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No matter what language your customers, employees, friends, or fans speak, if they’re anything like the ones we have, they all want to give you feedback.

Luckily, it’s easier than ever to set up your survey in another language, or in fact in 55 languages. That’s right, we now offer 55 languages for you to choose from in your Survey Options. Just look for the Survey Language selector and pick from the list.

Changing your survey language will change all of the navigation buttons, help text, and error messages in your survey.

To see everything that’s included, check out the details in our Help Center.

You’ll still have to enter your survey questions and answer options in the language of your choice, but all other text will be taken care of by us. This feature is available in all of our plans, including our free plan.

So pick a language. Or five. Or fifty-five. Arabic? Hindi? Malay? Yes, yes, and yes! Here’s the full list you can choose from:

 

 

Albanian
Arabic
Armenian
Basque
Bengali
Bosnian
Bulgarian
Catalan
Chinese (Simplified)
Chinese (Traditional)
Croatian
Czech
Danish
Dutch
Estonian
Filipino
Finnish
French
Georgian
German
Greek
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Icelandic
Indonesian
Irish
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Kurdish
Latvian
Lithuanian
Macedonian
Malay
Malayalam
Norwegian
Persian
Polish
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Portuguese (Iberian)
Punjabi
Romanian
Russian
Serbian
Slovak
Slovenian
Spanish
Swahili
Swedish
Tamil
Telugu
Thai
Vietnamese
Welsh

If you’d like to use the SurveyMonkey site itself in another language, we’re now available in 16 different languages. Learn more here.

Have you conducted a survey in another language? Please share your experiences in the comments below. And let us know if we’ve missed a language you’d like added.

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  • Mark

    This is more than a little misleading as there are severe problems in using Survey Monkey in any right-to-left languages, such as Hebrew or Arabic. As you note in your FAQs:

    *** We do not provide support in creating languages that go from right to left, like Arabic or Hebrew. If you are able to create this on your end using HTML, then any open-ended comments will not come into the survey in the right to left format. ***

    You support the fonts but not any of the requisite formatting. I tried on several occasions to do a survey in Hebrew on your platform with right to left formatting via HTML, as you suggest — it was hell. Never again! If you want to claim true compatibility with other languages, you will have to invest in right-to-left formatting. I wish you would, as this is a great tool, but I will never again use it in Hebrew.

    • Minna K

      Hi Mark, thank you for the insightful comment! Indeed we are aware that we need to build in proper right to left support in order for surveys to format correctly in Arabic or Hebrew. This is one of many projects we are working on in order to better support our users. Look for improvements coming on this front soon.

      • I agree with Mark. Please provide the back end functionality for Arabic. Also, can you add Urdu (spoken in Pakistan and India) to your language options?

        I would also like to see the capability of inserting images into the questionnaire itself (as part of individual questions) and uploading images as a response option for respondents.

        Thank you.

        • Thanks for the feedback. Will will try. You can insert an image into the questionnaire now. Here’s a link that explains how http://help.surveymonkey.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/65/kw/insert%20photo

          • Louisa

            Hi, we would love to create a survey where the same questions can be sent out in 3 different languages, and the results all compiled in one analysis. Is this at all possible? or likely to be possible?

          • Today the best way to achieve this is to create 3 different surveys, each in their own language. Once your respondents have completed the data, you can download the survey results into 3 Excel files, and then merge the data. We are aware that this is not an ideal solution to the need you describe, and are working on a more elegant solution for next year.

          • Alirz

            Thank you for adding Persian language.

  • JohnO

    Is it possible to let the end-user switch languages on the fly? That is, during the survey or at least the very start of the survey? Or do you need to create a separate survey in each language? Sorry if this is a silly question.

  • Mark

    Hi
    When you say “Look for improvements coming on this front soon”, when might this be?

    Please keep me posted if you ever truly decide to implement right-to-left formatting…

    Mark

  • Saeed Alshahrani

    the reason why I did not use SurveyMonke is right-to-left formatting……

    • Hanna J

      Hi Saeed – Our product team is working on creating this capability, including online surveys in Arabic. We hope to offer them soon. Check back here for more product updates and SurveyMonkey news. Thanks!

      • Harvey Goldberg

        Do you have any date yet for when Arabic formating will be available.

        • Hanna J

          Hi Harvey – What you need to do is go into “My Account” settings, which you can find in the drop down menu on the top right of the page below your name. Scroll down to the “HTML formatting” section, and click to enable it. You will then be able to go into the HTML of your survey questions and format them to read right to left. Does that make sense? Let us know. Thank you!

      • Eyran

        Any update on right-to-left support ? I read somewhere else on your site it should be by year end 2012 ?

        Thanks!

        • Kayte K

          Hi Eyran,

          Thank you for the great question. Currently, we don’t offer right to left support in languages but we’ll forward your feedback to our Product team. Keep an eye out here at the blog for more updates to come!

          Kayte

  • ali broojerdi

    Please help me more for creating a survey in Persian languages

  • roop anand

    hi ,
    It is really great to know that you have taken the pain and effort to make it
    possible to conduct surveys in 55 languages , it is a huge effort . you have
    a few Indian languages and two of S,Indian languages , Tamil and Telugu,
    and Tamil is my mother tongue!
    will try to use these surveys,.keep innovating !

    • Bennett P

      Roop – Thanks for the feedback! Keep us posted on your surveys!

  • Marie

    Any progress regarding the comment above?

