Phonetic Alphabet Tables

NATO Phonetic Alphabet

Letter phonetic letter
A Alpha
B Bravo
C Charlie
D Delta
E Echo
F Foxtrot
G Golf
H Hotel
I India
J Juliet
K Kilo
L Lima
M Mike
N November
O Oscar
P Papa
Q Quebec
R Romeo
S Sierra
T Tango
U Uniform
V Victor
W Whiskey
X X-ray
Y Yankee
Z Zulu

Western Union Phonetic Alphabet

Letter phonetic letter
A Adams
B Boston
C Chicago
D Denver
E Easy
F Frank
G George
H Henry
I Ida
J John
K King
L Lincoln
M Mary
N New York
O Ocean
P Peter
Q Queen
R Roger
S Sugar
T Thomas
U Union
V Victor
W William
X X-ray
Y Young
Z Zero
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Roman Numerals Chart

1 I 21 XXI 41 XLI 61 LXI 81 LXXXI
2 II 22 XXII 42 XLII 62 LXII 82 LXXXII
3 III 23 XXIII 43 XLIII 63 LXIII 83 LXXXIII
4 IV 24 XXIV 44 XLIV 64 LXIV 84 LXXXIV
5 V 25 XXV 45 XLV 65 LXV 85 LXXXV
6 VI 26 XXVI 46 XLVI 66 LXVI 86 LXXXVI
7 VII 27 XXVII 47 XLVII 67 LXVII 87 LXXXVII
8 VIII 28 XXVIII 48 XLVIII 68 LXVIII 88 LXXXVIII
9 IX 29 XXIX 49 XLIX 69 LXIX 89 LXXXIX
10 X 30 XXX 50 L 70 LXX 90 XC
11 XI 31 XXXI 51 LI 71 LXXI 91 XCI
12 XII 32 XXXII 52 LII 72 LXXII 92 XCII
13 XIII 33 XXXIII 53 LIII 73 LXXIII 93 XCIII
14 XIV 34 XXXIV 54 LIV 74 LXXIV 94 XCIV
15 XV 35 XXXV 55 LV 75 LXXV 95 XCV
16 XVI 36 XXXVI 56 LVI 76 LXXVI 96 XCVI
17 XVII 37 XXXVII 57 LVII 77 LXXVII 97 XCVII
18 XVIII 38 XXXVIII 58 LVIII 78 LXXVIII 98 XCVIII
19 XIX 39 XXXIX 59 LIX 79 LXXIX 99 XCIX
20 XX 40 XL 60 LX 80 LXXX 100 C
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Your Choice of Coffee and Your Personality

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How to Pronounce Japanese Words

sushiHere are some Japanese words that most non-Japanese people often mispronounce.  This article will show you how to say these words the true Japanese way.

Anime – Japanese animation isn’t pronounced “A-ni-mei” like “animal” — it’s “ah-ni-meh.” The differences might sound subtle or trivial, but if you say it the “American” way in Japan, people may not understand you.

Bonsai – The art of crafting sculpture out of trees is mispronounced a lot as “banzai,” but that’s a Japanese cheer. The correct way to say it is “bohn-sigh.”

Daikon – The pungent Japanese radish, which seems to be more and more available in American supermarkets’ produce sections, is often pronounced “DYE-conn.” Try saying “dai-kohn,” where the subtle different in the first syllable is a softer “eye” sound, and the second syllable rhymes with “loan,” but cut off short.

Futon – The traditional Japanese sleeping mat (and cover — we grew up with thick warm futon that were used both beneath us and as covers) became popular with trendy American yuppies in the ’80s, with hippie stores cranking out clunky beds and convertible sofas that used futon cushions. But those stores’ employees and their shoppers always called them “FOO-tawn.” The Japanese pronunciation is a clipped first syllable, almost just an “F,” and a shortened second: “f’tohn.”

Gyoza – The Japanese word for the Chinese “potsticker” dumpling is too often spoken as “gee-YO-za,” instead of “gyo-zuh.” Westerners seem to have an innate need to add extra syllables. They also do it to Tokyo, which should be just two syllable, “Toh-Kyo” but is often stretched into “Toe-kee-yo.”

