This is my first question to the community so be kind with me if not properly presented :-)

New to Linux (20.04 installed), I am testing various e-mail clients. I really like Geary, but there is an annoying issue with spell checks, that propose only English variations and I need french on top.

In the Activities/setting menus, french is present, so is in Libreoffice writer and in Thundermail.

I researched on the web but did not find any precise response

Many Thanks

4 Answers 4


Welcome to AskUbuntu Thierry,

Geary can use a couple of different dictionary sources and hunspell is generally the best one for people who use non-English languages. If you haven’t done so already, you can install hunspell like this:

sudo apt install hunspell hunspell-fr

This will install the dictionary as well as the main French dictionary. From there you can restart Geary. French should then appear n the available languages list.

Hope this answers your question 👍🏻

  • Many thanks Matigo. Could not install hunspell-fr as it was already present. problem is still the same problem. 18 versions of english but not french in Geary
    – Thierry
    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:02
  • Which version of Geary are you running? Is it a snap or flatpak version? 🤔
    – user1091774
    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:04
  • flatpak, geary 3.38.1
    – Thierry
    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:08
  • Have you run a flatpak update recently?
    – user1091774
    Dec 28, 2020 at 6:09
  • yes - no update needed
    – Thierry
    Dec 28, 2020 at 14:29

Problem solved :). I des-installed Geary, changed back the main Activities/settings default to French, rebooted then re-installed Geary. French has been added to English in the spell check options of Geary, then change the main Activities/Settings back to English


I've been there too, and changing the locale after installing new flatpak app to get the language does solve the problem, but there's better solution, involving a bit of terminal.

Just two commands:

flatpak config --set extra-languages "fr_FR"
flatpak update

This will make your further flatpak installation obey and install French for any new app.


I was not able to get spell check initially, after installing aspell and aspell-en, and reboot, it worked. So I assume if you install aspell-xx and reboot, it should work. I never got hunsepll to work.

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