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.
    – ale
    Mar 29 '13 at 16:09
  • Yah, I'm not sure what could have possibly caused it...
    – Kiril
    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). 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.
    – Kiril
    Apr 3 '13 at 12:08

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.

  • 1
    point taken - improved answer
    – Amir Uval
    Apr 4 '13 at 19:29
  • @uval that fixed it! Big 10x!
    – Kiril
    Apr 4 '13 at 19:54
  • 1
    Currently it brokes after page refresh
    – john c. j.
    Jun 19 '18 at 19:24

in 2019,using the "http://www.google.com/trends/?hl=en" can direct to english language on google trends,but when you type some words to search it return chinese again.

so there is another solution:

  1. visit google account settings:https://myaccount.google.com
  2. click Data & personalization-General preferences for the web-language,choose english and save
  3. refresh google trends and search,then it works in english

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