Questions about language settings, translations and other matters relating to two or more countries.

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How do I switch to another language?

How do you switch Ubuntu to another (human) language without reinstalling it?
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How to set up keyboard layout switching and indication in Xubuntu?

I use 3 different languages (English, Czech and Russian) every day. I'd prefer to switch (preferably globally, I don't like per-window) between them with Left+Alt+Shift. I'd also like to see the ...
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How do I change keyboards from the command line?

How I change keyboard layouts from the command-line? For example, I want to switch from English to Hebrew. I'm able to do it from lightdm with the little icon in the corner of my screen.
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warning: setlocale: LC_ALL: cannot change locale

I want to switch to French locale. So I tried the below command: myUbundu@myUbundu-desktop:~$ export LC_ALL=fr_FR But I am getting the warning -bash: warning: setlocale: LC_ALL: cannot change ...
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How do I create a translations team?

I'm interested in contributing translations to Ubuntu. How do I create a translations team so I can contribute?
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How to enable Arabic support in GNOME terminal?

I'm trying to write Arabic in the terminal app but it does not recognize right-to-left text and does not bind the Arabic letters together as it should. I tried this solution ...
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Patches and translations

When changing a string of text as a part of a patch, how should the translation in the .po files be handled? For example, a recent paper cut I've worked on involved changing the string "Reboot Anyway" ...
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How to remove all that country-specific dictionaries (like En_AU, En_CA, de_CH, etc)?

After I've installed some language packs and spell checking dictionaries (I'd like to use with Firefox and OpenOffice) I've got tons of language variations installed. This makes very inconvenient to ...
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Translating .deb package information

How can I translate the contents of debian/control in debian packages so that the Information will be localised when the package is shown in the Software-Centre?   for packages in Ubuntu for ...
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How to use gettext to make QML files translatable

I'd like to write a QtQuick app based on Python (PySide) and QML. I know Qt apps have got their own translation technology, but I would like to stick to gettext for this one. I'd like to know if it's ...
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How do I get started with Translations?

My friend and i would like to translate Ubuntu. where should we start? where to find translation tools?
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Toggling language with Alt+Shift doesn't work

On a recent install of 10.10 i can't toggle with Alt+Shift between USA/Isr, even though i can toggle by pressing the language icon on the tool bar. Any suggestions? Thanks
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Applying languages / locale selectively: is it possible?

I am a Dutch user and prefer the my local date & time format, system wide. I have no trouble speaking or understanding English and find it very useful to have the rest of my system configured in ...
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Remove languages in translations?

I use spell-checker for 4 languages, en, de, fr, and lb. If I enable Spellchecking and writing aids for en, de or fr in System -> Administration -> Language Support there will be multiple ...
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How to change language of KDE software installed in Ubuntu

I would like to know how to change the language of the KDE software (Gwen and Okular) that I installed in my Ubuntu. My Ubuntu is in French, but the KDE software is in English. When I "Switch the ...
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How can I use the dictionary application in my language?

I want to use the Dictionary app (Applications>Office>Dictionary) bundled with Ubuntu in my own language, Portuguese (Portugal). In the application preferences I've the option to add alternative ...
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Arabic reading error

I can't read Arabic correctly (from Right to Left) when using Firefox to open Flash websites in Ubuntu 10.10 example: http://www.fpnp.net/ Please I need help, thanks...
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How to write an internationalized manual using gettext?

I need to write a manual to the software I made. If it possible to use gettext when writing a manual, or other documents?
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How to set up XFCE4 XKB plugin to remember settings over reboots?

Following this answer I've installed xfce - xfce4-xkb-plugin to indicate and switch keyboard layouts in XUbuntu. But it resets all the settings (languages I use and a switch layouts hotkey) every time ...
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What is the meaning and format of LANGUAGE?

I'm used to environment variables such as LANG and LC_*, but I recently noticed a LANGUAGE variable on my Ubuntu desktop. It's value was pt_BR:pt:en, and I'm wondering exactly what is meaning is. ...
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How do I turn on phonetic typing for Tamil?

Is phonetic typing for Tamil available in Ubuntu 12.04? How can I install it?
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Is there a tool to quickly create custom keyboard layouts for international keyboard, greek and unicode math?

Is there a tool to quickly create custom keyboard layouts? For example to achieve this: http://tex.stackexchange.com/a/86559/1871 Producing Unicode characters in secondary layers, but based on US ...
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How do I apply an Indian language system-wide?

I want to add Indian languages system wide.I see on English and Chinese options .I also updated font cache. The image says it all. First is the gnome tweak tool and second the font viewer. How do i ...
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How can I download or install all of the dictionaries?

I find the dictionaries in /usr/share/dict/ quite useful. How do I download (or install) all of them, for every language, without having to install every language pack? Also, if the answer involves ...
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Non-ASCII characters show as boxes in textbox of VB.Net application under Mono

I'm running Ubuntu 9.10 (can't upgrade due to some applications being incompatible with later versions), with all updates installed. A colleague has written a VB.Net application which seems to run ...
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Install Japanese in Kubuntu

I study Japanese so it's helpful to be able to type it on my computer. I have iBus installed and under Local in Settings, I installed Japanese, though it only gave me the option for translations. I ...
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How can I install a complete Arabic font?

