Language Translation | Setup - Zoho Forms

Setting up Language Translation

The Language Translation option in Zoho Forms helps you reach a wide range of respondents for your form by overcoming language barriers globally. Using this option, you can share your form in multiple languages, allowing respondents across the globe to understand the questions in their native language and respond appropriately. You can configure Form Rules to trigger actions based on the form language and acknowledge your respondents for their entries in the desired language.

By default, your form language will be the one used to build your form. Learn more about changing your form builder language.

Translating a form into supported languages 

Translate a form into supported languages
To translate your form into a different language,
  1. After building your form, navigate to the Settings > Translation & Messages > Translation from the left menu.
  2. Click Start Translating.

    Click Start Translating
  3. In the Form Language dropdown, you can choose to change the default form language.
  4. In the Translate To dropdown, select the language you wish to translate your form from the list of languagesIf you do not find the language of your choice in the list, you can manually translate the form into any other language using the Custom Language option.
    Select language to translate to
  5. Click Translate.
  6. In the Translation Settings pop-up, you can view the translation applied to your form and modify the translated content as required under the following sections:

    Form Content
    Under this section, you can change the translated versions of the Form Name, Form Description, Form Tab Title Save, Review, and Submit buttons. 

    Field Content
    Under this section, you can modify the translated content for the field labels, field elements, field instructions, choices of choice-based fields, navigation buttons of a multi-page form, Subform field labels, etc.

    Note: If you have customized the field labels, or applied text formatting to the content in the  Description and  Terms and Conditions  fields while building your form, the customization will not be carried over to the translated version. You will have to re-apply the same to the translated content. 

Acknowledgment Content
Under this section, you can change the translated content of the Thank You pages and Splash Messages configured under Acknowledgement and Redirects settings and Form Rules.   

Custom Messages
Under this section, you can change the translated versions of the error messages, validation messages, and other general messages that appear in your live form.

Translation Settings

To translate your form into more languages, repeat the above steps. Once you translate the form, you can view a list of all the languages that your form is translated into under Translated Language(s).

How to show the translated languages in the live form?

You can display the translated languages directly in the live form (shared publicly or privately) for your respondents to choose from to enhance the form's accessibility and user experience. To do this, enable the Show translated languages in the form toggle as shown.

Enable the toggle

This option can be enabled by the form owner as well as by a form collaborator.

When the respondents accesses the live form, they can click the translate icon that lets them select their preferred language from the list of the languages that you have configured to translate your form into. The entire form then automatically swaps to the chosen language.

This helps:
  1. You expand your audience to include respondents from diverse linguistic backgrounds.
  2. Respondents choose the language they're most comfortable with, making the form easier to understand and complete.
  1. If you have modified the content of your form after saving the configuration for a language translation, you will have to re-translate the modified content for the changes to reflect in the live translated form.
  2. To customize alerts and error messages, use the custom messages  option under Settings > Translation & Messages and translate the error messages to the desired language.  
If you have configured  Language Translation for your form, the merged field responses in the merged documents will be in the same language as entered by the respondents. To merge translated form responses for the following fields while creating merged documents using Zoho Writer templates, enable the Send picklist values in form's translated language option for:
-Choice-based fields 
-Dropdown in Matrix Choice field
-Title in Name field
-Country list in Address field 


  • The Language Translation option is available only in our paid plans.

  • You can configure only up to 10 language translations.

  • To change the form language selected in the Translate From dropdown while configuring a language translation, you must first delete all the language translations that are already configured.

Supported Languages by Zoho Forms

The supported languages to which you can translate your form are listed below: 

German German Hindi Hindi English
Hindi Hindi German German German
Portuguese Lao Russian Russian Spanish
Filipino Portuguese Portuguese Swedish Russian
Lithuanian Filipino Bengali Portuguese Croatian
Croatian Lithuanian French English Ukrainian
Latvian Croatian Hungarian Italian Chinese
Hungarian Latvian Malayalam French Italian
Chinese Hungarian Swedish Hungarian Portuguese
Armenian Chinese Kannada Tamil French
Ukrainian Yiddish Oriya Chinese Korean
Indonesian Armenian Marati Spanish Japanese
Urudu Ukrainian English Czech Romanian
Macedonian Malagasy Italian Arabic Arabic
Malayalam Indonesian Tamil Japanese Persian
Marati Urudu Chinese Polish Urdu
Malay Macedonian Spanish Romanian Armenian
Greek Malayalam Gujarati Dutch Hebrew
English Afrikaans Czech Polish
Italian Malay Arabic Finnish
Spanish Greek Telugu Georgian
Estonian Maltese Punjabi Swedish
Arabic English Assamese Greek
Assamese Esperanto Japanese Catalan
Japanese Icelandic Polish Danish
Persian Italian Romanian Hungarian
Romanian Spanish Dutch Czech
Dutch Estonian Dutch
Russian Basque Hindi
Belarusian Arabic Tamil
Finnish Assamese
Bulgarian Vietnamese
Bengali Japanese
French Azerbaijani
Georgian Persian
Slovak Romanian
Slovenian Dutch
Catalan Norwegian
Serbian Belarusian
Swedish Finnish
Kannada Bulgarian
Oriya Bengali
Korean French
Tamil Sinhala
Gujarati Georgian
Czech Slovak
Telugu Slovenian
Punjabi Irish
Tagalog Catalan
Polski Albanian
Danish Serbian
Hebrew Sundanese

Translating a form manually 

While translating your form, if you do not find the language of your choice from the list of supported languages in the Translate To dropdown, you can manually translate the form into any other language using the Custom Language  option.
To do so, 
  1. Navigate to Settings Language Translation from the left menu.
  2. Click Start Translating.
  3. In the Form Language dropdown, you can choose to change the default form language.
  4. In the Translate To dropdown, select the Custom Language option.
  5. Enter the Language Code  of the language to which you wish to translate your form. For example, enter lv to translate form into Latvian. Ensure that you enter the code in lower case.                             

    Custom Language option

    Check out the language code of the supported languages for manual translation.
  6. Click Translate.
  7. In the Translation Settings pop-up, you can enter the translation manually under the following sections:
    Form Content
    Field Content
    Acknowledgment Content
    Custom Messages

To translate your form into more languages manually, repeat the above steps.
You can view a list of all the languages that your form is translated into under Translated Language(s).
  1. You can change the text direction of the translated content from LTR to RTL or vice versa.
  2. For the languages that you will translate your form into from now on, the default text direction will be set as LTR with the exception of Arabic and Hebrew, which will be RTL. You can change the text direction for the translated content at any point of time under Translated Language(s).
  3. If no text direction is selected for a translated language, the default text direction (under General Settings) will be used.

If you have modified the content on your form after saving the configuration for a language translation, remember to translate the modified content again.

Supported Languages for manual translation

Languages Supported to translate manually and their respective codes are as listed. 

Supported Language Language Code
Croatian hr
Maltese mt
Korean ko
Ukrainian uk
Danish da
Vietnamese vi
Serbian sr
Irish ga
Finnish fi
Estonian et
Greek el
Icelandic is
Turkish tr
Catalan ca
Albanian sq
Norwegian no
Thai th
Hebrew iw

Read more about :
  1. How can I redirect a translated form to another form automatically?
  2. When a translated form is submitted, how to trigger email alerts in the same translated language?

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