年少气盛

English translation: young and impetuous

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12:42 Oct 31, 2005
Chinese to English translations [PRO]
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Chinese term or phrase: 年少气盛
因年少气盛,他转学西洋拳。
kschong
English translation:young and impetuous
Explanation:
young and impetuous

(As he's young and impetuous...)
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Beth Dennison
United Kingdom
Local time: 16:07
Grading comment
Thanks. Take your advice.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer



Summary of answers provided
4 +4young and impetuous
Beth Dennison
5 +1young and vigorous
Shang
4 +1young and ambitious
Paul Hirsh
3 +1FYI
Last Hermit
4juvenile and precipitate
Angus Woo
3 +1young and aggressive
chica nueva
3He was yong, full of energy, so he gave up Chinese Kongfu and truned to western boxing.
chinesetrans


  

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44 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +4
young and impetuous


Explanation:
young and impetuous

(As he's young and impetuous...)

Beth Dennison
United Kingdom
Local time: 16:07
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 8
Grading comment
Thanks. Take your advice.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Gary Key
11 mins
  -> Thanks

agree  Ritchest
11 mins
  -> Thanks

disagree  Shang: 气盛 = 精力充沛
4 hrs
  -> I found the definition of 年少气盛 in the Zhongda Chinese-English dictionary and went with that. I guess it depends on the overall context of the text as to which phrasing is the best.

agree  David Shen: 年少气盛=因为年纪还轻,所以盛气凌人,多贬义; 年富力强=年纪轻,所以精力充沛, 褒.
5 hrs
  -> Thanks - to me "young and impetuous" feels right here

agree  Denyce Seow: 气盛: 精力旺盛; 现多指火气大,易冲动 (现代汉语规范词典 - a dictionary I trust a lot)
9 hrs
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agree  Philip Tang: Yes! impetuous 冲动的!
13 hrs
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4 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +1
年少气盛
young and vigorous


Explanation:
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Note added at 4 hrs 57 mins (2005-10-31 17:40:49 GMT)
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气盛 = 精力充沛

Shang
China
Local time: 23:07
Works in field
Native speaker of: Chinese
PRO pts in category: 12

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  David Shen: The context should be: "He/She was young and had not seen much of the world, so, he/she thought there was nothing else to learn in Chinese Kung Fu, and therefore he/she chose to learn Western style boxing instead.
1 hr

agree  billychang
9 hrs
  -> thanks!
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5 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
年少气盛
young and ambitious


Explanation:
impetuous has a negative connotation of foolhardiness

Paul Hirsh
France
Local time: 17:07
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 50

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  David Shen: Right, but that was perfect. This expression does carry a negative connotation. If Beth did not grow up in China, it would be another example where a non-native speaker has a better understanding of an expression than native speakers.
1 hr

agree  IChun Lin: Of course, negative or positive connotation depends upon context. I feel ambitious would probably fit the context more in this sentence.
1 day 6 hrs
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12 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
年少气盛
juvenile and precipitate


Explanation:
【年少】1.年輕。《戰國策‧趙策二》︰“寡人年少,蒞國之日淺,未嘗得聞社稷之長計。” 唐 韓愈 《論淮西事宜狀》︰“恐其年少,未能理事。” 郭沫若 《兩個大星》詩︰“嬰兒的眼睛閉了,海邊上坐著個年少的母親。”2.猶少年。《三國志‧蜀志‧先主傳》︰“好交結豪傑,年少爭附之。” 宋 王讜 《唐語林‧政事上》︰“其後補署,悉用年少。” 清 龔自珍 《能令公少年行》︰“我能令公顔丹髩緑而與年少爭光風,聽我歌此勝絲桐。”【年少】1.年輕。《戰國策‧趙策二》︰“寡人年少,蒞國之日淺,未嘗得聞社稷之長計。” 唐 韓愈 《論淮西事宜狀》︰“恐其年少,未能理事。” 郭沫若 《兩個大星》詩︰“嬰兒的眼睛閉了,海邊上坐著個年少的母親。”2.猶少年。《三國志‧蜀志‧先主傳》︰“好交結豪傑,年少爭附之。” 宋 王讜 《唐語林‧政事上》︰“其後補署,悉用年少。” 清 龔自珍 《能令公少年行》︰“我能令公顔丹髩緑而與年少爭光風,聽我歌此勝絲桐。”


【氣盛】1.氣勢盛大。 晉 張協 《七命》︰“氣盛怒發,星飛電駭。志凌九州,勢越四海。”《南史‧檀道濟傳》︰“ 道濟 見收,憤怒氣盛,目光如炬,俄而間引飲一斛。” 唐 韓愈 《答李翊傳》︰“氣盛,則言之短長與聲之高下者皆宜。”2.猶血氣方剛。 三國 魏 阮瑀 《為曹公作書與孫權》︰“仁君年壯氣盛。” 明 方孝孺 《益齋記》︰“吾時志高氣盛,謂口舌間足以成事。方以此自才,而人亦多以此奇我。”


Angus Woo
Local time: 23:07
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in ChineseChinese
PRO pts in category: 32

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  chinesetrans: 太文雅了!
1 day 1 hr
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10 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +1
年少气盛
young and aggressive


Explanation:
盛 = vigorous, energetic eg 火势很盛. The fire is raging. 年轻气盛 young and aggressive (外研社:汉英词典)
气盛 = 1 overbearing; arrogant; aggressive 2 (of writing) forceful; vigorous (外研社:汉英词典)

young and arrogant, young and aggressive, young and impetuous, young and headstrong, young and 'full of himself'; young and wouldn't listen to anyone, young and proud, young and full of fire, young and full of passion...

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Note added at 14 hrs 36 mins (2005-11-01 03:19:46 GMT)
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盛 = 强烈;旺盛 eg 年轻气盛;火势很盛(现代汉语词典)
强烈 = strong; intense; violent
旺盛 = vigorous; exuberant
(外研社;汉英词典)

aggressive = forceful and determined to succeed 强有力的;决心成功的(朗文进阶词典)

chica nueva
Local time: 03:07
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 36

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Philip Tang: young and aggressive, young and impetuous - both right to the point!
4 hrs
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1 day 13 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
年少气盛
He was yong, full of energy, so he gave up Chinese Kongfu and truned to western boxing.


Explanation:
Perhaps, if we add something more, the translation would be great. E.g. Taiji stresses harmony and defence and boxing attack and win. To make your translation readable and understandable by westerner and avoid misunderstanding, it is much better to give a full intrudction to Chinese Kongfu or wushu from the cluture point in the forward, I suppose.

chinesetrans
Netherlands
Local time: 17:07
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Native speaker of: Native in ChineseChinese
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1 day 2 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +1
年少气盛
FYI


Explanation:
Young,dynamic and reckless


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Note added at 1 day 3 hrs 31 mins (2005-11-01 16:14:18 GMT)
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Young and butch
young and macho

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Note added at 1 day 14 hrs 33 mins (2005-11-02 03:16:42 GMT)
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For David Shen: This is how "butch" is used
<img src="http://www.yesalbum.com/v001/lasthermit/butch.jpg">

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Note added at 1 day 14 hrs 35 mins (2005-11-02 03:18:01 GMT)
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http://www.yesalbum.com/v001/lasthermit/butch.jpg

Last Hermit
Local time: 23:07
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in ChineseChinese
PRO pts in category: 34

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  David Shen: Well, we are talking about literary style now. The first one "butch" is weird here, but the second one is super. While "impetuous" suggested by Beth is right to the point, yours brings a vivid image of a young "macho man," a widely excepted Spanish word.
1 hr
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