Yesterday, I have updated my Ubuntu 12.04 installation. After a restart, Ubuntu chose Chinese or some similar as default language. So, all my menus/windows are a mix of English and Chinese. Previously, I had the German language active.

I was able to re-order the language within the language-support. German is now my first option, followed by English and - maybe - Chinese. But now, my system is a mix of English (for the activity screen and the most programs like Firefox) and Germen (only for some the left panel of the gnome-tweak-tool).

In All Settings >> User Accounts I have selected German for the language.

It seems, that Ubuntu ignores all my language settings - it's still in English. I have also tried, to re-install the language packs, but with no success.

Any suggestions, to bring my desktop back to the German language?

  • Did you apply German System Wide?
    – Mitch
    Jun 17, 2012 at 16:54
  • I would like to see the content of the following files: ~/.profile, /etc/default/locale, /etc/environment, ~/.dmrc.
    – enzotib
    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:57

1 Answer 1


I had the same problem and I tried this:

  1. Go to "System Settings" --> "Keyboard **Layout"
    (in German it is "Systemeinstellungen" --> "Tasten"

  2. Add the "English" keyboard layout to the list. Now there will appear a keyboard-symbol in the menu-bar beneath your name, etc.

  3. Click at that symbol and select "German".

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