KUALA LUMPUR - National bowler Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman is a big hit with the Korean bowling team.
And it has nothing to do with her being pretty, friendly and good at her game. It's because she is rather fluent in the Korean language!
In fact, she has been given the unofficial job of being the Korean translator in the ongoing Malaysian Open at Pyramid Mega Lanes.
And the 23-year-old Siti, who picked up the language last year, is enjoying it.
"It all started because of my love for Korean dramas, shows and K-pop groups. Do you know Lunafly? Do you know Rain? I just adore these entertainers," said Siti, bursting with sheer excitement.
She explained that Lunafly is a three-member South Korean pop group while Rain, whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon, is a unique singer with an "awesome" voice.
"All these piqued my interest and I started to attend Korean classes last year. I can speak now - not as fluent as I want to but I can understand them very well," said a smiling Siti.
"A lot of Korean bowlers are here and this gives me the opportunity to brush up on the language. And I do try to help out whenever translation is needed."
Siti, the 2009 World Ranking Masters champion, may have taken steps to master the Korean language but she knows that it won't be all that easy to beat the mighty Koreans at the bowling alley.