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So my question is, when I want to choose other language to install, it shows only English installed (checked), but what I can see in the other posts, there is a list of languages that allows user to choose.

I am a totally new to Linux. What should I do to get the list of languages to appear)? Why is this happen, is it because I've skipped the language packs during the installation?

  • What Ubuntu version are you running? In 12.10, under language support, there is a "install/Remove Languages" option. – Kevin Nov 17 '12 at 7:44
  • Yes, thats the place i meant, but there are no other languages for me to add, except English – CT5275 Nov 17 '12 at 7:56
  • see this link – CT5275 Nov 17 '12 at 8:05
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Something appears to be missing. It's not the fact that you might have skipped language support at the time of installation as I have an EeePC that I installed without a network connection and I can indeed get to a full language selection screen by clicking the Install/Remove Languages button as per the instructions below.

The only things I can think for you to do at the moment is install the languages individually as suggested by Mowgli, or try to re-install the gnome language selector and see if that fixes the problem:

sudo apt-get --reinstall install language-selector-gnome

You then need to open the language selector from system settings and click on the button Install/Remove Languages. You will get a separate window that opens where you can select additional languages to install.

to get to the language selector

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  • yup, i know this, but there are no any other languages for me to install except English that is installed by default, see the print screen :( – CT5275 Nov 17 '12 at 10:54
  • Try re-installing the gnome language selector as per my edit above. – fabricator4 Nov 17 '12 at 23:34
  • @fabricator4 It's give me this message - 'Reinstallation of language-selector-gnome is not possible, it cannot be downloaded. ' – Steve Desai Aug 21 '14 at 5:59
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I don't know why the options are not coming up. A work-around is to try install languages from the terminal.

The following command will list language packs that can be installed:

apt-cache search language-pack

The packs can be install by entering (for French):

sudo apt-get install language-pack-fr-base
sudo apt-get install language-pack-fr

Replace 'fr' by the language code of your choice found by running the very first command.

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I already resolve it, the main reason why the options are not showing up is because i didn't update it(i skipped updates during installation), so I just simply type in:

sudo apt-get update

after finish update, the languages magically appear, Forgive the Stupid me. D:

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Go to system settings, in system settings, go to keyboard layout. in language tab, select any one with bracket. For example:

Chinese
English
English(Australia)
English(Canada)
English(NZ)
English(UK) 
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