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This one is really a cool waste of time for the bored/geeked/pedantic ... or whatever stereotype you choose use. But it may come in handy, especially if one suddenly finds themselves emigrating to a new language, and you do a lot of Mac troubleshooting and would like to improve your language skills at the same time.

For each application, open its Get Info window (Command-I with the app selected in the Finder). In the Languages section, turn off all languages other than the one you're interested in using. So for French, turn off all the languages except for French. Launch the app, then take some screenshots of the menus and other UI elements that are now in another language. When done, revisit the Get Info window and return your app's Language section to your native tongue.

Save all these shots to a folder. Then when you are bored, feeling a bit geeky, or whatever, use Quick Look (or Preview, etc.) on your shots and see how they compare to your regular menus and UI elements.

Just finishing an audio CD course by Michel Thomas (and I still have a lot to learn), he suggests that in reading, one should try to read what is of interest to the student. So if you are into Macs, I guess this would be good stuff to read!
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Use a Mac to improve foreign language skills
Authored by: phenotypical on Apr 17, '09 08:17:48AM

Thanks - I've done this before on Windows, where, of course, it's not nearly so easy. But how does one add other languages? I tried several applications which list only English, or English and a couple other languages.



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Use a Mac to improve foreign language skills
Authored by: asmeurer on Apr 17, '09 08:59:01AM

If it's a third party application, it may not have been translated. All Apple applications should be translated, so you may not have installed the languages when you installed your system. There should be an installer on one of your system disks. Also, it's possible that the language is supported but just not listed for some reason. Try setting the language in the International System Preferences and see if that changes the application.



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Use a Mac to improve foreign language skills
Authored by: killpanda on Apr 17, '09 08:31:12AM

You can do a lot quicker and easier by going into the System Preferences > International > Language and put the desired language at the first place in the list.



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Use a Mac to improve foreign language skills
Authored by: osxpounder on Apr 17, '09 11:42:13AM

I tried that; awesome! Thanks to the OP and to you for the additional tip.



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Use a Mac to improve foreign language skills
Authored by: Reaperducer on Apr 17, '09 02:38:31PM

Now if only there was a way for the clock to announce the time in languages other than English, we'd be set!



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Use a Mac to improve foreign language skills
Authored by: awado on Apr 17, '09 03:03:25PM

I use "LaunchAppPlugin" for this. It's a contextual menu plugin. Right click on an app to choose the language for the next launch.



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Use a Mac to improve foreign language skills
Authored by: sojourner on Apr 18, '09 10:32:05AM

Thanks for this one!



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Use a Mac to improve foreign language skills
Authored by: dcottle on May 06, '09 01:10:50PM

Great practical joke: set your friends system to Korean.



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