Harakiri – The act of ritual suicide, which is also called “seppuku” (“stomach-cutting”) was an extreme way that samurai showed fealty to their lords when they failed, or when their lords died (or for lords to exit the world with honor after they failed). It’s most commonly pronounced “harry-carry” by Americans, which drives me nuts. It’s “ha-rra-kiri,” just like it looks.

Hiroshima – The city in southern Japan that suffered the first atomic bomb explosion, leading to the end of WWII, is today pronounced by Americans as “Huh-ROE-shi-muh,” but it’s actually “He-ro-shi-mah,” with shorter syllables and no emphasis. The “R” should be a little bit trilled, not a Western “R’ sound like “roe.”

Kamikaze – The word was popularized after WWII because of the suicide missions by the desperate Japanese military towards the close of the war. Today, I hear it in names for drinks or silly sushi rolls, and it’s often pronounced “kaw-maw-KAW-zee” instead of “kah-mi-kah-zeh.” Literally, it means “divine wind” or “wind of the gods”: “kami” is spirit or god, and “kaze” is wind. It refers to a sudden storm that blew out of nowhere and helped repel invaders in ancient Japanese history, and was poetically applied to the doomed young (barely men) pilots that were ordered in suicide missions to slam their planes into US warships because Japan had out of bombs.

Karaoke – This one gets me but it’s already so established it sounds forced if someone says it correctly. It’s like saying “bu-rrree-toh” Spanish-style in a Taco Bell. Americans universally say “carry-okee,” but the Japanese pronunciation is “kara-oh-keh.” The “R” in the “kara” part is trilled almost like an L, so it should rhyme with “ka-lah.” Karaoke is a shortened combination of two words (Japanese love to do this with words), “karappo” which means empty, and “okestora,” which is a transliteration of orchestra. Literally, karaoke means “empty orchestra”: music with no band. Cool, huh?

Kobe – The word wasn’t often pronounced in the US until the rise of the city’s namesake, super-expensive beef, and the rise of Kobe Bryant, the Lakers’ basketball superstar. Now everyone says it like the NBA player, “KOE-bee” instead of the more subdued “Koh-beh.”

Manga – With Japanese comics and animation becoming so popular in the West, I often hear both anime and manga mispronounced. The word for comics is “mahn-gah,” not “MAN-guh.”

Nagano – This drove me crazy during the Winter Olympics. It’s three short syllables with no emphasis: “nah-ga-noh,” not “NAAH-guh-noe.”

Napa – The long-leafed cabbage is pronounced “nah-pah,” not “NAP-puh.” That’s the northern California valley where they make wine, or the auto parts company. Sometimes, the differences may sound subtle, like the differences between “hat” and “hot” for my mom.

Okinawa – The GIs come back from the Pacific and call the former island nation that’s now Japan’s southernmost state, “OH-kuh-NAW-waw” — it’s as if the Japanese had a drawl, which of course they don’t. Try saying, “O-ki-nah-wuh,” with no emphasis on any syllable. (BTW, Japanese doesn’t really have intonation, that is, emphasized syllables, except that in conversation, I think some syllables do get emphasized.)

Origami – This one’s kind of tricky, because the main problem with the word for the art of Japanese folded paper, is the rolled or trilled “R” sound, which isn’t part of English. Many people say “oh-RI-guh-mee” (as in polygamy) but it should be more like “oh-rree-gah-mee.”

Panko – Japanese breadcrumbs, often used as a coating instead of flour batter for dishes such as fried shrimp, or in Wendy’s case, their new fish sandwich. Instead of “PAN-koe,” try “pahn-koh.”

Ramen – Yes, one of the most familiar of all Japanese words, a staple of college students’ diets everywhere, is often pronounced “raw-MEN” or “RAW-men” by non-Japanese. But the dish is actually a Japanized version of the word for the traditional Chinese noodle, lo mein, and should be pronounced with more of a rolled “R” sound and no strong emphasis on either syllable: “rrah-men.”

Sake – Rice wine has become a staple in not just Japanese restaurants and sushi bars, but everywhere. But Americans who love the stuff (I can’t stand the taste of it) usually say “saw-kee” as if it were spelled “saki” instead of “sake.” Try saying “sah-keh.”

