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How can I prevent Google mistakenly offering to translate a page?

Our website is based in the U.S. and all of our users are in the U.S. and the site is written in english. When we open the page in chrome, an alert comes up "This page is in Serbian...would you like to translate it"? I imagine it is some javascript or other code that is triggering that. Is there a way to force chrome to use "English" as the language?

We tried googling this question but came up with nothing. thx!

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marked as duplicate by DisgruntledGoat, Anagio, Christofian Dec 9 '12 at 16:43

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Just a thought, if you hit [Translate], what does it (attempt to) translate? –  w3d Dec 7 '12 at 10:04
This is probably a duplicate question...I didn't see the other one when I posted mine. Thanks @w3d –  kristen Dec 7 '12 at 18:08

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Can you include a link to your page so I can check out the code? Also: does this happen in other browsers, or only in Chrome?

Without looking at the code, I can't tell, but here's one quick guess: Do you have an HTML lang attribute that designates the page's language as Serbian (SB)? If so, make sure that the page's language is designated EN.

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Google reportedly ignores the HTML lang attribute in determining language. –  w3d Dec 7 '12 at 9:55
@w3d Google might do for indexing purposes, but Kristen was talking about about the browser - which will probably respect it as an option. –  Zhaph - Ben Duguid Dec 7 '12 at 13:34
@Zhaph-BenDuguid: I see what you're saying, but at the same time I'm struggling to think that Google might be adopting two different algorithms for detecting language when it has opening stated that one method has proved wholly unreliable. The Google docs state in several places that language markup is not used in language detection and AFAIK there is only one Google Translate product. –  w3d Dec 8 '12 at 11:09

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