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    #1

    maturity is driven

    Please check the following sentences translated from Chinese admonition .

    When I was crying, nobody came to comfort me.
    I learned to be strong.

    When I was afraid, nobody was beside me.
    I learned to be brave.

    When I was worried, nobody came to ease me.
    I learned to be sustainable.

    When I was tired, nobody could lean on.
    I learned to be self-supporting.

    Thatís that I find myself.
    It turn out that maturity is driven.

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    Re: maturity is driven

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashiuhto View Post
    Please check the following sentences translated from Chinese admonition .

    When I was crying, nobody came to comfort me.
    I learned to be strong.

    When I was afraid, nobody was beside me.
    I learned to be brave.

    When I was worried, nobody came to ease me.
    I learned to be sustainable.

    When I was tired, nobody could lean on there was no one to lean on.
    I learned to be self-supporting.

    Thatís that where I find myself.
    It turns out that maturity is driven.
    b.

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    Re: maturity is driven

    I'm not keen on "I learned to be sustainable". It has connotations of being environmentally friendly or "green".

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    #4

    Re: maturity is driven

    'Not keen on' is putting it mildly. Thoughtless use of such New-Age buzz-words makes me hopping mad

    b

    PS Meanwhile, back at the thread, they are using 'driven' with a similar disregard for its meaning. The meaning they are aiming for is 'made to develop by undergoing appropriate hardships' - though this interpretation makes the argument circular. The one who undergoes such experiences becomes mature. So it's not saying maturity IS anything (except, trivially, 'Maturity is a result of maturation'; duh... It's a rotten translation, for which the original translator could have been forgiven. What is unconscionable is some English-speaking native-speaker thinking it's all touchy-feely and full of mystical truth, and quoting it uncritically. [OK, getting down off my soap-box now...]
    Last edited by BobK; 14-Mar-2012 at 16:45.

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    Re: maturity is driven

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashiuhto View Post
    Please check the following sentences translated from Chinese admonition .

    When I was crying, nobody came to comfort me.
    I learned to be strong.
    When I was sad, nobody came to comfort me.
    This is how I learnt to be strong.


    When I was afraid, nobody was beside me.
    I learned to be brave.
    When I was afraid, nobody stood beside me.
    This is how I learnt to be brave.


    When I was worried, nobody came to ease me.
    I learned to be sustainable.
    When I was worried, nobody came to reassure me.
    This is how I learnt to look after myself.


    When I was tired, nobody could lean on.
    I learned to be self-supporting.
    When I was tired, there was no-one for me to lean on.
    This is how I learnt to support myself.


    That’s that I find myself.
    It turn out that maturity is driven.
    That's what I have found out.
    Maturity is developed through necessity.

    I'm sure it's not a suitable translation of the Chinese original, but I have posted above, in red, what I consider to be a pretty reasonable alternative of the English version that was posted.

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