How can we see which languages are available to use in the Linux terminal (i.e. already downloaded)?

I read that English is always available, but I am not sure which other languages are available (without downloading them - i.e. currently installed), nor do I know how to list them.

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This command can be used to display a list of all available locales:

locale -a

See locale's man page for more.

ls -l /usr/share/locale/

It does not mean that all apps are supported in all languages, you might need to install additional localization package for particular app or desktop environment.

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