Chinese horoscopes help in the game of love

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 November, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 November, 1997, 12:00am

This week's Practice Listening show continues its focus on the Chinese horoscope.


This is based on the 12 animals said to have visited the dying Buddha.


The system is used by many people and it influences their life choices.


The programme will be broadcast from 6.30 pm to 7 pm today on RTHK Radio 4, MHz 97.6 - 98.9 M Stereo.


Have this page open in front of you as you listen to the programme. The series is designed to help you improve your English listening skills.


This week we see how the Chinese horoscope is supposed to help people find the right boyfriend or girlfriend.


We also learn about three more signs.


Task 1: The horoscope and dating - rats, oxen and tigers If two people get on very well and are capable of having a happy, loving relationship, they are said to be compatible.


Now listen to the compatibility assessment between the three signs and tick the charts below.


'Very compatible' means the people from the two signs will get on very well together. They will make a good match.


'Not compatible' means they may argue.


Rat - Ox: Very compatible; compatible; not compatible.


Rat - Tiger: Very compatible; compatible; not compatible.


Ox - Tiger: Very compatible; compatible; not compatible.


Task 2: Rabbits, dragons and snakes Rabbit - Dragon: Very compatible; compatible; not compatible.


Rabbit - Snake: Very compatible; compatible; not compatible.


Dragon - Snake: Very compatible; compatible; not compatible.


Task 3: Horses, sheep and monkeys Horse - Sheep: Very compatible; compatible; not compatible.


Horse - Monkey: Very compatible; compatible; not compatible.


Monkey - Sheep: Very compatible; compatible; not compatible.


Task 4 Horse people were born between January 1978 and February 1979. Other horse years are 1996-1997 and 1990-1991.


Listen to this description of a horse person and tick the positive and negative attributes mentioned.


Popular - Dull Sexy - Flashy Good-looking - Lazy Quick-witted - Bad-tempered Good business sense - Stubborn Modest - Mean Domesticated - Absent-minded Task 5 Sheep people were born between January 1979 and February 1980, or in 1967-68 and 1991-92.


Listen to the description of a sheep person and tick off the relevant attributes of their sign below.


Positive - Negative Sincere - Gullible Energetic - Gluttonous Artistic - Possessive Ebullient - Vengeful Forgiving - Cruel Lucky - Inhospitable Task 6 Monkey people were born between February 1980 and February 1981. Monkeys were also born in 1968-69 and 1992-93.


Listen to the description of a monkey person and tick off the relevant attributes of their signs below.


Positive - Negative Charming - Cunning Intelligent - Dull Good at languages - Inarticulate Kind - Superior Gentle - Mean Confident - Egotistical Artistic - Stupid Self-confident - Boring