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When I go to Gmail website (FireFox, if this info is needed) with a different IP (IP from Germany), they automatically translate the page to German.

How do I stop this behavior (in other words I want English no matter what)

Like even before I login to my account, the login page is already in German!

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Maybe better delete the google-chrome tag if it is a problem with firefox (or even when it is not browser dependable)? –  Yohsoog Jun 15 '11 at 11:42
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Add hl=en at the end of the URL, after a ? if there isn't already an ?, after & otherwise.

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https://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?service=mail&hl=en - this link will open the Gmail login page in English. Gmail appears to ignore the hl tag once you're logged in - for that, follow Google's instructions in setting the language for Gmail. –  Jared Harley Jun 15 '11 at 19:41
Actually, it varies depending from which part of Google one is using. For Google Webmaster Tools, for example, the hl field is respected when one is logged in. –  JdeBP Jun 15 '11 at 21:15
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Gmail language:

Under Mail settingsGeneralGmail display language choose English.

Google Chrome auto-translation:

Disable chrome://settings/advancedTranslateOffer to translate pages...

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sry i do not mean chrome in particular. And its even before we login, the login page is already in German when i go gmail.com say with Firefox –  Pacerier Jun 15 '11 at 10:46
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Use http://www.google.com/ncr to disable langage swap.
NCR=no country redirect.

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i wasted minimum of 2 hours, trying to get around this annoying mode of Google... and finally, THANK YOU for the solution above I can resume with more important things.. google.com/ncr works! –  user20261 May 19 '12 at 11:34
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