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  1. Goat / Sheep
  2. Lamb
  3. Aries
  4. Capricorn
  5. Better Late Than Never

Goat / Sheep

Year of the Goat / Zodiac Sign
China yáng
Japan hitsuji
Goat  /  Sheep

羊 is the character for goat or sheep in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

If you were born in the year of the goat (sheep), you . . .

Are sophisticated and considerate
Can always find the best solution to problems.
Are tolerant.
Are not afraid of hardship.
Know how to save money (thrifty).


See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

Lamb

China xiǎo yáng
Japan kohitsuji
Lamb

小羊 means lamb (literally "little sheep") in Chinese and Japanese.

Aries Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China mù yáng zuò
Japan ohitsuji-za
Aries Zodiac Symbol / Sign

牡羊座 is the Chinese and Japanese way to write Aries (ram) of western astrology.


See Also:  Chinese Zodiac

Aries Zodiac Symbol / Sign

(Alternate / Chinese)
China bái yáng zuò
Aries Zodiac Symbol / Sign

白羊座 is an alternate Chinese way to write Aries (ram) of western astrology. I don't believe it is used at all in Japanese, so the other version is probably better or at least more universal.


See Also:  Chinese Zodiac

Capricorn Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China shān yáng zuò
Japan yagi-za
Capricorn Zodiac Symbol / Sign

山羊座 is the Chinese and Japanese way to write Capricorn (horned goat) of western astrology.


See Also:  Chinese Zodiac

Better Late Than Never

It's Never Too Late Too Mend
China wáng yáng bǔ láo yóu wèi wéi wǎn
Better Late Than Never

Long ago in what is now China, there were many kingdoms throughout the land. This time period is known as "The Warring States Period" by historians because these kingdoms often did not get along with each other.

Some time around 279 B.C. the Kingdom of Chu was a large but not particularly powerful kingdom. Part of the reason it lacked power was the fact that the King was surrounded by "yes men" who told him only what he wanted to hear. Many of the King's court officials were corrupt and incompetent which did not help the situation.

The King was not blameless himself, as he started spending much of his time being entertained by his many concubines.

One of the King's ministers, Zhuang Xin, saw problems on the horizon for the Kingdom, and warned the King, "Your Majesty, you are surrounded by people who tell you what you want to hear. They tell you things to make you happy, and cause you to ignore important state affairs. If this is allowed to continue, the Kingdom of Chu will surely perish, and fall into ruins."

This enraged the King who scolded Zhuang Xin for insulting the country and accused him of trying to create resentment among the people. Zhuang Xin explained, "I dare not curse the Kingdom of Chu but I feel that we face great danger in the future because of the current situation." The King was simply not impressed with Zhuang Xin's words.
Seeing the King's displeasure with him and the King's fondness for his court of corrupt officials, Zhuang Xin asked permission of the King that he may take leave of the Kingdom of Chu, and travel to the State of Zhao to live. The King agreed, and Zhuang Xin left the Kingdom of Chu, perhaps forever.

Five months later, troops from the neighboring Kingdom of Qin invaded Chu, taking a huge tract of land. The King of Chu went into exile, and it appeared that soon, the Kingdom of Chu would no longer exist.

The King of Chu remembered the words of Zhuang Xin, and sent some of his men to find him. Immediately, Zhuang Xin returned to meet the King. The first question asked by the King was, "What can I do now?"

Zhuang Xin told the King this story:

A shepherd woke one morning to find a sheep missing. Looking at the pen saw a hole in the fence where a wolf had come through to steal one of his sheep. His friends told him that he had best fix the hole at once. But the Shepherd thought since the sheep is already gone, there is no use fixing the hole.
The next morning, another sheep was missing. And the Shepherd realized that he must mend the fence at once. Zhuang Xin then went on to make suggestions about what could be done to reclaim the land lost to the Kingdom of Qin, and reclaim the former glory and integrity in the Kingdom of Chu.

The Chinese idiom shown above came from this reply from Zhuang Xin to the King of Chu almost 2,300 years ago.
It translates roughly into English as...
"Even if you have lost some sheep, it's never too late to mend the fence."

This proverb is often used in modern China when suggesting in a hopeful way that someone change their ways, or fix something in their life. It might be used to suggest fixing a marriage, quit smoking, or getting back on track after taking an unfortunate path in life among other things one might fix in their life.

I suppose in the same way that we might say, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life" in our western cultures to suggest that you can always start anew.

Note: This does have Korean pronunciation but is not a well-known proverb in Korean (only Koreans familiar with ancient Chinese history would know it). Best if your audience is Chinese.


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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your search...

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin yáng / yang2
Taiwan yang
Japanese hitsuji(p);hitsuji / ひつじ(P);ヒツジ
Better Late Than Never
Chinese sheep; goat; CL:頭|头[tou2],隻|只[zhi1]; surname Yang
Japanese sheep (Ovis aries); (female given name) You; (surname) Hitsuji
avi, a sheep, goat, ram.