Shiitake – I hear the much-loved mushroom called “shee-TAW-kee” when it’s actually “shi-tah-keh.” The first syllable is more clipped than “shee” and the second is more clipped than “taw.” The last syllable is not a long “ee” but a short “eh.”

Sudoku – The hugely popular numeric puzzle game is often mispronounced. Sudoku should be really easy. It’s like it’s spelled: Soo-doh-koo. But I constantly hear it said as “So-doo-koo,” “So-doo-koh” or “Soo-doh-koh.”

Tempura – Instead of “temp-OH-ra” or “temp-POUR-uh” for the Japanese fried shrimp and veggies dish, try saying “tem-pu-rrah.” The “U” should not be stretched out, like “poo,” and should be more like the “oo” sound in “look.”

Teriyaki – I hear the marinade called “terry-YACK-ee” all the time, instead of “teh-rri-yah-ki” (with a slightly trilled “R”).

Tokyo – You’d think this one would be easy, but many people, including broadcasters, say “Toe-kee-yo” instead of “Toh-kyoh.” It’s two syllables, not three! The same goes for Kyoto: it’s “Kyo-toh” not “Kee-YO-toe.”

Tsunami – The March 11, 2011 earthquake off Sendai in Japan resulted in lots of media coverage of the resulting tsunami, and it’s driven me nuts to hear “soo-NAH-me,” when it’s pronounced just like the way it’s spelled, with the “T”: “tsu-nah-me.” Extra credit to a couple of NPR anchors and reporters who say it right even though others on the network don’t.

Udon – The traditional fat noodle is a staple in Japan, and Americans are starting to order it in restaurants to, but they have a habit of pronouncing it “ooooo-DAWN.” Try “oo-dohn.” The “oo” part should be short, not dragged out. And the “dohn” part kind of rhymes with “don’t.” My stepson Jared, who used to work in a Japanese fast-food restaurant years ago, wanted to yell at customers who said udon wrong.

Wasabi – Thanks to the TV commercials for Budweiser and the explosion of hip acceptability of sushi, the green stuff you mix into soy sauce became well-known, though it’s usually pronounced “wuh-SAH-bee.” It should be more precise and not so broad: “wah-sah-bi,” three very clipped syllables with none emphasized more than the others.

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Cooking Oils – Pros and Cons

cooking-oilWith so many cooking oils on store shelves, which is the best for you?  This article might help you decide.

Type of Oil Pros Cons
Olive Oil In the Mediterranean, there are lower rates of heart disease and breast cancer, and they use olive oil. Should not be heated to High Temperature
Corn, Canola, Soy Oil Can be used for higher-temperature cooking, and are neutral-tasting oils, so they are good for baking. Don’t use these too often because they are high in Omega 6 (a polyunsaturated oil and is thought to raise inflammation).  Inflammation is behind so many diseases, including heart disease.
Sunflower Oil High in polyunsaturated fats, which in the 1970s were thought to be healthy. Polyunsaturated do lower blood cholesterol, but they potentially increase inflammation which can lead to diseases such as heart disease.
Coconut Oil Lots of hype about it over the past few years. It has a high level of saturated fat.  Places where it is used as a main source for cooking have a higher level of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
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How to Become a Coffee Connoisseur

CoffeeCoffee Bean types

Through experimentation you’ll learn about bean variety, importance of harvest altitude, bean size, wet or dry processing, freshness and type of roast. There are two main, superior coffee bean types.

arabica-robusta-coffee-caffeineArabica Bean

This richly flavored, specialty bean is grown organically and is picked by hand. Specialty coffee is always more expensive because it isn’t mass produced.

Robusta Bean

Used as a blend with other specialty beans because the flavor isn’t as rich.

Importance of grinding

Every coffee aficionado knows that the most important step when making coffee at home is the grinding process. The secret is to know how long to grind the beans depending on the type of coffee and how you wish to use it. For example, a finely ground coffee is needed to make espresso while a medium ground bean is used for drip coffee makers. Measure carefully because you should immediately brew whatever you grind.

