拔苗助长 (same as 揠苗助长; Chinese PinYin: [bá miáo zhù zhǎng]; traditional Chinese: 拔苗助長) may mean: (1) pulling up seedlings to help them grow bringing no profit but harm; (2) do harm to a thing by being over-enthusiastic about it; (3) haste makes waste; (4) being against the natural laws; (5) using the wrong methods. It is a Chinese idiomatic expression that originates in the book “孟子 (Mengzi)”, a collection of anecdotes and conversations of the Confucian thinker and philosopher Mencius on topics in moral and political philosophy. It is an everyday vocabulary that can be used in both spoken and written Mandarin Chinese. Some example phrases and expressions are: 不要拔苗助长 (don’t spoil things with excessive enthusiasm), 无异于拔苗助长 (same as pulling up seedlings to help them grow).
Literally: 拔 (pull out) + 苗 (seedling) + 助 (help) + 长 (grow)
1. How to pronounce 拔苗助长 ?
Chinese Pinyin: [bá miáo zhù zhǎng]
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2. Synonyms And Antonyms of 拔苗助长
Synonyms: 适得其反, 揠苗助长, 欲速不达, 急功近利,
3. What are the fixed expression, collocation and idioms that contains 拔苗助长
Fixed expression: N/A
Collocation: 不要拔苗助长 (don’t spoil things with excessive enthusiasm), 无异于拔苗助长 (same as pulling up seedlings to help them grow),
4. How to use 拔苗助长 in a sentence?
Below are some example sentences and quotes containing 拔苗助长.
Translation: Wheat grows in its own time but if you keep pulling it, it will just die.
Translation: The cramming teaching method without considering students’ acceptance, is same as pulling up seedlings to help them grow.
Translation: It takes time to grow spiritually, and we cannot make it happen faster.
Translation: I believe he has the talent – the problem is not to hurry him too much.
Translation: To educate the young generation in such a way is just like making the rice shoots grow by pulling them up.
Translation: Guide but don’t push.
Translation: But it’s important not to rush things to avoid setbacks.
Translation: Haste often makes waste.
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