast (11 months ago)
Believing in this is like knocking on wood or throwing salt over your shoulder. Think about who believes in those 2 things I mentioned. That's the same type of people who believe in the zodiac.
ricardo (11 months ago)
I'm a goat baby 😔
Anibal Fermaint Gonzalez (11 months ago)
Those heels! Damn she is beautiful! Great fashion and great accent. Seriously though, I learned a lot here. I never knew my element before.
Silkworm (11 months ago)
It's as stupid as Western religion and shouldn't be encouraged.
Yihao Feng (11 months ago)
She perfectly proved the Chinese zodiac is rubbish.
DBN Vice (10 months ago)
Yihao Feng not really
Sophia Ye (11 months ago)
Pisces squad where are you?♓

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