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Change the language of your Facebook account

1Change Facebook language - Step 1

You get to pick your preferred language when you first sign up with Facebook. But that setting can be changed after the fact. And, actually, changing Facebook's language, or the language used in any app you know well and use regularly, is a great passive way to pick up a new language! I'll also show you how to change the language into which Facebook translates foreign posts and comments (it uses Microsoft's Bing Translation service behind-the-scenes).

2Change Facebook language - Step 2

First, log into your Facebook account. Then, click on the dropdown arrow near the top right corner of the page, and select "Settings" from the menu.

3Change Facebook language - Step 3

Now select the Language options on the left. The first setting ("What language do you want to use Facebook in?") controls the "user interface" - everything you see on screen, except for user-generated content. The name of the commands inside the menu you just clicked on, for example, would use that language.

4Change Facebook language - Step 4

Click on the language name or the Edit link on its right, and pick another language or dialect. Notice that regional variations are included for most languages (including fantasist variations like English Upside Down or English Pirate!) The name of each language is written in its own tongue, making it easy to find yours if someone changed it as an joke. Click Save Changes to apply.

5Change Facebook language - Step 5

Here's more: "What language do you want stories to be translated into?" can translate content automatically or on demand. Note that this language setting doesn't have to match your main language (but it does by default). You can tell Facebook which languages you understand, so that it doesn't offer to translate those. And finally, you can explicitly pick "Which languages do you not want automatically translated?" These last two are relatively new options.

*Change Facebook language - Step 6

Bonus Tip: the language displayed before you sign into your Facebook account is based on your computer's settings and your location. But if you look carefully at the footer, you'll notice a list of languages: click on any of these links, and the login form / sign up page will be shown in that language. If the one you want isn't listed, just click on the ellipsis link on the right (...)

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