Brewing science

Coffee connoisseurs often turn brewing into a science. Brewing is the most challenging step in making the perfect cup of coffee. You’ll soon learn that the oilier the bean, the more flavor it releases.

Always keep your equipment clean after each use to prevent old smells from creeping into your fresh brew.

Because the quality of tap water varies, most connoisseurs use bottled or filtered water for best results. (Never use distilled water.)

The perfect temperature to brew coffee is 200 degrees. Connoisseurs are very particular about the brewing water not being too hot or too cold.

Use Barista tools

You cannot develop the perfect cup of coffee without investing in one or two barista tools.

Coffee Dosing ToolDosing Tool

This handy tool allows you to make precise measurements and prevent waste. It can also be used to flatten your ground coffee before placing it into your machine.

Coffee Jug and ThermometerStainless Steel Milk Jug and Thermometer

Most coffee connoisseurs believe that no cup can achieve greatness without the perfect foam on top. Using these items correctly guarantees the perfect temperature to make your foam.

Attend a coffee tasting

You’ve heard of wine tastings where people learn to expand their palates and learn about new wines. Coffee tastings, known to connoisseurs as “cupping,” are also growing in popularity. Check your area for shops that specialize in selling gourmet coffee beans, because they often host cupping events.

Learning how to become a coffee connoisseur will not only be a delicious adventure, but it can also be a way to find other coffee lovers who share your passion.

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How to Avoid Scope Creep in 7 Steps

What is Scope Creep?

Scope Creep is the expansion of a project outside of the planned objectives.

What causes Scope Creep?

Scope Creep can originate from several sources and is a leading cause of project failure when handled poorly.

Why is Scope Creep so harmful to projects?

Missed deadlines, budget shortage, and ultimately, project failure!

How to avoid Scope Creep?

Use the following 7 steps to control the scope of your project:

  1. Thoroughly understand the project vision.
    Meet with the project drivers and deliver an overview of the project as a whole for their review and comments.
  2. Understand your priorities and the priorities of the project drivers.
    Make an ordered list for your review throughout the project duration. Items should include budget, deadline, feature delivery, customer satisfaction, and employee satisfaction. You’ll use this list to justify your scheduling decisions once the project has commenced.
  3. Define your deliverables and have them approved by the project drivers.
    Deliverables should be general descriptions of functionality to be completed during the project.
  4. Break the approved deliverables into actual work requirements.
    The requirements should be as detailed as necessary and can be completed using a simple spreadsheet. The larger your project, the more detail you should include. If your project spans more than a month or two, don’t forget to include time for software upgrades during development and always include time for ample documentation.
  5. Break the project down into major and minor milestones.
    Minor milestones should not span more than a month. Whatever your method for determining task duration, leave room for error. When working with an unknown staff, I generally schedule 140 to 160 percent of the duration as expected to be delivered. If your schedule is tight, reevaluate your deliverables. Coming in under budget and ahead of schedule leaves room for additional enhancements.  Complete a generous project schedule to be approved by the project drivers.
  6. Assign resources and determine your critical path using a PERT Chart or Work Breakdown Structure.
    Microsoft Project will create this for you. Your critical path will change over the course of your project, so it’s important to evaluate it before development begins. Follow this map to determine which deliverables must be completed on time. In very large projects, I try not to define my phase specifics too early, but even a general plan will give you the backbone you need for successful delivery.
  7. If Scope Creep is unavoidable, implement a Change Order Process.
    A Change Order form will allow you to perform a cost-benefit analysis before scheduling changes requested by the project drivers.  Implement Change Order forms early and educate the project drivers on your processes.
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Canadian Postal Code Demystified

The Postal Code is an essential part of every postal address in Canada. The code was designed to aid in sorting mail by both mechanized and manual methods. It enables you to presort your mail, thereby bypassing a number of sorting processes within Canada Post and reducing your costs.

Because of nature of physically sorting mail, the postal code also lends itself to geographical analysis and segmentation, with certain limitations.

Structure of the Postal Code

The postal code is a six-character alpha-numeric code in the format “ANA NAN”, where “A” represents an alphabetic character and “N” represents a numeric character.

