Lost in Translation

by Philip Gowman on 13 February, 2010

in Ask an expert

Every now and then I get an off-the-wall request landing in my in-box. It’s one of the pleasures of running this site. Here’s the latest.

Can anyone help the new occupant of a flat whose previous occupant was a Korean? The intercom system doesn’t work, but fortunately the previous tenant left behind a helpful diagram. Which of course is in Korean. If anyone thinks they can decipher it, please let us know. Click on the image below to launch a pdf version of the scan.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

daeguowl February 15, 2010 at 2:41 am

The Korean writing is a list of colours that presumably relate to the numbers somehow (or perhaps the lines represent wires?). I know what the words mean, but I have no idea what the diagram means…

Rashmi February 15, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Hello Daeguowl,

The lines do indeed represent wires – there seem to be hundreds of them inside of the handset. Could you translate them for me? Perhaps going from 1-8 in the circles and then 1-8 in the rectangles?

I’d be most grateful!

Rashmi February 18, 2010 at 9:13 am

… or if anybody else wants to have a go..? It’d save me from having to run up and down two flights of stairs everytime anyone comes to visit!

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