Languages supported in the Plum Village App

Last revised on April 18, 2024 to reflect addition of content in Portuguese.

At present, the Plum Village App has full support for:

  • English
  • French (Français)
  • Italian (Italiano)
  • German (Deutsch)
  • Spanish (Español)
  • Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt).

The user interface of the app is supported in all of these languages, plus we offer content (talks, meditations, and resources) in all of these languages.

We also offer content in Portuguese (português) but do not yet have a user interface available in this language (we are working on this).

Additionally, some of our videos have subtitles in additional languages including Chinese (both simplified and traditional: 汉语 and 漢語), Dutch (Nederlands), Indonesian (bahasa Indonesia), Japanese (日本語) and Korean (한국어).

Finding content in your language

By default, the user interface of the app and the content will be in the language of your device, if supported. If your device language is not supported then you will see English.

If you wish to change the language your see, you can do so in Extras -> Settings -> Languages:

On the languages screen you can enable additional Content Languages to indicate the content you would like to see. Languages can also be dragged up or down to indicate the priority for content languages.

For example, in the screenshot above, German has been enabled in addition to English, and has been dragged to the top of the list to indicate that this is the language which should be shown first. This may be a common preference for German speakers who also understand English, since we offer a wider choice of content in English. With these settings the meditation tab would look like this:

Meditations tab with German and English content languages enabled
With German and English content languages enabled, you would first see German content and then all the English content below it.

It is also possible to change the Interface Language: the language used in the app’s headings, buttons, and on the settings screens. The Interface Language will default to the device language, so most users should not need to change it. The option to do so may be helpful for native speakers of languages that we do not yet support, to specify preferences from the available languages.

Subtitle languages

You can change subtitles using the relevant icon on the video controls:

Selecting a subtitle language on a video

If you always want to see subtitles, you can enable this and choose the language in Extras -> Settings -> Subtitles:

Subtitles in the app are created by volunteers. If you’d like to help with this effort, please see ‘Contributing Subtitles for Plum Village’.

If your means allow, you may like to consider offering a donation to support the continued development of the app and the addition of new meditations, talks, and other resources in many languages.


  1. Hello from a little village near Barcelona.
    Thank you for the app. It’s marvelous.
    It’s a pity that all my friends that not understand english can not use.
    The Spanish content is very poor.
    Since Thay die I change Budda is the sitting with Thay is the sitting. The meditation now it’s very deep. His smile enter in my body and he said “I’m here”.
    Than you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    1. Hello Ana, thank you for your feedback and sharing your experience of meditation. Since you wrote this, we added a lot of Spanish content to the app and Spanish user interface, so we hope your friends can now enjoy the app 🙏

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