A postal code is made up of two segments:

  1. “Forward Sortation Area” (FSA)
  2. “Local Delivery Unit” (LDU)

Example: for the postal code “V3H 1Z7”, the FSA & LDU segments are shown in the table below.

FSA LDU
V3H 1Z7

FSA – Forward Sortation Area

Referred to as the “Forward Sortation Area” or “FSA”, this alpha-numeric-alpha sequence represents a specific area within a major geographic region or province. The FSA provides the basis for the primary sorting of forward mail.

The FSA is used extensively for geocoding and analysis, because each urban FSA represents an area and population that is convenient for analysis. For example, Canada Post indicates that the “V3H” FSA contains approximately 9,400 residences.

A N A N A N

1st Character of the FSA Segment

The first character of the FSA segment splits the country in to 18 major geographic areas, provinces or districts:

A Newfoundland and Labrador
B Nova Scotia
C Prince Edward Island
E New Brunswick
G Eastern Quebec
H Metropolitan Montreal
J Western Quebec
K Eastern Ontario
L Central Ontario
M Metropolitan Toronto
N Southwestern Ontario
P Northern Ontario
R Manitoba
S Saskatchewan
T Alberta
V British Columbia
X Northwest Territories and Nunavut
Y Yukon Territory

2nd Character of the FSA Segment

This character is an important component for mail preparation and data processing as it identifies either:

  • an urban postal code: numerals 1 to 9 in the second position e.g. V3H. Urban postal codes are generally serviced by Letter Carrier or community mail boxes.
  • a rural postal code: numeral 0 (zero) in the second position e.g.. T0B Rural postal codes are serviced by rural route drivers and/or postal outlets.
A N A N A N

3rd Character of the FSA Segment

For urban postal codes, the third character of the FSA segment (V3H) in conjunction with the first two characters, describes an exact area of a city or town or other geographic area.

For rural areas, the full postal code is required to fully describe the town or area.

A N A N A N

LDU – Local Delivery Unit

The Local Delivery Unit (LDU), identified by the last three characters of the postal code accommodates a more final sort within an FSA.

In urban areas, the last three digits may indicate a specific city block (one side of a street between two intersecting streets), a single building or, in some cases a large volume mail receiver.

In rural areas, the last three digits together with the FSA, identify a specific rural community.

Placement of the Postal Code

The postal code is placed on the same line as the municipality and the province and is separated from the province by two spaces. If municipality, province and postal code exceed 40 characters, the postal code is placed on the bottom line (left justified).

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Chinese Horoscope 2012

DRAGON

2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928 and 1916

You are in conflict with the year. You travel or move around a lot and are prone to accidents, small ailments, losses in gambling and speculations. You will do better in mobile businesses — such as trading, import/export, sales/marketing. If you are in a line of work with power, such as police, soldier, priest or monk, you will do quite well. Income is stable and you will do even better if you have authority in your line of work. Avoid partnerships since they may get you into conflicts. Romance could be unstable. This is not a good year for the dragon to get married. Be patient with your significant other. In terms of health, you may be prone to colds and flus. Rest well to conserve energy. Remember to drive carefully.

Highlights for people born in dragon years:

2000 – Your energy level may be too low to focus. Play less and study more.

1988 – You had to go through difficulties before getting easy. Be patient. There will be conflicts and arguments with people. Hold your temper.

1976 – Work hard to make money and don’t gamble. Be practical and then you will be safe.

1964 – Your work will be stable, whether or not you get that promotion. even with chances of promotion. You will frequently avoid troubles.

1952 – Pay attention to your health and exercise more. Consider travelling and keep an open mind.

1940 – You tend to complain a lot. Energy level will be low. Take things easy and exercise more.

SNAKE

2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929 and 1917

You will love to travel this year. You favour work that involves travel, trading, sales and/or marketing. If you work with cars, airplanes or trades, you will do very well. Your wealth will be proportionate to the distance travelled. There will be many happy events this year, including weddings. A partnership may not be good for you. Be careful with arguments or betrayal. The male snake has more romances than the female one. Enjoy alone time. If you are single, you may not have much desire to get married. This is a healthy year for you. Travelling gives you even more energy.

