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!