The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

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The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Postby thinglie » Sat May 16, 2009 9:05 pm UTC

Once upon a time, the most useful phrase to have memorised in a language was "Where is the nearest [your nationality] embassy?"

But now, you need to change the language on your electronic devices, possibly because you ordered one from China/Japan to get it before everyone else, possible because your friends set it up to Swahili as a ridiculous practical joke. So, obviously, we need to know.

I'll start with the obvious:

English: Language Settings

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Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Postby 6453893 » Sat May 16, 2009 10:07 pm UTC

Most of the manufacturers assume you are too stupid to keep the device in a language you speak, and offer basic instructions for navigating to the language menu. Such as Apple's support page for the iPod:

Scroll down to the last menu option but don't select it.
Scroll up one menu item.
Press the Center button.
Scroll to the third menu item from the bottom one.
Press the Center button.
Select your preferred language from the list.

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Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Postby Bobber » Sat May 16, 2009 11:08 pm UTC

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Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Postby Kewangji » Sat May 16, 2009 11:45 pm UTC

Swedish: Språkinställningar.
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Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Postby BrainMagMo » Mon May 18, 2009 8:15 am UTC

Spanish: ... idioma ...

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Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Postby Grop » Mon May 18, 2009 11:57 am UTC

French: Paramètres de langue.

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Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Postby Naurgul » Mon May 18, 2009 12:05 pm UTC

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Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Postby Roĝer » Mon May 18, 2009 4:02 pm UTC

Dutch: Taalinstellingen. Alternatively: Selecteer taal, Taal kiezen, Taal, etc.
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Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Postby Fryie » Thu May 21, 2009 8:00 am UTC

German: Spracheinstellungen (or just "Sprache")

Czech, I believe, is just "jazyk" (i.e. language), at least on my ipod.

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Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Postby Alexius » Thu May 21, 2009 1:21 pm UTC

thinglie wrote:Once upon a time, the most useful phrase to have memorised in a language was "Where is the nearest [your nationality] embassy?"

But now, you need to change the language on your electronic devices, possibly because you ordered one from China/Japan to get it before everyone else, possible because your friends set it up to Swahili as a ridiculous practical joke. So, obviously, we need to know.

I'll start with the obvious:

English: Language Settings

I think the most useful phrase is "I don't speak [insert language]." "Do you speak [your native language]?" is also useful, but much less so, as you can just ask in that language- for the former, it is often useful to get people to stop berating you in a langage you don't understand.

Also, "where is the bathroom?"- apparently it's very dangerous if you get this one wrong in Swahili...

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Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Postby Lissa » Thu May 21, 2009 1:47 pm UTC

Norwegian: Språkinstillinger, or possibly Velg språk (choose language)

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Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Postby tetromino » Sat May 23, 2009 2:18 am UTC

Russian : языковые настройки (language settings) / выбор языка (choose language)

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Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Postby gmalivuk » Sat May 23, 2009 2:48 am UTC

Alexius wrote:I think the most useful phrase is "I don't speak [insert language]."

Indeed. My collection is up to about 35 languages, restricting it to the ones I've asked people about in person.
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Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Postby ZLVT » Sat May 23, 2009 3:29 pm UTC

Hungarian: nyelv, nyelv [be]állítások, soem variant of választ- and nyelv, etc.
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Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Postby Hurduser » Sat May 30, 2009 12:34 pm UTC

Fryie wrote:German: Spracheinstellungen (or just "Sprache")

Czech, I believe, is just "jazyk" (i.e. language), at least on my ipod.


I saw Sprache used quite some times, as well as "Sprache wählen". Edit: in XFCE/Xubuntu is is Sprachunterstützung.
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Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Postby sje46 » Sat May 30, 2009 12:39 pm UTC

Latin:
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Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Postby ZLVT » Sat May 30, 2009 3:09 pm UTC

actually, you could get quite a few out of fb if you have it, just go down the bottom and trawl though the languages ot see what they change it to.
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Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Postby Bobber » Sat May 30, 2009 5:19 pm UTC

Hurduser wrote:Sprachunterstützung.
That translates better into "Language Support" than language settings. (Right Germans?)
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Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Postby vega12 » Tue Jun 02, 2009 8:28 am UTC

Well, for Japanese just look for the word 言語 (gengo) somewhere, as that means language. If I look under control panel in Vista, for instance, the language options are under:

地域と言語のオプション (chiiki to gengo no opushon - Region and Language Options)

Instead of オプション for "option", they might use the word 設定 (settei - basically means settings). Having a Japanese laptop is cool and all, but it takes longer for me to do any administrative stuff, since I need to translate as I go instead of basically being able to read things in an instant with English. Also, the keyboard is wack.

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Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Postby dalahäst » Tue Jun 02, 2009 6:27 pm UTC

Apple's products (iPhone, iPod, Mac) tend to use 設定 instead of オプション、オップション, etc.

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Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Postby Hurduser » Wed Jun 03, 2009 4:31 am UTC

Bobber wrote:
Hurduser wrote:Sprachunterstützung.
That translates better into "Language Support" than language settings. (Right Germans?)

It does indeed. I did not say that it is an exact translation, just that it is one, which is used.
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Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Postby Bobber » Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:14 am UTC

Hurduser wrote:
Bobber wrote:
Hurduser wrote:Sprachunterstützung.
That translates better into "Language Support" than language settings. (Right Germans?)

It does indeed. I did not say that it is an exact translation, just that it is one, which is used.
Huh alright. Cool.
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Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Postby Agent_Irons » Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:55 pm UTC

Bobber wrote:
Hurduser wrote:Sprachunterstützung.
That translates better into "Language Support" than language settings. (Right Germans?)

That's literally "language substitution", isn't it? Seems like that's usually what you want to do.

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Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Postby shutaka » Tue Jun 23, 2009 12:42 pm UTC

In Ukrainian: мовні налаштування (language settings) / виберіть мову (choose language)

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Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Postby mbongo » Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:51 am UTC

In case someone does actually change your computer to Swahili, the word for language is "lugha", and to set it back to English you need to look for kiingereza.


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