Highlights for people born in snake years:

2001 – This is a good year for you to study. You enjoy helping other people. Besides doing well in school, you may even earn your friends’ respect.

1989 – You had to work hard to make money. Still, your finances should not be a problem.

1977 – There will be other people helping you. You will have many opportunities, especially if you are self-employed. If you work for other people, you may get a promotion.

1965 – Your boss will like you, thus giving you some promotion. The more you are close to those with power, the higher your chance to make money.

1953 – You will obtain much help from your friends, especially from the opposite gender. Your desire to travel exceeds last year. You favour jobs with mobility.

1941 – You seem to lack of energy. Besides keeping a healthy mind, you should do more physical exercise.

HORSE

1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930 and 1918

There is an old saying: “You are as healthy as a dragon and a horse.” Indeed. You will have plenty of energy this year. And while you are in motion, be careful of accidents that may lead to bleeding. Pay close attention to sharp objects and while out on the road. Keep an eye on the well-being of elderly relatives; there may be death in the family. You will have plenty of romance. If you are married, beware of extramarital relations. If you are single, beware of a misunderstanding with your loved one. Your learning power is strong and you favour careers tied to education, healing and the end-of-life stage. They will be smooth for you. burial services such as funeral or cemetery. Research works well for you. Your wealth will be proportionate to your mobility; expect a steady flow of money. An elderly woman will help you in your life.

Highlights for people born in horse years:

1990 – You may have trouble concentrating. You may even spend too much time on romances. Try to spend more time to focus on your studies.

1978 – Most things you do tend to be like a winding road. Most will start hard before they become easier. Beware of accidents.

1966 – This is a hard work-year for you. You will have to handle almost every thing by yourself. It will not be a straight road. Endure and you will succeed.

1954 – You will have good help and relation with your boss. You will still be ambitious and have big plans.

1942 – You will be quite energetic, even getting along very well with young people. You should participate more in your social or community activities.

1930 – At this age, your energy level has receded quite a bit. Exercise more. Participate more in your social circle. Look at life more brightly.

SHEEP

1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931 and 1919

You are connecting to the dragon year quite well. Hence there will be luck for you, together with new projects and opportunities. New projects and opportunities are on the horizon. You will succeed in the fields of medicine, art and design. Your money signs are strong, and investments will do well. New sources of income are on their way. If you are single, consider marriage. If you are married, beware of extramarital relations. In general, your relationships will be good. An older man will help you. Pay attention to your digestive system. Eat healthily.

Highlights for people born in sheep years:

1991 – You should be at the turning point of graduation ad work. You seem to be a bit lost. Even your romantic relations are weak.

1979 – Most things you do tend to be ups and downs. Hence be conservative. If you are employed, stay put. If you are self-employed, do not expand.

1967 – You will have plenty of help and opportunities. If you work for other people, you may get promoted. If you have your own business, there will new business opportunities.

1955 – Watch your health. You may feel exhaustion. You should exercise more and rest well. Be more open-minded about just anything.

1943 – Although you are no longer young, you still have many friends, especially those of the opposite gender. Try to participate more in social and community activities. It is good for you.

1931 – Be careful of your eating habits. Exercise well. Do not gamble.

MONKEY

1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932 and 1920

You are quietly connected to the dragon. Hence you will have luck on your side. Most things will run smoothly this year, however, your helpers may not be directly connected you. They could come from other people. People will be jealous of you. Keep a low profile. You favour work that involves moving and people, and so trading, sales and marketing are good matches for you. Entertainment and public relations are also a good fit. Income will be stable. There may be some surprise money on its way. The better your people skills, the better the cash flow. Romances are strong. If you are single, consider marriage. If you are married, there could be a child. Health is good. Your impatience, however, could cause you a few accidents. Be calm.

Highlights for people born in monkey years:

1992 – You will have many good friends. You will also study well. Nonetheless, you may not have many romances.

1980 – This is a very smooth year for you. You may be promoted to a new position in which you will do very well. If you are self employed, you should expand. If you are married, it will be time to have a child.

1968 – This is a hard working year for you. Even your opportunities will be fairly unstable. Stay put and conservative.

1956 – You had to work hard to make money. Beware of jealousy and backstabbing. Try to get some “rat” people to help you.

