Turning Google back to English from Arabic

I was trying to navigate my way around my blog – which had turned to Arabic menus at the top – and accidentally flagged it as having “objectionable content”. Now, I’m not the best blogger in the world, but I doubt I shoulda flagged my own blog as bad ‘un. I’ve since turned the blog back into english – see below- but it won’t unflag. Annoying… So I thought I’d write a post in case anyone gets stuck overseas and their settings for ‘English’ don’t hold.

Ummm Google? dear? Just because I am in Saudi Arabia doesn’t mean I suddenly became fluent in Arabic. And yes, I know I said I studied Fuhsa (formal arabic) but I was just showing off, honest! I can count and know the words for bread and passport. That sort of thing.

The odd thing is, I’m logged into Google (you can see that) and my settings are clearly for “English“. Anyway if you ever get stuck this is how you fix it:

  1. go to google.com (and also check you aren’t at google.com.sa or wherever)
  2. bottom left (or right, depending on language) is Google in English.
  3. Click, log in, go to settings, set English again
  4. Now go to Google search, Google Blogger/Blogspot and so on, they shoulda changed back.

Or. Go on Twitter, contact me @SilkCharm and I’ll talk you through it in real time, online. 🙂

EDIT: I forgot to add:

… Facebook? WTF? Personalised delivery of advertising still has some basic elements to deal with . e.g. where does it say I want ads in Arabic in my profile? o.O

EDIT: For Stephanie
Steph do you have this?

Click on Google in English – then you should have Classic Google in English, Click on PREFERENCES. See on the right, middle one? *points below*

Whatever happens, try and stop Google from defaulting to Google.com.SA or some other google. I think yelling at the monitor helps. 😛

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

3 thoughts on “Turning Google back to English from Arabic

  1. Yup. Ditto on flagging my own blog. But can’t follow your instructions re turning Google/Blogger back to English. Where’s the ‘settings’ button on google.com?

  2. Steph, I added some more screenshots, and my apologies, it’s PREFERENCES, not SETTINGS. 🙂

  3. That happened to me once. I had a student who was Egyptian and so I changed Google to Arabic. It took forever and a day to change it back to English!! hehe

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