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I just accidentally set my Ubuntu to chinese and I don't understand anything that it says. This makes it difficult to change the language, although I had enter Locale to change the language because it's all in chinese. Does anyone know how can I change my Ubuntu's default language using the terminal?

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Change default language for the console :

Edit /home/USERNAME/.bash_profile file (create if not exist) and add the line export LANG=de(example given for German)

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    Can you post the specific instructions back into your answer, so there's no need to hunt for the correct OS or if the link breaks? Thanks! Commented Oct 21, 2011 at 4:06
  • help.ubuntu.com/community/LocaleConf That's more specific for Ubuntu, but the jest is that you can either do that or add the lines in the first link to your .profile file. add: export LANG=en Commented Oct 21, 2011 at 4:28
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    That's not what I meant. You shouldn't just post links to information, but include the specific steps to follow in your answer itself. See this answer on StackOverflow Meta for more information on why you should do this. Commented Oct 21, 2011 at 4:35
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The default locale file location here: /etc/default

Edit locale file like this and save:

#  File generated by update-locale
LANG="en_US.UTF-8"
LC_NUMERIC="en_US.UTF-8"
LC_TIME="en_US.UTF-8"
LC_MONETARY="en_US.UTF-8"
LC_PAPER="en_US.UTF-8"
LC_NAME="en_US.UTF-8"
LC_ADDRESS="en_US.UTF-8"
LC_TELEPHONE="en_US.UTF-8"
LC_MEASUREMENT="en_US.UTF-8"
LC_IDENTIFICATION="en_US.UTF-8"

Done. Now log-out and log-in.

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