1944 – You will have luck and get out of trouble easily. You may want to consider retirement. Be more socially active.

1932 – The older, the more energetic. You will have many friends and should not be lonely.

ROOSTER

1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933 and 1921

You are much connecting to the dragon. Hence, this is a lucky year for you. You have good people skills, especially with the opposite sex. You are drawn to careers that involve a great deal of authority, such as a government official, army or police officer. The entertainment and beauty industries also grab your eye. Income will arrive from many different sources. However, you have a legal sign this year. Be careful of legal conflicts and pay close attention while behind the wheel. If you are single, consider marriage. If you are married, be careful of other relations. Pay attention to your lungs and kidneys and exercise more.

Highlights for people born in rooster years:

1993 – You tend to be too playful, especially with the opposite gender. Try to focus more on your studies.

1981 – You tend to care for other people a lot. Although you are giving, you are happy. You will favour public relations.

1969 – Be careful of legal conflicts. Drive carefully. In your work, think before you act. Don’t get greedy, otherwise you could lose money.

1957 – You will have plenty of help and opportunities. This is a lucky year for you. There will be promotions. Your money sign is strong.

1945 – Although you will not have to worry about money, beware of problems with your liver or gallbladder.

1933 – Your health may not be that great. Exercise and rest well. Take things easy.

DOG

1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934 and 1922

The dog is opposite to the dragon. You are prone to losing money, so avoid any gambles or guesses. Since you are also prone to accidents and legal troubles, take it easy at work and do drive carefully. Your regular income should remain stable. If you are a surgeon, butcher, soldier or police officer, you will do well. Work that involves finance or gambling are not good paths for you. Only hard work will bring you money. If you want to succeed, put in more effort. Choose saving over gambling. Quarrels and arguments can be expected, so be patient and keep an open mind. If you are single, forget marriage this year. Beware of surgeries. Your digestive system could bother you.

Highlights for people born in dog years:

1994 – Your studies may tend to be unstable. Luckily your teacher helps you a lot. Study hard and you will be okay.

1982 – You have help from your friends and peers. However, your job may be unstable and mobile. You will favour a career with travel.

1970 – Your work seems to cause you a lot of effort. Yet the results may still be unstable. It is better for you to assist other people than is your own boss.

1958 – There will be hindrances and setbacks. Be patient. Stay put. Do not gamble or speculate.

1946 – You may consider retirement. Travelling is good for you.

1934 – Beware of issues to do with your liver, gallbladder and bowels. Rest well. Exercise well. Spend more time with your children or grandchildren.

PIG

1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935 and 1923

There is a very prominent power sign with you. Fame and power are on your side. Luck will get you out of trouble. You are spiritual and imaginative; choose a field that will benefit from these traits. A job in the public sector or one in education would be a good fit. Jobs to do with happy events, such as marriage, are also suitable. There will be a breakthrough in your career. Your fame will exceed your money. The better known you are, the more money you will make. Income will be tied to this association. You have many friends and this will be a very romantic year. If you are single, consider marriage. If you are married, you will enjoy your marriage even more. There will be the occasional quarrel. Be patient Beware of exhaustion due to overworking.

Highlights for people born in pig years:

1995 – You have a very powerful learning star shining on your studies. However, your romantic events will be very unstable. You should just ignore them.

1983 – You favour businesses to do with people, especially in public relations. If you are still single, consider marriage.

1971 – You are a good help to other people. You will do better as a helper than your own boss. You also favour charity and social work.

1959 – Most work will tend to be stumbling along. You should seek other people’s help in order to succeed.

1947 – This is your lucky year. You will get much help from people with money or high positions. Your authority and wealth will improve. You will experience a breakthrough in your work.

1935 – Even though you are getting old, your energy level remains high. Stay socially active.

RAT

1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924 and 1912

The rat is fully connecting with the dragon. This is a very lucky year for you. Luck, romance and wealth are all on your side. Jobs that focus on people, public relations or beauty are good matches. If you are an actor or a singer, you will soar. Work hard to achieve your dreams. There will be many money-making opportunities. This is a very romantic year. Singles should get married. Those in commitments could face misunderstandings. Other than being accident-prone, your health will be quite good.

