Monday, October 22, 2007

The Washing Machine

A subtle difference between Korean and American culture is the washing machine. For starters a matching dryer is the exception, not the rule here since most people prefer to air dry their clothes. And I don't know what it's called, but the pole in the middle of the washing machine's basin is missing as well. I don't know why it's missing since from experience I'd say it prevents the clothes getting tied into knots. The delicates are usually thrown into a laundry bag.

Of course, there's also the control panel. Trying to figure out how to operate it when you can't understand anything Korean is a bit of a challenge. I have a four options on the one in my apartment:

급수 (Water)

  • 냉수 (Cold)
  • 온수 (Hot)
물높이 (Water Height)
  • 고 (High)
  • 중 (Medium)
  • 저 (Low)
  • 소 (Very Low)
  • 최소 (Lowest)
수동 (Operation)
  • 불림 (Soak)
  • 세탁 (Wash)
  • 헹굼 (Rise)
  • 탈수 (Spin Dry)
  • 구김방지 (Wrinkle Proof)
코스 (Modes)
  • 표준 (Standard)
  • 찌든때 (Old Stains)
  • 통세척 (Self Cleaning)
  • 울 (Wool)
  • 이불 (Bedding)

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