The Jade Emperor chose the order of the animals in the Chinese zodiac. How did he decide? Watch and find out!

Traditional story adapted by Sue Clarke | Animation by Cambridge English Online


There are twelve animals in the story. Which one is your favourite? Tell us about it!

Average: 4.2 (1312 votes)


I was born on 2010 so i was tiger.

oh i am born at 2007 so i am a hourse

i was born in 2007, just like you, PrincessDaisySkittle. but my parent said i am a pig. vietnam has chinesse zodiacs

i was born 2008, i do not know what i am

Hi PrinceWhite4,

2008 was the year of the rat.

I hope you liked the story!


Best wishes,


LearnEnglish Kids team

i remember that there was a cat where did it go???

Hi PrincessDaisySkittle,

I think that the rat pushed the cat into the water because he wanted to be the first animal to cross the river. 

The cat floated away down the river and didn't get to the other side. So the Jade Emperor didn't choose the cat for the Chinese zodiac.

What do you think? Do you like the story?


Best wishes,


LearnEnglish Kids team

i was born 2005

Oh!! I was born on 2008 means I am The Goat?? Please somebody tell me which one's mine???

you are the rat, MissRubyEnvironmen