猴年马月(hóu nián mǎ yuè), literally meaning “Horse month of the Monkey year”, indicates something that cannot be done within a predictable period of time, or the chance of success is slim.
When he finds a girlfriend? Good luck waiting!
The company will never succeed.
Based on the Chinese lunar calendar, each animal in the zodiac not only represents one year, but also symbolizes a particular month. For example, the rat corresponds to the 11th month in a lunar year and an ox refers to the 12th. The "Horse month of Monkey year" only appears once every 12 years. Therefore the idiom is used to refer to a date in the unforeseeable future.
However, 2016 is the year of Monkey, and the month of the horse falls from June 5 to July 3. As the seemingly distant future is nearly upon us, the topic has created a lot of buzz online. Many netizens are describing 2016 as a good year, as they believe their best efforts will finally pay off this year.
My mum said that I can only find a girlfriend in 'Horse month of Monkey year'. Guess what? The time is coming!
My boss once seriously told me that my salary would not go up until the 'Horse month of the Monkey year'. When I looked at the calendar, I knew I had something to look forward to this year!