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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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Text Comments (1900)
“Having less competition” would have to be based only in Asian environments - because it’s only there that zodiac choices exist - once your data includes western celebrities your data is skewed and no longer valid.
Being extremely rich is actually a kind of curse. Anyone who says the opposite has not met any or many. Chinese wisdom is more than western adulation of wealth. 🍀
Nina Patalo (11 days ago)
You can't determine what chinese zodiac you are based on what year you were born according to the Western calendar. For an example, Gianluigi Buffon was born on January 28, 1978 and now most of you guys will say now that he was born in the year of the horse but it's wrong because the Chinese New Year did not began until early February. So, actually, Buffon was born in the year of snake.
Krystal Melenia (13 days ago)
I'm a chicken!! Hehe even though I'm supposed to be a dog. Because I'm born before Chinese New year
kaitiong65 (20 days ago)
🐂
kaitiong65 (20 days ago)
🐖
kaitiong65 (20 days ago)
🐀
kaitiong65 (20 days ago)
🐆
kaitiong65 (20 days ago)
🐉
kaitiong65 (20 days ago)
🐈
Candime 69 (20 days ago)
Me and my brother hate each other. I'm a rat while he's a horse
Keith Allen (20 days ago)
Last month a Angel came.And lifted me.Dressed in yellow.A beautiful orangy yellow and pinkish wall around the Angel.In june 22nd 2014 I was only 30feet below the real Eye of providence.Its alive.not a cloud.incredible white light shines from it
Keith Allen (20 days ago)
Hi im a pig 59.1989 I gave the cure for hep c.free.it was sold for $800,000,000 developed.200,000,000 people cured over 30 years.About 15 billion U.S $ made per year.the most golden of any medical cure ever given.the complete sign is spoiled.But who can pull POLYETHYLENE glycol Interferon .Secondary antiviral Riboviron from the heavens? The Satva or the saints.
L G (1 month ago)
Rat.
marilize it (1 month ago)
girl dont spill our secrets !!
pOtAtOEJAMS (1 month ago)
I’m a dog
vonna (1 month ago)
I am a metal horse. 🤘
Samira Glowstone (1 month ago)
You also have to consider you inner animal and your secret animal, which are determined by your birth month and hour.
Sylvain Labbé (1 month ago)
Cool 😎
Jen (1 month ago)
Haha, my family has fire horse, fire goat, metal snake (me, lol) and tree rooster. :')
Cesar Ita (1 month ago)
It's 2019, year of the pig! I was born in 1995, also year of the pig
Cesar Ita (1 month ago)
I wish there was year of the giraffe
AustBob The Cuber (1 month ago)
Oh damn. I’m not gonna be rich. I’m a dog
Johnny Okeeffe (1 month ago)
I’m a dragon 🐉
Saumitra Chakravarty (1 month ago)
Finally, a real world reference for *The Orville Season 2 Episode 5*
What China (1 month ago)
Chinese Zodiac Years http://www.whatchina.cn/chinese-zodiac-years.html
Honey BunnyHunny (1 month ago)
I'm born in 2008 I'm not sure what Zodiac I am ;-;
lidette711 (1 month ago)
Watching this on Lunar New Year. :)
Gaming with Azian (1 month ago)
im an asian american, my parents, both chinese, think this is a load of bs, however, many of the zodiac's "conspiracies" are actually pretty accurate for me and many of my friends and family, even those who dont beilieve it
Андрій Дюг (1 month ago)
I'M A GOAT WHAT IS WRONG WITH IT?
athena energy Shine (1 month ago)
I am water pig
john Doe (1 month ago)
She lies as she opens her mouth. There was no sudden rise of birthrates in china (official statistics) - and more lies, just to lazy to expose all of them here
Clorox Bleach (1 month ago)
I think we should all steer clear of a snake
Syada Noor Madni (1 month ago)
I'm 🐖
LadyDragoncat (1 month ago)
I was born in January 1970, so that makes me a rooster.
Angel Chang (1 month ago)
I Am Born!
Miikhiel Aali (1 month ago)
It should be said that Gregorian Calendar and the Chinese Calendar do not perfectly align. For example, despite me being born in 87, I am not a rabbit but a Tiger because I was born in early January.
I like her outfit fashion/sense. Not ted talk typical but cool
Maggie Xiu (1 month ago)
I am a Chinese person.What she said is not Chinese mainstream culture. This is to cater to foreigners' mystique and curiosity, introduced Chinese very few people's superstitions. The true Chinese zodiac comes from 12 animal hours. Tranditional Chinese time is 12 hours per day. If you use number name the hour, it is too abstract to the people lived in some thousands years ago. For example you say that it is 11pm-1am, it is difficult to understand to children and that time people.If you say that it is mouse time, people would know it is midnight, because mouse often go out at midnight.Ancient Chinese accord 12 animals' feature named 12 hours,then named 12 years.
kcburrows (1 month ago)
Bruce Lee was a dragon, look at the mark he had on the world. I'm a monkey lol😂
Bruna Modestia (1 month ago)
I'm a pig too. My ex boyfriend was a tiger.....Well, you read right, EX boyfriend...
