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揠苗助长 Plucking up a crop to help it grow

有个急性子的宋国人,日夜盼望稻田里的稻子快些长大。有一天,他想出了一个妙计……It is said that a short tempered man in the Song Dynasty was very anxious to hope his rice crop growing up quickly.One day, he thought a solution...

课文 Text:
   有个急性子的宋国人,日夜盼望稻田里的稻子快些长大。可是,稻子是要慢慢长的,不能照他想的那样长得那么快。
   有一天,他想出了一个妙计:他下田去,把每棵稻子都从土里拔高了一些。
   “好累啊!辛辛苦苦干了一整天!不过,田里的稻子倒是都长高好些了。”
   他的儿子听说田里的稻子长高了好些,连忙跑到田里去看。可是,糟糕得很,田里的稻苗的叶子,都开始枯萎了。

解释 Explanation to the idiom:
根据这个寓言故事引申出"揠苗助长"这句成语,“揠”就是拔的意思,拔高禾苗以帮助禾苗长高。比喻不顾客观规律,急于求成,反而将事情办糟了,坏了事。

生词 New words:

急性子 jíxìngzi : hothead
盼望 pànwàng : look forward to
稻子 dàozi : paddy, rice
稻田 dàotián : paddyfield
妙计 miàojì : a good idea, coup
拔 bá : pull out
糟糕 zāogāo : too bad
枯萎 kūwěi : withered

词语应用 Application of the new words:
(1)不顾孩子的承受能力,每天给孩子做不完的作业,这样的教育方式真是揠苗助长啊。
(2)她是个急性子,做事也总是急于求成,结果往往把事情给办砸了。

翻译 Translation:

plucking Up a Crop To Help It Grow
 
Chinese proverbs are rich and they are still widely used in Chinese people's daily life. There are often stories behind Chinese proverbs. We will introduce one proverb, 'plucking up a crop to help it grow.' This Chinese proverb is based on the following story.

It is said that a short tempered man in the Song Dynasty (960-1279) was very anxious to hope his rice crop growing up quickly. He was thinking about this day and night. But the crop was growing much slower than he expected.

One day, he thought a solution to this. He plucked up all of his crop a few inches.

Even though he was very tired after doing this for a whole day, but he felt very happy since the crop did 'grow' higher.

His son heard about this and went to see the crop. Unfortunately the leaves of the crop began to wither.

This proverb is saying we have to let things go in its natural course. Being too anxious to help an event to develop often results in the contrary to our intent.

 
 
 Source : CRIENGLISH  Editor: WuLin
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