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January 19, 2017

JET teacher Laurence's January Blog Post!

Hello everyone! Happy new year of the chicken!


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Chicken? Eh? That’s right! You’ve probably seen it everywhere from pictures in convenience stores to your New Year greeting cards: 2017 is the year of the chicken (or rooster, depending of the translation you find)!


However, what does it mean? Does it mean you can eat more chicken this year? Not exactly…although chicken breast is pretty good for your health and you should try to eat it more often than chicken thighs.


As you might know, animals are associated with years in the Chinese zodiac, which is known and used in many countries. People born on the years 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2017 were all born under the sign of the chicken. Of course, whether you choose to believe in what is written about your sign is entirely up to you. Either way, I think we should try to make the most of every year, no matter what the zodiac says. What do you think? Are you a rooster? What are your goals for this year?


Here is some information about what characteristics people born in the year of the Rooster have.