Respati Dwi (2 months ago)
The way she present each chinesse word (ai don't know what it is) overlapping with the image of the word is fascinating
Respati Dwi (1 month ago)
Just check it and woah it is impressive. Wow thanks a lot
Christopher Tanujaya (1 month ago)
I don't know whether you know this or not, but she's the creator of Chineasy
MightyZuluX (2 months ago)
The queen is a tiger omg RUN !!
Consider It Spilt (2 months ago)
my mother and father are dogs and I am a pig. yay!
Azuan Nordin (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
How about mine? I born on january 99
UtopianMagic1408 (2 months ago)
I'm an ox
Levi Stokes (2 months ago)
I’m year of the pig 1995
Boozer (2 months ago)
I’m a dragon. 🐉🐲
Scarlet Zubaidah (2 months ago)
No wonder my life suvks because im goat
Kim Kay (2 months ago)
Well, i'm a goat, my mom is tiger and dad is dragon 😉
Orsolya Anikó Szkárosi (2 months ago)
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!
Wir Sehen Uns (2 months ago)
I'm a Tiger and the description fits me ^^
ekit pratt (2 months 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 (2 months 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
VAN月 (2 months 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 (3 months ago)
Where my goats 🐐 at?
Dung Vo (3 months ago)
im a chicken and i live with a rabbit no wonder why we hate eachother
jeraldine rosal (3 months ago)
I'm pig
Abundance Living (3 months ago)
I cannot believe this can qualify as a TED talk. Nothing original!
Phoenix chibi (4 months ago)
Where my Rabbit peeps at? 🐰🐰
d a n i e l (4 months ago)
I love her accent
No Nobody (4 months ago)
I am a roster
Mayank Kumar (4 months ago)
I'm a rat
Goat!! Should really have zero pride in that lol
Exscro guten (5 months ago)
i'm the ox
Jamie Hellfire (6 months ago)
I'm a Monkey :P
Michael Baughman (6 months ago)
I am an IRON 🐵
Yan Yan (6 months ago)
No wonder I hate my cousin, he's a snake and I'm a pig
pamela wong (6 months ago)
good sharing
The Joker (6 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 (6 months ago)
I was born in the year of the Dog but I identify as an Attack Helicopter.
tekubus (7 months ago)
Ye adda munkey!
exas4791 (7 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 (7 months ago)
I'm a dragon boy
christina lim (7 months ago)
Lol. They look like the miraculous box...
Manuel Ramirez (7 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 (7 months ago)
Thomas Alva Edison ( the weakest Lamb) took advantage of Nicola Tesla( The powerful dragon)
Karl Smith (7 months ago)
My Chinese zodiac sign is the pig
Summoner J (7 months ago)
I'm a dog.🐕
Adolf Hitler (8 months ago)
I'm Monkey lol
trio bunny studio (8 months ago)
So if im born in 2008 what am i?
Manuel Ramirez (7 months ago)
You are a RAT,
Royals Crown (8 months ago)
ima ox 🐂 AINT DAT COOL?!??!
Bing Ren (9 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 (9 months ago)
Oh, it’s that ninja lady again - from the Chinese language/characters video.
mt wu (9 months ago)
3:21, How can Chinese parents select to have a baby boy?
Kian Siong (7 months ago)
i'm a metal dragon
slylover123 (9 months ago)
My favorite part of the presentation are the icons with the Chinese characters combined with it's corresponding graphic
Photoshop By Alfredo (9 months ago)
Interesting
Brian medlock (10 months ago)
If you try to think of trying to take her respect the answer comes.
J H. Booth (10 months ago)
Lebron James is a GOAT.
Manuel Ramirez (7 months ago)
No my friend He is a Rat ( ..., 1984,1996,2008,...) Goat(...,1979,1991,2003,...)
Cristabel Literat (10 months ago)
I am horse. Anyone also horse?
Elvis 569 (10 months ago)
I am a yin wood rabbit
yongan grvt (10 months ago)
Im a rat
Zhonguoria (10 months ago)
She hss a strong British accent (she is likely from HK) and her accent indicates Cantonese.
dilara (10 months ago)
I’m a tiger. I’m undesirable :(
MAJESTIC CREATOR27 (10 months ago)
Thank u♡
Jacky Wong (10 months ago)
my zodiac is dog :' (
SilverRain (10 months ago)
I'm a dragon:)
Alex Thai (10 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...............

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