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How can I restrict the results of a Google search to only a specific language? Is there an operator like language:english?

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You can do that using the advanced search options: http://www.googleguide.com/sharpening_queries.html

I also found this, which might work for you: http://www.searchenginejournal.com/how-to-see-google-search-results-for-other-locations/25203/

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Adding e.g. &lr=lang_de as per your first link works great. Thanks. –  user8720 Jun 7 '11 at 13:40
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You can add a custom search engine (instructions) to Chrome with the following settings:

Name: Google English
Keyword: geng
URL: https://www.google.co.jp/search?q=%s&hl=en&lr=lang_en

Now you can press Ctrl+l or (command+l on Mac) to go the address bar. Then you type "geng {your query}" to search only in this language. For other languages you need to probably guess or do some reverse engineering by checking the URL to know what value to use instead of lang_en.

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Probably no need to guess. The language codes are documented. –  Al E. Dec 5 '12 at 14:54
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