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I am writing my thesis using LaTeX and it actually is the first time I use it. I am using some templates from my university but they are in Spanish and I want to write my work in English.

The reason of this message is that I am getting crazy with the indexes and the bibliography because, although I want the title of these chapters to be in English, they are written in Spanish. Of course I have tried to find out where the mistake is and even found some information on the Internet but it is not working out.

This is how I am managing the indexes:

\addcontentsline{toc}{chapter}{List of figures}  


  \newpage \thispagestyle{empty}

\addcontentsline{toc}{chapter}{List of tables}   

  \newpage \thispagestyle{empty}

But instead of List of figures/tables, the Spanish translation appears in the pdf.

On the other hand, this is how I managed the references:

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What templete did you use? – cMinor May 6 '11 at 18:52
@noemi: Welcome to tex.sx! It's not necessary to sign your questions (as there is already a box with your username below it) or to begin them with a greeting. – doncherry May 7 '11 at 0:54

The section/chapter headings for list of tables/list of figures are usually stored in the macros \listtablename and \listfigurename, so \renewcommand\listtablename{List of Tables} might set you up. If you use the babel package, you will have to do this after \begin{document}, or modify the parameters to babel so that no support for spanish is loaded.

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I think that the first thing to look for is the babel package being used with spanish.

I also write documents in Spanish and English, and --for example-- what makes latex to write Índice instead of Table of Contents is the use of that package:

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