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Java Locale getLanguage() Method with Example

Locale Class getLanguage() method: Here, we are going to learn about the getLanguage() method of Locale Class with its syntax and example.
Submitted by Preeti Jain, on March 08, 2020

Locale Class getLanguage() method

  • getLanguage() method is available in java.util package.
  • getLanguage() method is used to retrieve this Locale language code and the language code looks like the empty string "" or define in small case ISO 639.
  • getLanguage() method is a non-static method, it is accessible with the class object and if we try to access the method with the class name then we will get an error.
  • getLanguage() method does not throw an exception at the time of returning language code.


    public String getLanguage();


  • It does not accept any parameter.

Return value:

The return type of the method is String, it returns language code of this Locale either in the form of small letter ISO 639 or empty string.


// Java program to demonstrate the example 
// of String getLanguage() method of Locale 

import java.util.*;

public class GetLanguageOfLocale {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // Instantiates Locale
        Locale lo = new Locale("JAPANESE", "JAPAN");

        // Display Locale
        System.out.println("lo: " + lo);

        // By using getLanguage() method is
        // to return language codes
        // for this locale lo
        String lang = lo.getLanguage();
        System.out.println("lo.getLanguage(): " + lang);


lo: japanese_JAPAN
lo.getLanguage(): japanese

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