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A few times my nuvi 250 started to speak another language and seemed to go back to english without me doing anything.

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    if I go to tools than settings than language my receiver will not speak english

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I would recommend reflashing the firmware using Garmin's webupdater. You can download this on their website at www.garmin.com. Also download the latest english voice files.

- Jim
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Posted on Dec 08, 2008

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If the Garmin Nuvi Gps has suddenly quit speaking street names and now only says "Turn Left" or Turn Right", please follow the following procedure to restore your Nuvi so that it will begin speaking street names again:

Press the wrench/tools button at the main menu. Select the icon with the lips (language/locale).

You should see (2) buttons labeled American English. The first one makes all of the text on the Nuvi in the English alphabet. The second button is for the voice. If it just says "American English", then it will only say "Turn Left" or "Turn Right". Press this button and select a TTS voice (Text to Speech), like Jill, Jack, Daniel.....etc. That will give you back your street names.

Aug 19, 2012 | Garmin nuvi 755T Car GPS Receiver

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I purchased 3 nuvi 780 models about a year ago. One for me and one each for my children. Not long after we started using them the sound quit on 2 of them. Neither the FM or internal speaker will work on...


The most common cause of this problem is that the voice files become corrupted and need to be replaced. To replace them:
  • Download and install WEBUPDATER to your computer from http://www8.garmin.com/support/collection.jsp?product=999-99999-27
  • Connect your satnav to your computer with the mini USB lead and run the WEBUPDATER program.
    Webupdater will find any updates to your software that are available. Select all and install them to your satnav. When the update is complete it will then find optional updates including VOICES. Select a few of the English speaking voices and they will be downloaded to your satnav. After the download is completed SAFELY disconnect your satnav from your computer and restart it.
  • Press TOOLS
  • Press SETTINGS
  • Press LANGUAGE
    This brings you to a screen with 3 items; VOICE, TEXT LANGUAGE and KEYBOARD
  • Press VOICE and select one of the English speaking voices you downloaded.
I hope this solves your problem.

Jun 22, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 780 GPS

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Garmin nuvi 1310 not in english


  • Press TOOLS (The spanner icon in the bottom right corner of the screen with WHERE TO and VIEW MAP)
  • Press SETTINGS (The spanner icon) or LOCALE (The blue icon) on models without a settings menu
  • Press LANGUAGE (The lips icon)
This brings you to a screen with 3 items. VOICE, TEXT LANGUAGE and KEYBOARD. Press VOICE and select a voice from an English speaking country to get voice prompts in English.
Press TEXT LANGUAGE and select English or American English if you're in the USA.

This should solve your problem.

Apr 17, 2011 | Garmin GPS Devices

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Want to go back to English on my Garmin, How?


  • Press TOOLS (The spanner icon in the bottom right corner of the screen with WHERE TO and VIEW MAP)
  • Press SETTINGS (The spanner icon) or LOCALE (The blue icon) on models without a settings menu
  • Press LANGUAGE (The lips icon)
This brings you to a screen with 3 items. VOICE, TEXT LANGUAGE and KEYBOARD. Press VOICE and select a voice from an English speaking country to get voice prompts in English.
Press TEXT LANGUAGE and select English or American English if you're in the USA.

This should solve your problem.

Apr 15, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 250W GPS Receiver

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I have the nuvi 205W series in a foreign language and can't get it back to english


  • Press TOOLS (The spanner symbol in the right bottom corner of the screen that shows WHERE TO and VIEW MAP)
  • Press SETTINGS (The spanner symbol) or LOCALE (the blue symbol) on models that don't have a SETTINGS symbol.
  • Press LANGUAGE (The lips symbol)
This takes you to a screen with 3 items; VOICE, TEXT LANGUAGE and KEYBOARD
Press each in turn. The VOICE will give you the option to select a voice by name and country. Select one that's from an English speaking country to get the voice prompts in English.

Press TEXT LANGUAGE and select English or American English if you're in the USA.

Press KEYBOARD and Select English. This should solve your problem.

Apr 12, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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How do i get into English on the Garmin GPS


Hello,

All nuvis should have a full language database, so to switch from your current language to English all you would have to do is go. Tools > System > Language > Change all options to "American English" or " English". This is the same process for switching back to your old language and choosing a new one.

Hope this helps!

Apr 07, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 250 GPS Receiver

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How do I set the language to English


  • Press TOOLS (The spanner icon on the page with WHERE TO and VIEW MAP)
  • Press SETTINGS (The spanner symbol) or LOCALE (The blue icon) on some models
  • Press LANGUAGE (The lips icon)
On this page you will see 3 items; VOICE, TEXT LANGUAGE and KEYBOARD
Press VOICE and select a name from an English speaking country to set the spoken language to English.
Press TEXT LANGUAGE and select English or American English if you're in the USA
This should solve your problem.

You should back up your favourites folder. You can find details of how to do so at http://www.fixya.com/support/r8422587-backup_restore_favourites_garmin_nuvi

Mar 03, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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How do I change the language to english on my nuvi 265T gps


  • Press TOOLS (the spanner icon) on the page which shows WHERE TO and VIEW MAP
  • Press SETTINGS (the spanner icon) or LOCALE (the blue icon) on models that don't have a settings menu
  • Press LANGUAGE (the lips icon)
On this screen you'll see 3 items. Voice, Text Language and Keyboard.
Press the VOICE icon and select an English speaking voice. Press TEXT LANGUAGE to change the text to English.

Jan 22, 2011 | Garmin Nuvi 265T GRM0057610DVKIT GPS with...

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I have Garmin 3790 and some how managed to change the language from English to French. How do I change it back please?


Press TOOLS (Spanner Icon)
Press SETTINGS (Spanner Icon) LOCALE on some models (Blue Icon)
Press Language (Lips Icon)
If you need to change the voice language press VOICE and select an English voice.
If you need to change the text language press TEXT LANGUAGE and select English

Sep 30, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 250 GPS Receiver

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Language back to english


A. If it's the display language you need to change:
To change the text language:
  1. Touch the Wrench icon on the screen with the Magnifying Glass, Map and Brief Case icons
  2. Touch the Lips and Clock icon
  3. Touch the top bar next to the pencil with the letter A
  4. Touch the up arrow until you see American English*
  5. Touch American English
  6. Touch OK
The device should be in the selected text language.
*Note - If American English is not the language needed, please select the desired language.

B.If you need to change the voice language you need to change the voice:
  1. Touch the Tool icon
  2. Touch Locale
  3. Touch Voice
  4. Touch the Voice Language you would like to use
  5. Touch 'Ok'
  6. Touch and hold the Back button to return to the main "Where To" and "View Map" menu
At this time your device should speak in the language you have set in step 5.
C. It's possible you won't have an english language voice installed. IF not connect the satnav to your computer. Download the latest version of webupdater from http://www8.garmin.com/support/collection.jsp?product=999-99999-27 and install it on your computer. After it's installed you will get an option to download new voices. Select an english, american or any a voice from any english speaking country. When it's installed go back to para B and repeat to get an english voice selected.

Aug 01, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 350 GPS Receiver

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