小羊

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Mandarin xiǎo yáng / xiao3 yang2
Taiwan hsiao yang
Japanese kohitsuji / こひつじ
Better Late Than Never
Chinese lamb
Japanese lamb

山羊座

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Mandarin shān yáng zuò / shan1 yang2 zuo4
Taiwan shan yang tso
Japanese yagiza / やぎざ
Better Late Than Never
Chinese Capricorn (constellation and sign of the zodiac); Japanese variant of 魔羯座
Japanese Capricornus (constellation); Capricorn; the Goat

牡羊座

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Mandarin mǔ yáng zuò / mu3 yang2 zuo4
Taiwan mu yang tso
Japanese ohitsujiza / おひつじざ
Better Late Than Never
Chinese Aries (constellation and sign of the zodiac); used erroneously for 白
Japanese Aries (constellation); the Ram

白羊座

see styles
Mandarin bái yáng zuò / bai2 yang2 zuo4
Taiwan pai yang tso
Better Late Than Never
Chinese Aries (constellation and sign of the zodiac)

亡羊

see styles
Japanese bouyou / boyo / ぼうよう Japanese lost sheep; (given name) Bouyou

仔羊

see styles
Japanese kohitsuji / こひつじ Japanese lamb; (surname) Kohitsuji

公羊

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Mandarin gōng yáng / gong1 yang2
Taiwan kung yang
Chinese ram (male sheep)

啞羊


哑羊

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Mandarin yǎ yáng / ya3 yang2
Taiwan ya yang
Japanese ayō
(啞僧) A dumb sheep (monk), stupid, one who does not know good from bad, nor enough to repent of sin.

子羊

see styles
Japanese kohitsuji / こひつじ Japanese lamb

山羊

see styles
Mandarin shān yáng / shan1 yang2
Taiwan shan yang
Japanese yagi / やぎ
Chinese goat; (gymnastics) small-sized vaulting horse
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (kana only) goat; (surname) Yagi

岩羊

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Mandarin yán yáng / yan2 yang2
Taiwan yen yang
Chinese bharal

攘羊

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Mandarin rǎng yáng / rang3 yang2
Taiwan jang yang
Chinese to take home sb else's stray sheep

放羊

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Mandarin fàng yáng / fang4 yang2
Taiwan fang yang
Chinese to tend a flock of sheep; to let sheep out to pasture; fig. to throw off the reins; to leave sb alone; acting freely and irresponsibly

未羊

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Mandarin wèi yáng / wei4 yang2
Taiwan wei yang
Chinese Year 8, year of the Ram (e.g. 2003)

殺羊


杀羊

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Mandarin shā yáng / sha1 yang2
Taiwan sha yang
Japanese setsuyō
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

牛羊

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Mandarin niú yáng / niu2 yang2
Taiwan niu yang
Chinese cattle and sheep; livestock

牡羊

see styles
Japanese ohitsuji / おひつじ Japanese ram

牧羊

see styles
Mandarin mù yáng / mu4 yang2
Taiwan mu yang
Japanese bokuyou / bokuyo / ぼくよう
Chinese to raise sheep; shepherd
Japanese (noun/participle) sheep farming; (given name) Bokuyou

白羊

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Mandarin bái yáng / bai2 yang2
Taiwan pai yang
Japanese merii / meri / めりー    hakuyou / hakuyo / はくよう
Chinese Aries (star sign)
Japanese (female given name) Meri-; (given name) Hakuyou

盤羊

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Mandarin pán yáng / pan2 yang2
Taiwan p`an yang / pan yang
Chinese argali (Ovis ammon)

綿羊

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Mandarin mián yáng / mian2 yang2
Taiwan mien yang
Japanese menyou / menyo / めんよう
Chinese sheep
Japanese sheep

緬羊

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Japanese menyou / menyo / めんよう Japanese sheep

羊乘

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Mandarin yáng shèng / yang2 sheng4
Taiwan yang sheng
Japanese yōjō
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

羊乳

see styles
Japanese younyuu / yonyu / ようにゅう Japanese sheep's milk

羊偏

see styles
Japanese hitsujihen / ひつじへん Japanese kanji "sheep" radical at left

羊城

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Mandarin yáng chéng / yang2 cheng2
Taiwan yang ch`eng / yang cheng
Japanese youjou / yojo / ようじょう
Chinese Yangcheng, a nickname for 廣州|广州[Guang3 zhou1]
Japanese (given name) Youjou

羊奶

see styles
Mandarin yáng nǎi / yang2 nai3
Taiwan yang nai
Chinese sheep's milk

羊年

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Mandarin yáng nián / yang2 nian2
Taiwan yang nien
Chinese Year of the Ram (e.g. 2003)

羊怪

see styles
Mandarin yáng guài / yang2 guai4
Taiwan yang kuai
Chinese faun, half-goat half-human creature of Greek mythology

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Goat
Sheep
hitsujiyáng / yang2 / yang
Lamb小羊kohitsujixiǎo yáng
xiao3 yang2
xiao yang
xiaoyang
hsiao yang
hsiaoyang
Aries Zodiac Symbol
Sign
牡羊座ohitsuji-zamù yáng zuò
mu4 yang2 zuo4
mu yang zuo
muyangzuo
mu yang tso
muyangtso
Aries Zodiac Symbol
Sign
白羊座bái yáng zuò
bai2 yang2 zuo4
bai yang zuo
baiyangzuo
pai yang tso
paiyangtso
Capricorn Zodiac Symbol
Sign
山羊座yagi-zashān yáng zuò
shan1 yang2 zuo4
shan yang zuo
shanyangzuo
shan yang tso
shanyangtso
Better Late Than Never亡羊補牢猶未為晚
亡羊补牢犹未为晚
wáng yáng bǔ láo yóu wèi wéi wǎn
wang2 yang2 bu3 lao2 you2 wei4 wei2 wan3
wang yang bu lao you wei wei wan
wang yang pu lao yu wei wei wan
wangyangpulaoyuweiweiwan
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.



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