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I am using latest ubuntu. My language changed to chinese somehow. Everything comes in chinese and I couldn't get it back to english. Tried changing in language support, but english is written in chinese which I don't understand :(

Is there a way to change back to english using terminal and not gui way?

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English in Chinese is 英語 (Traditional) and 英语 (Simplefied), hopefully that way you can recognize it in the GUI. – titaniumtux Jan 8 '12 at 21:10

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The ~/.pam_environment file was the source of my problem. In /etc/default/locale and ~/.pam_environment

I edited the second file here to have:


(for US users). You will probably see other entries in .pam_environment that are correct, so you can cut and paste these into the above two variables. Note the ending ":en" for the LANGUAGE variable which appears to be unique for that variable.

From sacadough on the thread:

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This is a much better answer than @adamoxford because it allows you to fix the problem without having to try to figure out Chome's settings page that, because of the bug, is in Chinese! Thanks a ton!!! – Garrett Fogerlie Sep 7 '13 at 15:25

Exactly the same thing happened to me just now.

English in Chinese is 英語 (Traditional) and 英语 (Simplefied) (thanks - and copied from comment from @titaniumtux)

I was able to change it back using the keyboard layout options in Settings.

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