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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    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
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    BrownCelebrity80's picture

    This is a very interesting story!!!!

    1.  Because of the caracters
    2. Because of the message it trasmit.

    MasterSilver500's picture

    me 2007. Dad 1977. Mom 1981. Bi 2009.

    LadyLeopardNightingale's picture

    My birthday is 2003
    My Chenese zodiac sheep