Sheep or Goat?

From the New York Times:

China said goodbye to the Year of the Horse on Wednesday, and on the first day of the new lunar year revelers welcomed the Year of the Sheep.

Or maybe the goat. Or perhaps the ram.

For English speakers, it is a can of worms.

“Few ordinary Chinese are troubled by the sheep-goat distinction,” Xinhua, China’s main state-run news agency, said in its report on the debate. “However, the ambiguity has whipped up discussion in the West.”

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2 thoughts on “Sheep or Goat?

  1. I prefer use Goat of year.I was learned IPA Last week. Becaues the pronounciation of Sheep
    is hard.such as Sheep/ Ship. Do you agree?

    • Yes, it’s difficult for many English learners to differentiate between the long e sound and the short i sound. But it’s important to be able to pronounce them correctly because they’re contained in so many words!

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