I think my daughter likes to play tricks on me, but every so often I go to the YouTube web site and it’s in some weird language. How do I easily restore YouTube to English?
Like many big, popular Web sites, YouTube is available in quite a number of different languages and even in different dialects of specific languages, taking into account the difference between American and UK English, for example. You’ll see how many languages there are in a second, but let’s figure things out first.
The wrinkle is that to change the language you need to get to the bottom of the YouTube page but as you scroll down, more content shows up. So it can be disconcerting, to say the least!
With that in mind, here’s how to fix things quickly and easily, regardless of what language it’s stuck in!
To start, here’s what the YouTube menu looks like in Catalá, the language of Catalan:
Not too far off language, at least it’s pretty much the same letters as English, right?
Now scroll down to the bottom of the page. Then count to ten and scroll down to the bottom again after the new content shows up. Fortunately, that only happens once!
At the bottom you’ll get to this:
It’s the first pop-up menu, here labelled “Idioma”, that lets you change the language. Which you can tell by clicking on it:
Quite a few choices, eh? Choose the one you prefer – probably “English (US)” – and click.
But what if it’s in a language that doesn’t use the same characterset? Then the menus are all going to look quite different, as you can see when I switch to Sinhala:
Same drill to solve the problem: just scroll to the bottom of the page.
This time it’s not quite the same, but the layout’s the same:
Definitely not so easy to read, but again, just click on the menu option closest to the YouTube logo and you can go from there!