My primary language is English and all the settings are set accordingly but I am fluent in a number of languages and use to search for things in them too.

When I write a search query in a particular language I want to see occurrences of what I have written, not of its other languages translations. For example when I search for "hybrid" (in English) I want to see the pages containing "hybrid", "hybrids", etc. When I search for "гибрид" (the same word in Russian) I want to see the pages containing "гибрид", "гибриды", "гибрида" etc. but NOT "hybrid", "hybrids", etc. but in reality if I look for "гибрид" (a Russian word) I get results for both "гибрид" and "hybrid" mixed together with the English version dominating. How do I get rid of this?

In both cases it doesn't matter in what of the languages the text ow the results will be? for example if I look for an English word I don't mind a text in Russian containing just this particular word in English.

The things used to work the way I prefer them to in the past but Google tries to be more "smart" today, which I find annoying.

UPDATE: Another good example of how this feature screws up the things is that searching for "ПСС" ("Полное Собрание Сочинений" - "complete set of works" (of a particular author (writer))) gives me results for "GCC" ("Gnu Compilers Collection") instead.

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    Yes, @pnuts, I always use ncr. google.com/ncr is my home page. – Ivan Jun 12 '14 at 11:34
  • Even quotes don't work by the way. It is nasty to know no way to search for exact occurrences. – Ivan Jun 12 '14 at 12:21
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    No, @pnuts, "narrow your results by language" limits results by the page language while I still want all the languages. All I want is to find all the web pages (regardless to what is the major language of them) at which the particular piece of text occurs. – Ivan Jun 17 '14 at 0:59

There are two ways you can do this:

  1. Use Google Advanced Search to specify the language.

  2. Add a language parameter to your search query. For Russian, the parameter is &lr=lang_ru.

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    This is only a partial workaround and does not solve the problem. For example this would not find English pages that have the Russian word "гибрид", and it will find Russian pages with the English word "hybrid". – Matt Mar 8 '15 at 6:55

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