"Humble rice cooker tries to conquer the world" - English Listening practice

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Listening practice


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Ever hear of Tatung? The Taiwanese company used to ____ steel but in 1960 started selling rice cookers that to this day accounts for 95% of all rice cooker sales on the _____.

     And now it wants to _____ the rest of the world.

     What's so special about a rice cooker? This one is _________. It also steams dumplings and simmers stews, making it a must-have ______ in a land where many women continue working after marriage. And where steamed, meat-filled buns are a _______.

     The rice cooker has a ____ double-layer construction that cooks indirectly. Indirect heating is said to ______ nutritional value; it also helps to prevent overcooking.
     An outer pot holds and boils water, which heats food in an inner pot. When the water in the first chamber ________, the device shuts itself off, keeping the ingredients in the second chamber at a warm 70 C. According to a Tatung representative, the cooker steams rice more evenly than other cookers.
     Tatung's electric cooker is especially good for reheating steamed dumplings and similar dishes because it tends to preserve the original flavor and texture, which are often lost when reheated in a microwave or ______ oven.
     Tatung introduced the cooker more than half a century ago because it wanted to ____ more steel.
     Tatung had a technical ______ with Toshiba back then and got its inspiration for the rice cooker's design from its Japanese partner.

     The _____ best-selling rice cooker at a mass-retailer in Taipei is a 4-liter Tatung that sells for around 2,330 New Taiwan dollars (about US$78). It is _______ in green, pink or other colors.

     According to the store manager, the shop sells around 100 of these ______ per month. Newlyweds are big fans. It is also a _________ among students and business people heading abroad.
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