Google insists I am norwegian but I can't read norwegian

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Google insists I am norwegian but I can't read norwegian Not from Norway 6/10/12 7:23 AM
Whoever gets to read this, I am sorry but:
 
Starting a few days ago, no matter what computer I use, Google insists I read norwegian.  I don't know if its because I have a nordic name or whatever.  I can temporarily "fix" it by deleting cookies but as soon as google makes me log in for any activit, I get everything in norwegian again.
 
Now, I'd search through the preference settings except not being able to read norwegian I can't tell what anything says on the pages.
 
Clicking on google in english works for 1 page sometimes.  www.google.com/ncr still grants me a nice Google (nederlands) bizarely enough.
 
It is most infuriating.  I hope I click the correct button to get this post to go somewhere.
 
I guess what I'm saying here is 1) how do I get my language back to english (which from what I can guess it is already set to) and 2) when giving advice to others stuck in different languages, telling them to click the "language" or whatever button won't work because said link will be in whatever foreign language google insists on sticking them into.
 
Thank you for your time.  I'll continue to hack at this until maybe I can stumble onto a solution.
 
 
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Re: Google insists I am norwegian but I can't read norwegian Not from Norway 6/10/12 1:57 PM
Ah typical internet elitist reply. If only it were that easy. Thanks for the comparison to a baby.  No, no bib required.
 
Changing that setting does nothing for this problem.  Tried that most obvious one first.  Besides, its strange.  The location on the left side of the search says the correct location but my language still comes out norwegian.  Also, the language setting is already on english.  Again, very easy first steps to go through as you intimated with the sarcastic allusion to requiring a bib.
 
Thank you for the try, though.  You never know if someone has actually tried the obvious.
Re: Google insists I am norwegian but I can't read norwegian Creep3k 6/10/12 5:14 PM
Almost the same shit is happening to me, but it keeps changing to russian!
That is annoying as shit and kind of mean from google, as Latvia was being raped by russians for years and still is!
Also poll for russian language as the secondary language of latvia was rejected by a landslide.
Re: Google insists I am norwegian but I can't read norwegian Bakgodek11 6/10/12 7:59 PM
Same problem here, but mine is translating into Romanian. I havent' touched the settings at all, and it randomly started acting up. I've never even been to Romania. Tried changing location and all that stuff in the Preferences section, but no luck in the fix. Is there a way to directly contact Google? 
Re: Google insists I am norwegian but I can't read norwegian Jessica S. 6/10/12 10:15 PM
Hi everyone,

Thanks for posting about this!  I'd like to be able to check this out more, but I need some more specific information.  
  • In particular, when you're saying that "everything" is in a particular language, are you... 
    • Being redirected to another Google site (as in, you see the screen go from google.com to google.no for Norway)?
    • Still on Google.com but the language is simply not in English (such as Norweigan, etc.)?
  • Is your homepage iGoogle?
  • Is it only happening when you are signed into Google?
  • Are the pages themselves in another language?
  • What operating system and browser version are you using?
Best,
Jessica



Re: Google insists I am norwegian but I can't read norwegian TSW521 6/11/12 5:09 PM
Jessica,
 
I am having the same problem except my Google homepage defaults to Faroese (or Foroyskt, as my Google.com homepage now calls it), the native language of the Faroe Islands. I'm in the United States and have never been to the Faroe Islands.
 
To respond to your questions:
  • The issue only seems to occur in Google web search. Gmail, Google Maps, and other Google sites I've used do not seem to be affected.
  • I am not being redirected. The address still shows up as google.com.  In fact, when I click the link for "Google.com in English" at the bottom right, it redirects me right back to google.com, which is still in Faroese. google.com/ncr has the same issue.
  • This only happens when I am signed into Google.  It's occurring both on my home and work computers, so I do not expect it is a virus or a local issue. My home page is Google.com at home and a different home page at work.  The issue occurs both on Google Chrome (home computer) and Microsoft IE (work computer).  I'm using Windows 7 for both.
  • To pre-empt Dingus and any similar responses, I have cleared cookies numerous times, rebooted, restarted, and checked every language setting I can possibly find throughout Google's sites. 

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 
Thanks,
TSW
 
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Re: Google insists I am norwegian but I can't read norwegian Thomas P. 6/12/12 6:18 AM
Hi all
Could I have you go to the Search Settings Page: https://www.google.com/preferences?hl=en
Pick the Language (in left side of page), and select English.
Note! If English is already selected, then re-select it and click "Save".

Re: Google insists I am norwegian but I can't read norwegian Thomas P. 6/12/12 6:25 AM
Jessica, I got a small list for you ;-)
BTW: The http://support.google.com/websearch/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=873
Choose a Google domain manually by visiting the Language Tools page (the section with the flags).
That link redirects me to Google Translate, and ... obvious no flags for selecting default domain redirection on Google Translate.

