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The default language used in the laptop is Tamil. We don't know how to switch back to English. If we type something we are getting something.

We don't know what is the font name and version too. Even the Menu bar and task bar contents are in tamil.

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"If we type something we are getting something. " doesn't make sense. Please provide proper information. –  user25656 Oct 7 '13 at 10:50

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Open a terminal and type the command:

LANG=C gnome-control-center

This will open the system preferences application in English, and under "Language Support" you can change the language to what you want.

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Good advice! However, if the LANGUAGE env. variable is set (which is often the case in Ubuntu), changing LANG isn't sufficient, but you need to do LANGUAGE=en gnome-control-center –  Gunnar Hjalmarsson Oct 7 '13 at 18:51
    
@GunnarHjalmarsson, I had tested it and it worked so I had to look up the precedence for the different env variables :) While normally LANGUAGE overrides all else, it doesn't apply when the locale is set to C so LC_ALL=C or LANG=C will be enough even when LANGUAGE is set. –  Joni Oct 7 '13 at 19:28
    
Aha, I tested the other way around, i.e. from English to some other language... Thanks for letting us know - I stand corrected. ;-) –  Gunnar Hjalmarsson Oct 7 '13 at 21:02
  • Open System Settings >> Language Support.

  • In the Language Support window that appears, you will see a list of languages that your computer can use.

  • I suppose in your current settings Tamil will be on the top. Just drag English to the top. After changing make sure that the list looks somewhat like this:

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