My overseas friend has forgotten the password to his SackExpunge account, and the only information he wrote down about it was this:

Username: LiveSound

Password: rupn4u818n0

However, the password he wrote down turned out to be invalid. Can you help him figure out what his actual password is?


My friend is Taiwanese.


Added a relevant tag.


The username and the title contain some relevant information. Make sure you transcribe them properly!


There are some spaces missing in the "password."

  • $\begingroup$ Considering your first hint, are the numbers suppose to represent letters that sound similar? In Taiwan, the language spoken is somewhat similar to Hokkien, and 4 is pronounced 'si', or 'C', 8 would be 'peh', or 'P', and 1 would be 'yi' or 'E'. I'm not sure about 0 though. $\endgroup$
    – Cheri
    Mar 9, 2019 at 7:35
  • $\begingroup$ @Arch2K your assumption that Taiwanese language is involved here is right! However, the process is a bit more involved than simply replacing numbers with letters. The final answer should look more recognizable than it is currently now. $\endgroup$
    – HTM
    Mar 9, 2019 at 7:43

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One possibility is that your friend wrote down

the latin letters that appear on the keys he hits, except he uses a two-language keyboard such as the one below. Therefore the Taiwanese characters would be $$ㄐㄧㄣㄙ'ㄧㄚㄅㄚㄙㄢ$$ but I don't know what that means, online translators fails at interpreting this. It reads $$chins'iapanan\qquad \text{ (China/Japan?)}$$ which doesn't ring a bell either. Of course each key also features different kanji, but that makes too many possibilities without the help from a reliable translator. enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ You're on the right track! I added a couple more hints to help you out :) $\endgroup$
    – HTM
    Mar 10, 2019 at 0:30

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