I have installed Arabic language support using the language tool, but I am still unable to get this page to render correctly: http://www.iamcal.com/understanding-bidirectional-text/ Which fonts do I ...
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Is there support for Tamil?

Back in 2007, there was a distribution Tabuntu that enabled use of Tamil on top of Ubuntu. How can I similarly use Tamil in a more up-to-date distro such as Ubuntu?
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Remove locale from the system

For some obscure reason, my /var/lib/locales/supported.d/local file contained an extra locale that typically should not be there (in my example, pl_PL.UTF-8 UTF-8). I ran sudo dpkg-reconfigure ...
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Why aren't my modifications to xkb working?

Short version Currently, AltGr+- produces ¥. I wish for it to produce an en-dash. In /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/us, I replaced all occurances of "yen" with "endash" and restarted, but this made no ...
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Unable to access i18n in QML app's JS file

I'm having trouble importing the i18n library included in Ubuntu.Components 0.1 for use in a JS file. I initially ran into my question/problem while hacking on the 'Clock' Ubuntu Touch core app, but ...
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Unity .desktop Actions internationalization and localization?

How can we translate Desktop Action Names? Is it supported by quickly, launchpad?
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Cannot type “ć” on Hungarian layout

I need help with keyboard layouts. My layout is Hungarian and on Windows I could type ć using AltGr-9 + c which is a c with an acute. However AltGr-9 + Space gives me a single quote (') and AltGr-9 + ...
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How do I add Bengali support?

How to type Bengali using Ubuntu 12.04. I had installed IBus but unable to find the list of languages from the drop down list when I try to add Bengali through input method.
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No usable Polish keyboard layout

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 with the XFCE desktop, all packages up to date. I wanted to set up a keyboard layout for the Polish language (Polish uses the Roman alphabet, with a few additional characters ...
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Ubuntu Localization

We are a language translation company and a strong believer in Ubuntu as we use it internally for almost everything. Some of our clients have asked us for software recommendations (OS in particular) ...
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Which one is better to support multilingual environment on linux virtual terminal? [closed]

I want to make multilingual console/terminal environment on Ubuntu12.04 LTS. In detail, I'm going to input and display CJK(Chinese, Japanese, Korean) on virtual console/terminal. After some of web ...
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Onscreen keyboard like behaviour of regular keyboard

When I hold down a key on a regular keyboard, the key gets repeated over and over. I do see the advantages of that for an electrical typewriter. On Android (and other glass pecking devices) when I ...
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Is there an easier way to add CJK support to Kile?

I am new to Kile and LaTeX and have already installed Kile and TeX Live 2012 on Ubuntu 12.04-LTS(64bits). I feel like adding Chinese support following procedure provided by this website using CJK: ...
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Bad Bengali font?

I just installed Precise in my native language (Bengali). I'd post an image, but apparently new users can't post images on this forum. The Bengali font is oddly small and difficult to read. I don't ...
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Spanish accents on US keyboard

I have a good-old fashioned US keyboard. Looks like English (US). How can I get Spanish accents on Ubuntu 12.04 ? This article says I can use RightAlt + a but the aritcle goes only to 11.04. ...
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How to enter Ge'ez alphabet (Tigrinyan language)

Ge'ez is an East-African alphabet. Using the powerful Eclipse IDE editor, it is possible to switch "Input Type" to Tigrinya (EZ+). Typing the 5 letters selam will then result in the 3 Ge'ez letters: ...
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How to disable alternative international keyboard

During installation I selected the alternative international keyboard. The problem with this keyboard that a double-quote character doesn't get typed until a space is pressed. Same for tilde (~) and ...
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Replace default local font

Could someone tell me how to replace system default localization font? I mean when it time to render my language I want to use specific font instead of the one Ubuntu choice for me. thz
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How many languages are available in the Ubuntu distributions?

Do you know if there are statistics on how many languages Ubuntu supports (completely translated / partially translated)? I've tried the following command: apt-cache search language-pack | grep ...
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What to do so that issue.net shows readable banner characters to chinese russian french ssh users

I set up my ssh server and added custom issue.net config. when loggin, it shows \320\237\320\264\321.... for characters other than ascii-7 Is it a client side issue or do I manage this at server ...
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The unicode fonts layout provided by Ubuntu vs. the official font layout

While choosing Nepali language. I see there are slight differences between the layout provided by Ubuntu's Keyboard Layout vs. the standard font layout provided for Nepali language. I am also not ...
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What's the naming convention for ngettext short name?

gettext.gettext is imported as _: from gettext import gettext as _ It's some naming convention, right? What's the equivalent for gettext.ngettext? __?
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Ibus does not show option in input method except Chinese

I have just started using Ubuntu 11.04 (any Linux OS for that matter). I am trying to get Hindi phonetic typing option to work. so far I have not been able to figure it out. Can you tell me step by ...
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Internationalization of QML application using i18n

Does someone know all the steps needed to have the apps translated in multiple languages? I am using in my QML files i18n.tr() , and such words I need to translate I performed below steps ( ...