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Tech: Why does Google default to French?

Girl Friday 29 Aug 12 - 10:39 AM
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Subject: Tech: Why does Google Fefault to French?
From: Girl Friday
Date: 29 Aug 12 - 10:39 AM

I have a Google account and website. I have been happily signing in with a page in English. Now, on my website there is a box that says "Traduire", and the signing in and all other relative instructions are in French. I eventually discovered on scrolling down the sign in page, a drop down box, set to francaise, and have to retick English UK every blasted time. Why is this please ?


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Subject: RE: Tech: Why does Google Fefault to French?
From: Girl Friday
Date: 29 Aug 12 - 10:40 AM

OOps.. that should read Default


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Subject: RE: Tech: Why does Google default to French?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 30 Aug 12 - 04:53 AM

I don't have a Google account or a website to look at, so I can't offer any real answers for you, but sometimes bringing a question back up to the top with a new post will get more responses just by making the question look more popular(?).

The only thing I can suggest is that some programs allow you to change things just for the current session, but require you to "SAVE" or "APPLY" the change to make it permanent. You might look for a Save/Apply button on the page where you make the change back to English and see if that makes the change stick when you start a new session.

John


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Subject: RE: Tech: Why does Google default to French?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 30 Aug 12 - 05:24 AM

GF:
You don't say where you are based.
If you normally live in UK/US then it is reasonable to expect Google to appear in English.
If you are holidaying in France (or Quebec)then the system may be identifying your location & defaulting to French.

"Simples"
n'est-ce pas


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Subject: RE: Tech: Why does Google default to French?
From: Girl Friday
Date: 30 Aug 12 - 09:14 AM

I am based in Kent U.K. I'll check where Google thinks I am. It had occurred to me that Google may be based in France or Quebec . I reset to English and saved it, but it still defaults to French. This morning I asked the Google search engine for Google Images.... the page came up in French.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Why does Google default to French?
From: maeve
Date: 30 Aug 12 - 09:37 AM

I found this:
http://support.google.com/websearch/bin/answer.py?hl=en&topic=8995&answer=873

Hope this helps.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Why does Google default to French?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 30 Aug 12 - 10:00 AM

Reading that link to Google makes me ask:
How are you accessing the internet?
Via a landline? (Which, in Kent, should go through a Bristish ISP)
Via a mobile/satellite connection? Which may be picking up its strongest signal from somewhere across the channel.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Why does Google default to French?
From: Charmion
Date: 31 Aug 12 - 06:55 AM

Another factor to consider is the keyboard setting of your computer. I keep mine on Canadian Multilingual because the French setting resulted in an all-francophone browsing experience,


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Subject: RE: Tech: Why does Google default to French?
From: Girl Friday
Date: 02 Sep 12 - 03:04 PM

I didn't have much luck with the Google link... it still came up in French with a reset for English. I access the internet via a landline. I'm on o2.co.uk. How do I change my keyboard setting ? I do not want to set it for American. Been there, and can't use it.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Why does Google default to French?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 02 Sep 12 - 03:32 PM

I don't see that you've said what browser you're using, but in Internet Explorer, on the Tools Menu, at the Internet Options button, on the General Tab, you should find a Language button. When you click on the ADD button there, you'll get a list of about 200 different languages you can choose.

You can enter more than one language, but they need to be listed in order of preference, with your main choice at the top.

(If you don't display the toolbar, Tools should be on the "sprocket" icon on the bar where your target URL appears.)

Other browsers should have similar settings, but IE is the only one I use, so some other SPGWK will have to advise on them.

John


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Subject: RE: Tech: Why does Google default to French?
From: GUEST,mayomick
Date: 03 Sep 12 - 09:51 AM

When in France, it doesn't matter what configurations you type in , google always bounces back to the French default version of the search enhgine . It might have google UK on the bar , but whenever you type something into it , the French network and list of searches appear. I suppose I can understand the French being anxious to protect and promote their language in the face of what must seem to them an English language onslaught , but it makes things hard when you're on holidays there.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Why does Google default to French?
From: Girl Friday
Date: 04 Sep 12 - 06:57 PM

Thanks John. I'm using Mozilla Firefox. Judging by Guest mayomick, maybe Kent's proximity to France is interfering with Google U.K.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Why does Google default to French?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 04 Sep 12 - 07:50 PM

Since you're on a landline with a UK server, it shouldn't be affected as if you're in France.

Google has many (zillions of) servers, and a generic search that opens Google may take you to whichever one is nearest, or has the fastest current response time. It's possible that at some time you got connected to the Google.fr server, and now it's at the top of the list of servers that Google looks at when it decides to hook you up.

You might try putting http://www.google.co.uk/ in your browser URL box, which should force the connection to one of the UK sites and see if that changes the results. If this works, and you can't find any other way to lock in the preference to use that site, you might try making that site your home page, or adding it to your list of favorite links/shortcuts.

http://www.google.co.uk/.

Note that the link just opens a search box, but it says:

GoogleUK

There probably are several Google servers in the UK. I got that one by using Google to search for "Google UK" but I didn't look down the list of returns to try to guess how many there are.

You might also want to look at whether you find a "new search" box with the connection you've been getting that says something else, like:

GoogleFR

Google doesn't tell me how it selects which server to use, but theoretically they're all "synchronized" so "they say" you get the same results regardless of which one they connect you to. It is believed that different "language servers" do make different selections of what to show you; but details on the differences are pretty sketchy.

I really truly honestly emphatically trust Google, of course; and I'm sure you do too ...... [☺ or maybe we don't really all that much? ☻]

John


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Subject: RE: Tech: Why does Google default to French?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 04 Sep 12 - 10:37 PM

If we have some here (I'm sure we do) who are both a bit more "internationl" and more familiar with website design than I am, it's possible that useful information might be at:

Google Support: Webmaster Tools: Multi-regional and multilingual sites.

Whether or not this information will allow someone to "'splain it to us rabble" is a little iffy, but it does look like something related to the questions here that could be useful if we could work some of it into the general knowledge pool(?); and/or a look at "adjacent links" at the page might lead to something interesting.

It looks "interesting" but I'd have to do a lot of studyin' before trying to pass much along.

John


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Subject: RE: Tech: Why does Google default to French?
From: Girl Friday
Date: 09 Sep 12 - 06:38 PM

I had a good look at this. At first glance it seemed the answer to my problem. The help was all in English at the start... when I tried to do anything - bah... all in French again! I can't work out how to set Google uk as my homepage. There seems to be no button for that. In fact, it is more complex to use my website from Google homepage than ever. Grrrrr !!!!


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Subject: RE: Tech: Why does Google default to French?
From: Girl Friday
Date: 10 Sep 12 - 07:01 AM

Been thinking. This problem is a recent thing- ish. Had no trouble before they removed the UK only search option, and encouraged us to use .com instead of .uk .


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Subject: RE: Tech: Why does Google default to French?
From: Girl Friday
Date: 22 Sep 12 - 09:14 AM

Hooray. I just went into Account and changed the default language from francaisse to anglais.


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