117 Fat & Skinny

Transition drummer Josh learns these descriptive words in Chinese in a funny and engaging episode.

Do you know that 胖 (pàng) is a combination of the animal flesh and half of the sacrificed animal. In ancient time, that was the description of sacrificed animal being very fatty? Josh interprets in 胖 (pàng) in a very cute way.

If you put 好 (hǎo) before an adjective, such as 胖 (pàng), 好 (hǎo) becomes an adverb, “very!”

In the opposite, 瘦 (shòu) means skinny. It’s the symbol to represent someone been sick and inside the sick symbol, there is a skinny old guy. It represents, because of food shortage, the old people with sick tend to be skinny.

Besides Chinese etymology, Josh and ShaoLan also discuss the cultural differences and cultural perception toward these two characters!

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Fat & Skinny
pàng shòu
So fat
hǎo pàng
So skinny
hǎo shòu
發胖 / 发胖
fā pàng
Getting skinny
變瘦 / 变瘦
biàn shòu
Fatty, fat person
pàng zi
Too fat
tài pàng
Too skinny
tài shòu
Skinny person
shòu zi

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