"I messed up my college entrance exam, so I began my Chinese medicine apprenticeship after graduating from high school. I got sick easily when I was little, so I wanted to nurse myself back to health. Excelling in Chinese medicine is never easy. You have to be really attentive in every stage, including recognizing, slicing, manufacturing and frying these medicine."
“Is it hard to slice the licorice menthol in your hand?”
“No, it’s the easiest. The most difficult one is ginseng, cause you know, life’s always hard.”
(Note: “Ginseng” and “life” sounds very similar in Mandarin.)
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