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Chinese Zodiac, why there is no cat?

2015-02-17 21:12 ChineseTime

shí èr shēng xiāo xiǎo gù shi zhī
十二生肖小故事之
wèi shén me méi yǒu māo ?
为什么没有猫?

Chinese Zodiac-why there is no cat

hěn jiǔ hěn jiǔ yǐ qián zhù zhe yí wèi yù huáng dà dì , yǒu yì tiān tā de shēng rì dào le ,
很久很久以前住着一位玉皇大帝,有一天他的生日到了,
tā xiǎng cè liáng yí xià shí jiān , hǎo ràng tā zhī dào zì jǐ yǐ jīng duō shǎo suì le 。
他想测量一下时间,好让他知道自己已经多少岁了。
All the animals arrived. The Emperor decided to have a race to give a name to each year of the Chinese Zodiac。


suó yǒu de xiǎo dòng wù men dōu dào le , yù dì jué dìng jǔ xíng yí gè bǐ sài , lái jué dìng měi yì nián de míng zi 。
所有的小动物们都到了,玉帝决定举行一个比赛,来决定每一年的名字。
A long time ago in China lived the Jade Emperor. It was his birthday. He wanted to measure time to know how old he was.


láo shǔ hé māo dōu bú tài huì yóu yǒng ,
老鼠和猫都不太会游泳,
The rat and the cat couldn't swim very well。


( tā men duì niú shuō )  “ nǐ néng dài wǒ men guò hé ma ? ”
(他们对牛说) “你能带我们过河吗?”
"Can you take us across the river?"


“ ké yǐ , kuài lái shàng lái ba 。 ”
“可以,快来上来吧。”
"Yes, jump and quick!"


tā men yóu dào hé biān , rán hòu láo shǔ bǎ māo tuī xià le hé , zì jǐ tiào dào le àn shàng 。
他们游到河边,然后老鼠把猫推下了河,自己跳到了岸上。

( zhè jiù shì wèi shén me shí èr shēng xiāo zhōng méi yǒu māo de yuán yīn le )
(这就是为什么十二生肖中没有猫的原因了)
They swam across the river. Then the rat pushed the cat into the water and jumped on to land.


“ gān dé hǎo , láo shǔ !   dì yì nián jiù shì shǔ nián , dì èr nián shì niú nián 。”
“干得好,老鼠! 第一年就是鼠年,第二年是牛年。”
"Well done,Rat! The first year will be the Year of the Rat and the second will be the Year of the OX."


“ kàn ! láo hǔ lái le 。 tā hěn lèi , dì sān nián jiù shì hǔ nián le 。”
“看!老虎来了。它很累,第三年就是虎年了。”
"Look! Here's the tiger. He's very tired. The third year will be the Year of the Tiger."


“ tù zi bú huì yóu yǒng dàn tā hěn cōng míng , dì sì nián jiù shì tù nián 。”
“兔子不会游泳但他很聪明,第四年就是兔年。”
"The rabbit can't swim but he's very clever. The fourth year will be the Year of the Rabbit."


“ lóng , nǐ wèi shén me chí dào le ? nǐ huì fēi ā !”
“龙,你为什么迟到了?你会飞啊!”
"Why are you late, Dragon? You can fly!"


“ wǒ bì xū gěi gān kě de rén men zhì zào yú shuǐ 。” ( lóng wáng ye shì zháng guǎn xià yǔ de )
“我必须给干渴的人们制造雨水。”(龙王爷是掌管下雨的)
"I had to make some rain for thirsty people to drink."


“ gān dé hǎo ! dì wǔ nián jiù shì lóng nián le !”
“干得好!第五年就是龙年了!”
"Well done! The fifth year is the Year of the Dragon."


“ shuí lái le ? wǒ hǎo xiàng tīng dào le mǎ de shēng yīn 。 bú , shì shé , suó yǐ dì liù nián shì shé nián 。 ”
“谁来了?我好像听到了马的声音。不,是蛇,所以第六年是蛇年。”
"What's this? I can hear a horse. No, it's a snake. So the snake has the sixth year."


“ gān dé hǎo ! hěn gāo xìng kàn dào nǐ men qí xīn hé lì gàn huó ! dì bá shì yáng , dì jiǔ shì hóu zi , dì shí shì jī 。 ”
“干得好!很高兴看到你们齐心合力干活!第八是羊,第九是猴子,第十是鸡。”
"Well done! It is good to see you working together! The goat is eighth, the monkey is ninth and rooster is tenth."


“ bào qiàn , wǒ lái wǎn le 。 hé shuǐ hěn gān jìng , wǒ dé xǐ gè zǎo 。”
“抱歉,我来晚了。河水很干净,我得洗个澡。”
"Sorry I'm late. The water is clean and I needed a bath."


“ dì shí yì nián jiù shì gǒu nián 。”
“第十一年就是狗年。”
" The eleventh is the Year of the Dog."


“ nǐ shì zuì wǎn de 。”
“你是最晚的。”
"You are the last."


“ shì de , wǒ dé zài lù shang chī gè fàn 、 zài shuì gè jiào 。”
“是的,我得在路上吃个饭、再睡个觉。”
"Yes, I had to eat and sleep on the way."


“ zuì hòu yì nián jiù shì zhū nián ba 。”
“最后一年就是猪年吧。”
"The last is the Year of the Pig."


yù huáng dà dì jiù shì zhè me pái liè zhōng guó de shēng xiāo de 。
玉皇大帝就是这么排列中国的生肖的。
And that is how the Emperor chose the animals for Chinese Zodiac.

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