I pressed something ( not sure what) and my elementary system language changed into something I can't understand.

How do I set it back to English?

See attached screenshotenter image description here

  • This is not a language, this is a special font elementary uses to obfuscate text in screenshots. You were probably taking a screenshot and it got stuck. I guess this should be gone after you logout and login again. :-) Apr 5, 2019 at 14:59

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You can try this:

First open Terminal and type the following command:

sudo update-locale LC_ALL=en_US.UTF-8 LANG=en_US.UTF-8

Second logout and login again or reboot your machine.

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