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(Updated on 13/02/2013)


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Vocabulary :




INTERACTIVE exercises :

  • Chinese Zodiac Zone - Learn English idioms.
    "- Find out which animal year you were born in and which famous people share the same Chinese Zodiac sign. 
    - Let Magic Monkey read your mind and guess your Chinese Zodiac sign.
    - Test your knowledge of English Idioms that use the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.
    - Download and print your own fun Chinese New Year Posters." 




  • Chinese zodiac zone - "The Chinese zodiac has twelve different animals. What animal are you?"
    (British Council)



Exercises to print :


Lesson plans :

  • The myth behind the Chinese zodiac - Megan Campisi and Pen-Pen Chen - a lesson
    "What’s your sign? In Western astrology, it’s a constellation determined by when your birthday falls in the calendar. But according to the Chinese zodiac (生肖), it’s your shuxiang, meaning the animal assigned to your birth year. And of the many myths explaining these animal signs and their arrangement, the most enduring one is that of The Great Race. Megan Campisi and Pen-Pen Chen recounts this classic myth."



  • Palm surgery to change your future (19 July 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "People in Japan are having surgery on their hands to change their future. The Japanese are big believers in palm reading.
    They spend a lot of money on visiting palm readers

  • Fortune teller
    "This lesson, suitable for pre-intermediate students, follows on from presentation and controlled practice of the future ‘will'.
    It is an extended role-play activity which is simple to set up and fun for the students."

  • The Chinese horoscope - "Voici une séquence créée lors du stage didactique sur le CECRL."
    Thème : L’Horoscope Chinois 
    Classe : 5èmes
    Niveau Visé : A2 
    Nombre de Séances : 12



Games :



Songs :


  • Your horoscope for today by Weird Al Yankovic - The LYRICS (
    The stars say that you're an exciting and wonderful person, but you know they're lying
    If I were you, I'd lock my doors and windows and never never never never never leave my house again..."

    - with a Flash animation (

    - with a video (YouTube)

  • What's your sign ? by Des'ree - with activities
  • Horoscope by Harpo :
    "I'm looking
    I'm searching
    I read my horoscope...
    Maybe that I am blind
    maybe that I won't find"


Videos : Robin Hood - Disney

  • The Chinese zodiac, explained | ShaoLan
    "A quarter of the world's population cares a lot about the Chinese zodiac. Even if you don't believe in it, you'd be wise to know how it works, says technologist and entrepreneur ShaoLan Hseuh. In this fun, informative talk, ShaoLan shares some tips for understanding the ancient tradition and describes how it's believed to influence your personality, career, marriage prospects and how you'll do in a given year. What does your sign say about you?..."




  • Real English Lesson 7 (Zodiac) - CC Double
    "Astrological sign for beginners. This is a "CC Double" - A "CC Double" video is composed of two parts:
    1 - The regular video, followed by
    2 - The same video with subtitles." 




Cartoons :

New Year 2014 Cartoons

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Against Chinese calendars



  • Films with fortune tellers
    - Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) - Pee-wee asks a fortune teller where his beloved bike it and she tells him that it's in the basement of the Alamo.
    - The Gift (2000) -Cate Blanchett uses cards to tell one's fortune.
    - Practical Magic (1998) -Camilla Belle (as a young Sally Owens) predicts or makes a wish that she will fall in love with a man who has one blue eye and one green
    - Laybyrinth (1986)
    - Phantasm
    - The Butterfly Effect has a small part in it with a fortune teller.
    - Fortune Teller
    - Edmond 
    - Just My Luck (2006) - Main casts: Lindsay Lohan and Jake Hardin - Fortune Teller: Tovah Feldshuh as Madame Z
    - Drag Me To Hell (2009) - Main Casts: Alison Lohman and Justin Long - Fortune Teller: Dileep Rao as Rham Jas

    - More here (

    - The Princess and the Frog
    - Walt Disney, Robin Hood
    - Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban. Professor Trelauney predicts Harry's death...

    - Family Plot, by Hitchcock, in which you can see the fortune teller and her crystal bowl call a certain Henry
    - Mystics
    - Ghost with Whoopy Goldberg

    - Crystal Ball - 16mm in-class film (