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Re: Google insists I am norwegian but I can't read norwegian TSW521 6/12/12 7:08 AM
Thomas,
I just tried this and it seems to work! English was already selected for me (and was the only language selected). By re-selecting English and clicking "save," it seems to be routing Google.com correctly again.
Whatever the problem was, that appears to resolve it (fingers crossed).
I appreciate the other suggestions but I don't think it was an issue resolvable by this page: Google.com automatically takes me to another Google site , as my web browser was still displaying as google.com the entire time. The actual link for Google Faroese (which was my bug) is https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=fo . This webhp link was never displaying when my homepage was buggy.
Thanks to all for your help!! Now I can read Google again!
Re: Google insists I am norwegian but I can't read norwegian Autoboffin 6/12/12 1:51 PM
Dear Dingus

How do you expect us to find the bloody settings when they are all labelled in a foreign language? All we can do is blunder about the screen blindly. Some of us thought we had stumbled on something useful, but all we got was your supercilious answer...

Mine problem is with Korean. My laptop doesn't even have Korean fonts!

This morning, Google is back in English again but right now I have no time to go through the other, more civilised replies to try to find the solution.

I am recording the address of this page so I can get back to it...

Good luck to all the others!


Re: Google insists I am norwegian but I can't read norwegian coaleb 6/12/12 7:01 PM
This may be dead obvious, but have any of you checked the default language of your browser?

In Chrome go to Settings (under the wrench icon)

In Settings scroll down to where it says "Show Advanced Settings..." and click on it

Now scroll down to where the Languages setting is, and click on the button labeled "Languages and spell-checker settings..." (You might also want to make sure "Offer to translate pages" is checked in case the problem persists when you're done here)

In the dialog box that pops up, make sure your language is selected, or if you don't see your language listed, click on the "Add" button to add your language to the list.

Click "OK" and try loggin into the Google service again to see if the problem persists. 

If it does, and you've checked "Offer to translate," at least it will (hopefully) translate the pages for you long enough to change your settings.

Hope this helps, but if it doesn't, at least it was a good place to start.

For Firefox you will have to install the language I think:

And for Internet Explorer:
Re: Google insists I am norwegian but I can't read norwegian TSW521 6/12/12 10:11 PM
Ok, this evening my Google.com page went back to Faroese again.  I had to go through Thomas P.'s approach, again, and that fixed it, again (for now). Let's see if it sticks this time...
Re: Google insists I am norwegian but I can't read norwegian Thomas P. 6/16/12 2:09 PM
As a temporary fix, then you could set your home page to: https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en
... If you want to get more fancy (like me) then: I'm using https://www.google.com/webhp?complete=0&ion=0&hl=en&safe=off&num=100&filter=0&pws=0  (one explanation of that long yada yada is at https://productforums.google.com/d/msg/websearch/k6WeKaSb6pM/M0rm9hgJwhwJ )
Re: Google insists I am norwegian but I can't read norwegian Autoboffin 6/19/12 5:11 AM
Firefox 12.0. Windows XP Pro, S.P. 3. The screenshots I took at the time show google.com, no reference to Korea. At one point I wa able to change the language to French, then back to English. It didn't make any difference, still Korean!

But since last week every Google search has come back on an English page. Has the problem gone away?

I haven't done anything different. I have changed no settings. English has always been the language used for everything on this laptop. Tonight of course I can find my way to the Google preferences page, and it is still set to English.

Last week I did try a couple of searches using Internet Explorer instead of Firefox, and also using Firefox on another computer on the same network and internet connection. And the results always came back in English. But given the random nature of this problem, this may not mean much.

The "Korean" pages showed the actual search results in whatever language they are, which is usually English, and it showed the actual posts in Google forums in English, but every hyperlink button was in whatever pictograms the computer shows instead of Korean. (Korean fonts are not installed.)
at the time I blundered into several related forums and even managed to post on a couple of them by randomly clicking buttons.

Sorry I don't know when this computer signs in to Google - or if it ever signs out. Google certainly knows who I am when I visit Gmail or Google Maps.
Re: Google insists I am norwegian but I can't read norwegian jnitrof 6/28/12 7:29 PM
Hi,

I had the same issue, all Google websites seemed to have switched to Norwegian, fortunately I understood enough to get by since I previously worked for a Norwegian company and been to Norway couple of times. But it was still annoying... it kept coming back. I first tried changing the options on the profile settings. I set French as my default language, since I also speak it fluently, and everything seemed to work fine but as soon as I was setting it back to English it would switch back to Norwegian right away. Today I tried one new thing, I did the same but also cleared all the browsing data: cookies, browsing history, etc. As I work on multiple machines I verified on a second machine that it was still showing in Norwegian, and it did... so I cleared all the browsing data on all my machines and it seems to be fixed. I've been trying to make it switch back to Norwegian for a while now without success. Happy it seems to be fixed now as this was getting really annoying.

In my case it seem to have appeared as I changed or formatted computers: new laptop at home, formatted my main windows machine and started a new job which meant also new work computer and all of that around the same week. So I would guess it spread when new machines synced my settings when I logged in with chrome.

Also, Norwegian speaking people made searches on Google using my computer and visited websites in their native language and I was often using Google to translate Norwegian texts so I'm not sure if it had anything to do with my problem since I probably erased most traces of that from my machine... and it fixed it.

Note: I used the "clear browsing data..." button and went in the "Content settings" menu and then "All cookies and site data..." and then finally fixed clicked "Remove all". 

Hopefully this will help people fix their "Google language" problems...
... and at some point I thought that for some reasons Google had flagged me as a Norwegian speaker :-).

J