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Press TOOLS (The spanner symbol on the screen with WHERE TO and VIEW MAP)
Press SETTINGS (The spanner symbol) or LOCALE (The blue symbol) if your satnav doesn't have the settings symbol
Press LANGUAGE (The lips symbol)
You'll come to a screen with 3 items, VOICE, TEXT LANGUAGE and KEYBOARD Press VOICE to change the voice to English. Select a voice from an English speaking country. To change the text to English press TEXT LANGUAGE and select English.
Garmin uses picture icons for most of the settings. When you forst turn the unit on you will see a magnafine glass map speaker and wrench. the wrench is tools press that. the next set of icons you will see another wrench that is settings press that. The next set of icons there will be a pair of lips that is language press that. The next screen is harder this is the language screen the upper left blue button is voice, the spoken directions, the upper right is text, the one you need to change, the lower left is keyboard. Select the text button, the languages are alphabetical so scroll up to american english, the screen will refresh then press ok.
The other solution is to do a hard reset. It sounds like you got this unit used or a floor model that someone changed the language on. It might be in your best intrest to reset to clear all saved info that others have input.
This may be a result of a previous software
version on a device or possibly some one changing the settings. If a device
does power on with a foreign language that you can not understand it can be
corrected by going through the settings to change the text language. To change the text language:
Touch Wrench icon
on the screen with the Magnifying Glass and Map icon
Touch the Gears
Touch the down arrow
Touch the second
option from the top1
Touch the middle blue
box on right
Touch the up arrow
until American English appears2
The device should be in selected text language. Note 1 - In some cases, if there are Custom POIs
loaded to the device then it may be the first option at the top. Note 2 - If American English is not the language
needed, please selected the desired language
found solution on garmin website
To change the language settings:
Touch the Wrench icon which is located on the screen with the Magnifying Glass and Map icon
Touch the Wrench icon
Touch the down arrow1
Touch the Lips/Mouth icon
Touch the top right blue box
Touch the up arrow until you see American English2
Touch American English
The device should be in selected text language.
Note 1 - this will only be on the 2x5 and the 5xx
Note 2 - If American English is not the language needed, please selected the desired language.