The 12 Stages of the Burnout Cycle – Chinese Translation: Stage 02

I hope you haven’t burnt yourself out learning Chinese since the first part of this series! Here is the second stage of The Burnout Cycle translated into Chinese, this time looking at meeting your own high expectations by taking on more responsibility.

Pi
Image from the movie Pi

Stage 2 – Working harder

To meet their high personal expectations, they take on more work and buckle down. They become obsessed with handling everything themselves, which in turn demonstrates their notions of “irreplaceability.”

Vocabulary

為了(为了)

Pinyin: wèi le
English: in order to; for; so as to;

達到(达到)

Pinyin: dá dào
English: achieve; reach

高期望(高期望)

Pinyin: gāo qíwàng (also qīwàng)
English: high hope; high expectation – 高 means high, while 期望 is expectation or hope

更多(更多)

Pinyin: gèng duō
English: more; even more

認真做(认真做)

Pinyin: rèn zhēn zuò
English: to work hard at; to buckle down

堅持(坚持)

Pinyin: jiān chí
English: to handle; to manage

管理(管理)

Pinyin: guǎn lǐ
English: to handle; to manage

表示(表示)

Pinyin: biǎo shì
English: to display;

替代(替代)

Pinyin: tì dài
English: to replace; to substitute

概念(概念)

Pinyin: gài niàn
English: an idea; concept; notion

Translation

Traditional
為了達到自己的高期望,他們會接受更多的工作並認真做。他們堅持管理所有的事情,這樣就能表現出來他們無法被替代的概念。

Simplified
为了达到自己的高期望,他们会接受更多的工作并认真做。他们坚持管理所有的事情,这样就能表现出来他们无法被替代的概念。

Pinyin
wèile dádào zìjǐ de gāo qíwàng, tāmen huì jiēshòu gèngduō de gōngzuò bìng rènzhēn zuò. tāmén jiānchí guǎnlǐ suǒyǒu de shìqíng, zhèyàng jiù néng biǎoxiàn chūlái tāmen wúfǎ bèi tìdài de gàiniàn.

English
To meet their high personal expectations, they take on more work and buckle down. They become obsessed with handling everything themselves, which in turn demonstrates their notions of “irreplaceability.”

Note: I decided to go for ‘insist on’ (堅持) instead of ‘obsessed with’ in the Chinese version (堅持管理所有的事情) since using obsession in Chinese for this kind of thing seemed strange, though if you have a better way to translate this section please post below.

Keep an eye out next week for stage 3 of The Burnout Cycle in Chinese!

3 responses to “The 12 Stages of the Burnout Cycle – Chinese Translation: Stage 02

  1. Your vocab section translates 堅持(坚持)as “to handle; to manage”, but in the notes section this is correctly defined as “insist on”.

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