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Goat / Sheep

Year of the Goat / Zodiac Sign
yáng
hitsuji
Goat  /  Sheep Vertical Wall Scroll

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.

xiǎo yáng
kohitsuji
Lamb Vertical Wall Scroll

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

Better Late Than Never

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

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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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
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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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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láng / lang2
lang
 ookami(p);ookame(ok);oinu(ok);ookami / おおかみ(P);おおかめ(ok);おいぬ(ok);オオカミ
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wolf; CL:匹[pi3],隻|只[zhi1],條|条[tiao2]
(1) (kana only) wolf (Canis lupus); (2) wolf in sheep's clothing; womanizer; (surname) Ookami
A wolf; fierce.

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yáng / yang2
yang
 hitsuji(p);hitsuji / ひつじ(P);ヒツジ
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sheep; goat; CL:頭|头[tou2],隻|只[zhi1]
sheep (Ovis aries); (female given name) You
avi, a sheep, goat, ram; a sheep

多利

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duō lì / duo1 li4
to li
 dari / だり
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Dolly (1996-2003), female sheep, first mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell
(surname) Dari

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miē / mie1
mieh
the bleating of sheep; final particle which transforms statements into questions that indicate doubt or surprise (Cantonese)

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yáng / yang2
yang
clay sheep buried with the dead

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wèi / wei4
wei
 mi / み
not yet; did not; have not; not; 8th earthly branch: 1-3 p.m., 6th solar month (7th July-6th August), year of the Sheep; ancient Chinese compass point: 210°
(prefix) not yet; un-; (female given name) Mirei
Not yet; the future; 1-3 p. m; not yet


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zhàn / zhan4
chan
 kakebashi / かけばし
a wooden or bamboo pen for sheep or cattle; wood or bamboo trestlework; a warehouse
(surname) Kakebashi

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zāng / zang1
tsang
female sheep; place name


see styles
/ mi3
mi
to bleat (of a sheep)

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róng / rong2
jung
wool of sheep


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qún / qun2
ch`ün / chün
 gun
variant of 群[qun2]
A flock of sheep, herd, multitude, the flock, crowd, all.


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shān / shan1
shan
a flock of sheep (or goats); old variant of 膻[shan1]; old variant of 羶[shan1]

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shān / shan1
shan
rank odor (of sheep or goats)

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chàn / chan4
ch`an / chan
 san
to mix; to blend; to dilute; to adulterate
Crowding sheep, confusion; translit. kṣan, ṣan; crowding sheep

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shān / shan1
shan
rank odor (of sheep or goats)

亡羊

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

公羊

see styles
gōng yáng / gong1 yang2
kung yang
ram (male sheep)

六畜

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liù chù / liu4 chu4
liu ch`u / liu chu
 rokuchiku
six domestic animals, namely: pig, cow, sheep, horse, chicken and dog
The six animals likened to the six organs 六根, v. 六衆生.

啞羊


哑羊

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yǎ yáng / ya3 yang2
ya yang
 ayō
(啞羊僧) A dumb sheep (monk), stupid, one who does not know good from bad, nor enough to repent of sin; dumb sheep

害馬


害马

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hài mǎ / hai4 ma3
hai ma
lit. the black horse of the herd; fig. troublemaker; the black sheep of the family

攘羊

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

放羊

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fàng yáng / fang4 yang2
fang yang
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

未年

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 hitsujidoshi / ひつじどし year of the sheep

牛羊

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

牧羊

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

牧群

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mù qún / mu4 qun2
mu ch`ün / mu chün
herd of sheep

綿羊


绵羊

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mián yáng / mian2 yang2
mien yang
 menyou / menyo / めんよう
sheep
sheep

緬羊

see styles
 menyou / menyo / めんよう sheep

羊乳

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

羊偏

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

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