(2017Translation) 助長

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Original Script

無若宋人然:宋人有閔其苗之不長而揠之者,芒芒然歸。謂其人曰:『今日病矣,予助苗長矣。』其子趨而往視之,苗則槁矣。天下之不助苗長者寡矣。以為無益而舍之者,不耘苗者也;助之長者,揠苗者也。非徒無益,而又害之。 《孟子.公孫丑上》


Translation

Student 1 : Sanghoon Na


Do not be like the man of Song. Among the people of the state of Song there was a man, who was concerned about his undergrown sprouts {%%that his sprouts are not growing%%}, pulled them up. Totally clueless[1], he returned home, and said to his family, "Today I am worn out. I helped the sprouts to grow {%%grow%%}." His son hurried and went to see it. The sprouts were withered {%%withered%%}. Those in the world who do not help the sprouts to grow {%%grow%%} are few. Those who consider it [浩然之氣] {00Though this is in the context of ‘boundless and surging qi 浩然之氣, we may not assume that 之 in this sentence was intended to mean 浩然之氣 specifically. Mencius might have meant any endeavor of pursuing.00} useless and abandon it are like those who do not weed their sprouts. Those who help it[浩然之氣] to grow are like those who pull up the sprouts. Not only is it useless, but also it harms it[浩然之氣].

Student 2 : Younès M'Ghari


Do not be like the people of Song. There was someone among the people of Song who was concerned about his sprouts not growing and who used to pull on it {%%[thus] pulled them up%%}; he returned home tired out {%%without a clue%%}, called his kins and told them {%%told his family/kins%%}: “Today I’m exhausted. I helped my sprout to grow {%%grow%%}.” His son ran in a hurry to see that; it {%%the sprouts%%} had dried. Those who do not help sprouts grow in this world are few now. Those who consider that something is useless and give up are not those who weed sprouts; those who help it grow are those who pull out sprouts. It is not just useless, but also damaging it.

Student 3 : Petra Sváková


Do not be like the man from the state of Song. [Among] the people of the state of Song there was a man who was concerned about his sprouts not growing and he pulled them up. [Then] he hurried back home and said to his family: "I am tired today [because] I helped the sprouts grow." His son [heard that and] rushed to see them [but by then] the sprouts withered. In the world, those who do not help the sprouts grow are few now. Those who think that [they can] not help and abandon them, are those who do not grow the sprouts. [However] those who [try to] help them grow, are those who pull the sprouts up. Not only that it is useless but it also harms them [even more].

Student 4 : (Write your name)


Don't be a {%%like the%%} person of Song like so {%%Song%%}:

There was a man of Song, worried about the not growing of his sprouts, pulled them up, and hurriedly returned home.

"Got tired today, I helped the sprouts grow," [he] told his family.

His son ran and went to see them, [but] already [the sprouts] had withered.

In the world the ones who do not help the sprouts grow are [become] few {%%are few now / have become few%%}.

Those that believe [something is] without advantage and leave it [alone] are not the ones who till sprouts; those that help them grow are the ones who pull them up. [It's] not just without advantage, but also harms them.


Edited:

Don't be like the person of Song:

There was a man of Song, worried about the not growing of his sprouts, pulled them up, and hurriedly returned home.

"Got tired today, I helped the sprouts grow," [he] told his family.

His son ran and went to see them, [but] already [the sprouts] had withered.

In the world the ones who do not help the sprouts grow have become few.

Those that believe [something is] without advantage and leave it [alone] are not the ones who till sprouts; those that help them grow are the ones who pull them up. [It's] not just without advantage, but also harms them.

Student 5 : (Write your name)


Let’s not be like a man in the state of Song. There was a man of Song, who was grieved that his sprouts were no longer growing. He pulled them up. He came back home rapidly and told his family; "I was tired today. So I helped them to grow." His son ran fast to look at them and went back. His son found that the sprouts withered. There are few men who do not assist the sprout to grow in the world. Thinking there is no benefit and let them leave alone. They are not the ones who cultivate them. Helping them to grow is destroying them. Not only is there no benefit, but there is harm.