Highlights for people born in rat years:

1996 – Your hard work will pay off well. Just beware of spending too much time on your relations.

1984 – You will have much help from your boss. This is a very good year for you to get married.

1972 – Your relations will be quite good with your friends and peers. You will have many opportunities to expand what you do. Be free.

1960 – You will help many people this year. In turn, you will also benefit. If you are self-employed, you will be travelling a lot.

1948 – Although your public relations are good, you will have to work hard. There will be many surprises. Be conservative. Don’t get involved in things not concerning you.

1936 – Pay more attention to your heart and kidneys. Your people relations are good. Get more involved in your social or community activities.

OX

1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937, 1925 and 1913

Since the ox is in conflict with the dragon, expect some controversies, arguments and moments of loneliness this year. You may even be prone to legal conflicts. Despite this all, you will still find luck. You are drawn to careers that involve talking; you may be a lawyer, teacher, preacher or singer. If you are a soldier or a police officer, you will do especially well. If you work for others, keep a low profile and stay put where you are. Don’t gamble or speculate with money this year; be content with what you have. Watch out for arguments with your lover. You may be prone to many small accidents, but with luck on your side, nothing major is expected.

Highlights for people born in ox years:

1997 – You tend to argue a lot with your class mates and feel rejected. However, your teacher or parents are nice to help you out.

1985 – Beware of people conflicts. Be patient. You will get help from elderly people of the opposite gender.

1973 – While you have much help from your friends and peers, you could also easily run into controversies. If you are in the show business, you could become a hot item with the reporters.

1961 – You may feel dejected from time to time, partly due to people issues. Try to get some rooster friends.

1949 – There will be stumbling blocks in the way. Just flow with the energy. Don’t get involved in things that have nothing to do with you.

1937 – Your people relations will be quite good. You tend to talk a lot. You should get more involved in your social life.

TIGER

1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 1926 and 1914

The tiger has a very dominant travel sign this year. Wealth and travel seem to be interrelated. Beware of accidents. You are very spiritual — almost psychic — and are drawn to work in international trade, travel, logistics, army or policing. Surgeons and butchers will do particularly well this year. Those in religious, spiritual or metaphysical endeavours will also prosper. Work that involves analysis or logic does not appeal to you. Remember the more mobile you are, the more money you make. You will generate more income in a sales or marketing job than you would at a desk job. Romances may be weak, so be happy with what you have. Expect a healthy year ahead, but be mindful of accidents that may lead to bleeding.

Highlights for people born in tiger years:

1998 – Your mind seems to have trouble settling down. You have a big imagination. Don’t let it interfere with your studies.

1986 – Your income comes with hard work. At least it pays off well for you.

1974 – Your work will be smooth because of help from your boss or someone elderly.

1962 – You will have a good circle of friends. You will favour partnership business. You will do better outside the office.

1950 – You can help a lot of people. Hence you would do well as a teacher or councillor. An education career is good for you.

1938 – You should refrain from all kinds of gambling or speculations. Pay more attention to your health and enjoy life.

RABBIT

1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927 and 1915

The rabbit is in a conflict with the dragon. Beware of people relations and small bodily ailments. At work, you prefer to deal with power and money management. You could work in real estate or choose a path in healing. If you work for others, there’s a chance for a promotion. You will see improvements in wealth. Feel free to invest. There is not much romance on the horizon and this is not the year to get married. Spend more time working on your relationships. And pay attention to your immune system.

Highlights for people born in rabbit years:

1999 – Your school work will be much better than last year. However, you tend to be very competitive, which may cause a people issue with you.

1987 – You will have plenty of new opportunities. If you are a worker, you may get promoted. If you run a business, don’t lose sight of new products and new opportunities.

1975 – You will have to work hard this year. There will be volatilities in your work. Beware of people conflicts.

1963 – You favour working with people. There will be plenty of help for you.

1951 – You will feel your energy drain. You could help other people rather than yourself. They will in turn help you back.

1939 – Your health will be a concern, especially your spleen, stomach and kidneys. Pay more attention to exercise and rest. Enjoy life positively.

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