The great race


The Chinese Lunar calendar names each year after one of twelve animals, this year is the year of the sheep. Here is a story which tells of the Jade Emperor's clever plan to decide the order the animal years should go in. Find out who came first in The Great Race.

    Traditional story adapted by Sue Clarke | Animation by Cambridge English Online
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    PrincessFlutePearl's picture

    Hi PurpleTomato40,your animal is monkey. Mines is dog

    PrincessFlutePearl's picture

    Hi MissFolkForever,your zodiac animal is chicken.

    MissFolkForever's picture

    i am 2005 so i am a dragon or .... i do not now ? i think that i am dragon.

    PurpleTomato40's picture

    My birthday is2004,so I am a monkey right?

    YellowSupermarketViolin's picture

    I do not like rat.It is very artful.

    CheerfulGlass100's picture
    • This story is funny.
    LilacForeverPuppy's picture

    Hello. I am wondering, how do you find out what your Chinese zodiac animal is?

    MissInternetEarth's picture

    Hi LilacForeverPuppy,
    You can find out your Chinese zodiac animal at the end of our story: My favourite day - Chinese New Year.
    At the end of the video you can select the year you were born and your Chinese zodiac animal will appear.
    Mine is the dog. What is yours?
    Have fun!

    Best wishes,
    LearnEnglish Kids team

    KingMonsterMars's picture

    Where is the cat ?

    MissInternetEarth's picture
    Hi KingMonsterMars,
    The rat pushes the cat into the river. The cat doesn't get to the other side of the river, so the Emperor doesn't choose it for the Chinese zodiac. 
    The cat isn't a Chinese zodiac animal.
    Do you like the story? Which animal do you like best?

    Best wishes
    LearnEnglish Kids team