    “Today the best way to achieve this is to create 3 different surveys, each in their own language. Once your respondents have completed the data, you can download the survey results into 3 Excel files, and then merge the data. We are aware that this is not an ideal solution to the need you describe, and are working on a more elegant solution for next year.”

    • Bennett P

      Marie – Not yet.

  • Joe

    Hi, i tried changing the language to Arabic, i did however the text doesn’t start from the right to left. how can this be fixed?

  • jamey brown

    How long does Survey Monkey’s upgrade projects last? Problems with right to left languages have been identified literally years ago based on the above discussions and they’ve still not produced proper full language support. This is not acceptable and I will be looking at other vendors who can adequately support my extensive business needs!

    • Kayte K

      Hi Jamey! We appreciate your feedback and we’re sorry that we can’t give you an exact timeframe on this. Know that our Product team is definitely aware of this request and we will continue to keep you updated. If there’s anything additional we can help you with, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

  • Tania Hoquee

    I created a survey in portuguese and used it as a template for a survey in english and spanish. I changed the language to english and spanish in the survey options tab, but the message to indicate that an answer is required is still coming up in portuguese. How can I change it to english and spanish?

  • Bruce Rosen

    I am interested in using Survey Monkey in hebrew, which is written from right to left.

    What do I need to do to ensure that the text appears flush right?

    Also, can you put me in touch with customers who have had good experiences using Survey Monkey in hebrew?

    Many thanks,

    Bruce Rosen (bruce@jdc.org.il)

    • kaytek

      Hi Bruce,

      We don’t offer this functionality yet unfortunately however we’ve passed on your request to our Product team!

      Kayte

      • Emma

        Hi Kayte,

        Is this right-to-left functionality still unavailable? I’m trying to offer a survey in Arabic but it seems relatively unhelpful to use that language but provide in the wrong direction.

        Thanks,
        Emma

        • KTsurveymonkey

          Hi, Emma! Katie here for SurveyMonkey. This functionality is still available, however we don’t provide direct support. You’ll want to be sure your keyboard is formatted correctly. You can use the character sets, but we do not offer assistance in the formatting.

          If you are able to create this on your end using HTML, then any open-ended comments will not come into the survey in the right to left format.

          • Yohan Atlan

            hi, Katie.
            i am also looking for the RTL support. the keyboard is not the problem, but the alignment of the Arabic or Hebrew text to the right. can you say if you are going to develop it i the near future?

          • KTsurveymonkey

            Hi there, Yohan!

            You can change the Survey Language to our available RTL languages such as Arabic and Hebrew. You can also type from right to left in these languages in question text, answer choice , title, or other customizable fields if your computer’s keyboard is set to the appropriate language.

            However, at this time there is no way to format the survey layout to place the question numbers and labels on the right side of the page. We are definitely working on improving our foreign language services Yohan, so be sure to subscribe to the blog or newsletter! We announce our product upgrades there.

          • Bob Nutting

            Hello

            A volunteer translated our English survey into Arabic for us. Is there any way to paste the text into the question and answer areas and have it retain the RTL formatting?

          • KTsurveymonkey

            Hello Bob,

            This is a very good question. You should be able to copy and paste, and then use the option to right align the text! http://help.surveymonkey.com/articles/en_US/kb/How-do-I-bold-italicize-underline-and-use-bullet-points-in-the-survey

            If you run into any problems with that, please let us know.

          • Bob Nutting

            Hello
            Thanks for your response, but copying and pasting in the classic version does not work. Another Survey Monkey rep told me we had to use HTML while in classic mode…and that did not work either. I am desperate for a solution.

          • KTsurveymonkey

            Hi Bob,

            Have you tried switching over to New Design to see if the copy and paste feature will work w/ the right align option? You can click on your username in the top right of the account, and choose “My Account”. Then scroll down to the design section t switch. You can switch back to Classic Design at any time.

          • Bob Nutting

            I tried that initially and it did not solve the issue with HTML. Will changing that design impact other surveys out in our account?

          • KTsurveymonkey

            Hi Bob,

            In new Design, you can’t use HTML unfortunately. But the enriched text editor will allow you to move to adjust the alignment (takes the HTML work out for you): http://help.surveymonkey.com/articles/en_US/kb/How-do-I-bold-italicize-underline-and-use-bullet-points-in-the-survey

            When you switch to new Design, it will assign new create to all your surveys, however, when you switch back… everything will be as you left it!

            Please note that, unfortunately, we don’t support HTML or the right to left alignment directly. The copy and paste may not work. It may need ot be typed in directly to function properly I’m afraid. You can refer to: http://help.surveymonkey.com/articles/en_US/kb/Can-I-create-my-survey-in-any-language

            I do hope the new Design work-around works out for you!

  • Are the questions in the question bank pre-translated in all / any of these languages (I’m particularly interested in using these in simplified Chinese)?

    • kaytek

      Hi Mukta,

      Currently, Question Bank is available in Dutch, Portuguese, French, German and Spanish.

      Thanks!
      Kayte

  • Mark

    How do you select multiple languages in the drop down menu? It only lets me pick one

    • KTsurveymonkey

      Hi Mark! You can only set one account language at a time. You are welcome to change that language at anytime! If you are creating a survey in multiple languages, then you would need to manually create the survey in each language. Feel free to check out this blog for more advice on how to do that: http://svy.mk/1bYG5s4

  • Sami

    Hello,

    Does SurveyMonkey support Khmer script?
    Thank you

  • JP

    how do we create the survey questions/response choices itself in another script? (e.g. Hindi). And how does this script get displayed to survey respondents? (e.g. as an image? or they also have to have the font installed? etc.?) Thank you!

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