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I'm having a problem with Google trends: it keeps coming up in what it looks like Chinese.

I tried to eliminate several potential causes:

  1. Signed out of my Google account -> still in Chinese.
  2. Signed in with a different account -> still in Chinese.
  3. Deleted all of the cookies -> still in Chinese.
  4. Checked that my IP is not geolocated in China -> it's geolocated in the US.

I'm using Firefox 19.0.2, but when I try with Chrome it works just fine and Google Trends shows up in English. Any ideas what might be happening and/or how to fix it?

Here is what it looks like:

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The fact that it works fine with Chrome points to a misapplied setting in Firefox. – Al E. Mar 29 '13 at 16:09
Yah, I'm not sure what could have possibly caused it... – Lirik Mar 29 '13 at 16:46
@Lirik: What OS are you using? As it might be the way languages are configured in your Internet Options (on Windows). – Dominic Zukiewicz Apr 3 '13 at 9:27
@Lirik Have you tried using another browser, clearing cookies or clearing the cache and retrying? – Hydra Apr 3 '13 at 10:35
@DominicZukiewicz I'm using Windows 7 and I only had English (US) configured for the browser. – Lirik Apr 3 '13 at 12:08
up vote 4 down vote accepted

try clicking this link, it may fix your problem:


What happens is this: Google saves a state of your "current language" in their servers. They probably use this to customize ads for you.
This "?hl=en" parameter tells Google you prefer a different language (English in this example). It works across all their services.

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point taken - improved answer – uval Apr 4 '13 at 19:29
@uval that fixed it! Big 10x! – Lirik Apr 4 '13 at 19:54

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