Student 6 : (Goeun Lee)

Do not be like this man of Song: There was a man in the state of Song who was worried about his sprouts not growing. For this, he pulled them up and hurriedly returned home. Then this man said, “I feel tired today because I helped the sprouts grow.”His son ran there, only to find that the sprouts had dried up. In the world, there are few people who does not help their sprouts grow. Not weeding [around] the sprouts may be useless. His helping the grain to grow was pulling it out. It is not only useless but also damaging.


Student 7 : (Alexandre Le Marchand)


Do not be a person like people from Song state. Among people of Song State was a man who was concerned about his not growing corns so he pulled it out. He was busy and did it quickly, then he went back home and said to the people he was talking to: “Today was a hard day because I helped the corns growing”. His son runs to see what he means, the crows was rooted. Beneath the sky people who don’t help corn to grow are few. Do not research profit and letting it grow means do not uproot it, and helping it to grow means pulling it out. This is not only having no profit, but it’s also injuring it.

Student 8 : Bryan Sauvadet


無若宋人然。

Do not be like the people {%%man%%} from the state of Song.


宋人有閔其苗之不長而揠之者;

Among the people of Song there was a man who was worried about his sprouts not growing and he pulled them up.


芒芒然歸,謂其人曰:

And hurriedly he returned home, and said:


『今日病矣,予助苗長矣。』

"I am tired today because I helped the sprouts grow."


其子趨而往視之,苗則槁矣。

His son ran and went to see them, but the sprouts had already withered.


天下之不助苗長者寡矣。

In this world, those who do not help the sprouts grow are few now.


以為無益而舍之者,不耘苗者也。

Some who consider it without benefit, and let it alone - they are not the ones who till sprouts


助之長者,揠苗者也。非徒無益,而又害之。

Those who help them grow are those who pull out the sprouts. They do not just without benefit, but moreover harm it.

Student 9 : HeeJin Lee


Do not be like [this] person [of/from] Song: Among the Song people, there was one who [was] concerned that his sprouts were not growing and pulled them, [after which he] returned home. [He] said to his people [(his family)]: Today I am tired, I helped the sprouts grow. His son ran after and went to see them, [and] the sprouts were dried up now. Under Heaven, the ones/those who do not help sprouts grow are few {^now^}. Those who consider nothing to be gained {%%that there is nothing to be gained%%}} and throw them [(the sprouts)] {00 Does this 之 mean sprouts or 助長?00} away {^are not those who grow sprouts^}. [They] do not raise sprouts {00This part should be the predicate in the previous sentence.00}, those who help them grow are those who pull out the sprouts. [They do] not just [do without[ benefit, but moreover harm it.

Student 10 : Jelena Gledić


Do not be like the men of Song. There was one among the men of Song who was concerned his sprouts were not growing so he pulled them out. Exhausted, he returned home and told his family: “Today was so tiring, I was helping the sprouts grow.” His son rushed to check on the sprouts, and surely, they had all withered. In this world, there are few people who do not help sprouts grow. Thinking there is no benefit and giving up is not weeding the sprouts. Helping sprouts grow is destroying them. Not only is there no benefit, but there is also harm. “Mencius, Gong Sun Chou Part I

Student 11 : (Write your name)



Student 12 : (Write your name)


Do not be like (this) Song person:

There was a person in the state of Song, who worried about his sprouts rarely growing. And he pulled them up and exhaustedly went back. He told his people and said, “I’m so tired today. I helped the sprouts to grow.” His son ran up to the sprouts and saw them wither. In this world, there are not few people who help sprouts to grow. Those who give up the sprouts because they think that there is no benefit are those who do not weed the sprouting field. Those who help the sprouts to grow are those who pull them up. Not only is there no benefit, but it also does harm.

Student 13 : Ra YeonJae


Do not be like the people of Song. There was a person of Song who concerned about his sprouts not growing and he pulled them up. He hurried up and go back to home. He told his family, “Today I worked a lot, I helped sprouts grow.” His son dashed and go to see it, but sprouts withered then. Those under the heaven who do not help sprouts are few. Who redeems inutility and discard them cannot raise the sprouts also. Those who help the sprouts grow is those who pulled them out. Not only it has no profit, but also harm it.
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