How to Change the Language in Skyrim on PC


How to Change the Language in Skyrim on PC

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a popular role-playing game that lets you explore a vast open world full of quests, characters, and secrets. However, if you want to enjoy the game in a different language than the one you have installed, you might encounter some difficulties. In this article, we will show you how to change the language in Skyrim on PC using different methods.

Method 1: Steam Properties

This is the easiest and most recommended method to change the language in Skyrim on PC. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your Steam Library and right click on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim or The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition.
  2. Select Properties and then the Language tab.
  3. Choose one of the available languages from the drop-down options. The game supports the following languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Polish, Traditional Chinese, Russian, and Japanese[^1^].
  4. Click OK and wait for Steam to download the necessary files.
  5. Launch the game and enjoy it in your preferred language.

Method 2: Manual File Replacement


Method 1: Steam Properties

This method involves replacing some files in the game data folder with the ones from another language pack. This can be useful if you want to have different languages for the audio and subtitles, or if you have trouble downloading the language files from Steam. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Download the language pack you want from a reliable source. You can find some links in the references section below[^2^] [^3^]. Make sure the language pack matches your game version and edition.
  2. Extract the files from the language pack archive. You should see some files with names like “Skyrim – Voices_xx0.bsa”, “Skyrim – Interface_xx0.bsa”, and “Skyrim_xx0.STRINGS”, where xx is the language code (en for English, fr for French, etc.).
  3. Go to your game data folder. The default location is C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data for Skyrim or C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim Special Edition\Data for Skyrim Special Edition.
  4. Backup your original language files by renaming them or moving them to another folder. For example, if you have the German version of the game, you should backup “Skyrim – Voices_de0.bsa”, “Skyrim – Interface_de0.bsa”, and “Skyrim_de0.STRINGS”.
  5. Copy and paste the files from the language pack archive to your game data folder. Rename them to match your original language files. For example, if you have the German version of the game and want to change it to English, you should rename “Skyrim – Voices_en0.bsa” to “Skyrim – Voices_de0.bsa”, “Skyrim – Interface_en0.bsa” to “Skyrim – Interface_de0.bsa”, and “Skyrim_en0.STRINGS” to “Skyrim_de0.STRINGS”.
  6. Launch the game and enjoy it in your preferred language.

Method 3: INI File Editing


Method 2: Manual File Replacement

This method involves editing some settings in the INI files of the game. This can be useful if you want to change only the subtitles or interface language without affecting the audio. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your game settings folder. The default location is C:\Users\YourName\Documents\My Games\Skyrim for Skyrim or C:\Users\YourName\Documents\My Games\Skyrim Special Edition for Skyrim Special Edition.
  2. Open the file named “Skyrim.ini” with a text editor like Notepad.
  3. Find the line that says “[General]”. Under this line, add a new line that says “sLanguage=xx”, where xx is the language code (en for English, fr for French, etc.). For example, if you want to change your subtitles and interface language to English, you should add “sLanguage=en”.