A woman from Shenyang, Liaoning province reportedly learned Korean in order to get her voice-controlled electric rice cooker to function, which she had purchased during a trip to South Korea this past Chinese New Year.
The woman, surnamed Ma, bought the 5000 yuan rice cooker without hesitation after listening to the smooth talking done by a Korean salesperson.
“The salesperson told me that it’s a voice-controlled cooker. It would start working automatically as long as I shouted ‘cook the rice’. He said that it was very easy to operate and that the cooked rice would smell better than normal.”
Upon returning home, Ma discovered to her horror that the rice cooker only understood Korean, leaving her unable to cook the sweet smelling rice she so badly desired.
Ma told reporters that she is currently learning Korean so as to get the cooker to run, and can now say a number of basic phrases. After spending thousands on the device, she said she felt depressed she was unable to operate it as advertised.
According to an industry expert, many rice cookers available in the Chinese market are also equipped with this functionally, a fact that the wily salesperson in Korea no doubt left out.
Perhaps her new found language skills will let her watch those outrageously popular Korean TV dramas without subtitles.
By Lucy Liu