Display common names in multiple languages on taxon labels

It is not uncommon for me to be in the field with fellow naturalists who don’t share my native language. This often leads to lost-in-translation discussions. “Look a squirrels’ bread”, when seeing a Boletus edulis. In Dutch that is called “Eekhoorntjesbrood”.

I now use iNaturalist to find proper translations, but getting from one language to another requires changing the profile language setting.

Would it be possible to provide a button to easily switch languages in taxon descriptions, or ideally render multiple language set in a users profile page?

What do you mean by the taxon description? Are you talking about the label on identifications or something else ?

I think Andra is referring to the common name label. Maybe the feature request should be framed: “Support multi-lingual common names”? Strongly supportive of this feature request to toggle or allowing the display on common names in more than one language (which I also asked Merlin to implement). This would make it easy to communicate with people in other countries who have a ton of knowledge on local species but zero knowledge of scientific names.

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Currently, the language on my iNaturalist settings are set to English. A specific observation now renders as follows:

Sometimes the language is set to my native language, being Dutch, which renders the same observation as follows:

Switching between language - as I did in the example above - is possible, but requires various clicks and changing the complete UI language, whereas it would be convenient if we could switch between language through some sort of toggle button next to the observsation.

For Dutch, you should be able to do it in 2 clicks at the bottom right of any page:
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(my settings display scientific names first)

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Awesome, I wasn’t aware of the possibilty to have the scientific names first, this is really helpful.

my feature request would be to have next to the scientific name, not one but more (multi-lingual) common names. A bit like the fabricated example below:

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Also note that you can go to the page for the taxon, click on the “taxonomy” tab, and see a list of all the names in different languages:image

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I am aware and appreciate this, but going through all the clicks while out observing in the field is sub-optimal. Having a selected set of common names, next to the scientific name, would be really convenient here

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Would it make sense to instead / also request that there be an additional “change language” button near the top of pages / in a more convenient spot?

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Yea that make sense, however ideally the UI language should be seperated from the common names. Now changing the UI language is the only way to get to different common names.

They are separated, there is a setting that allows you to specify to show common names as used in a place. The problem is that for many names this is not entered, so while Gråand may be entered as a Danish name, it is not specified to be used in the place Denmark.

The site wants to be able to support running the UI in 1 language but names in another, as well as showing names for regional variants (ie there is no Canadian english locale on the site as an example, so Canadians have to use this setting).

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But I want to set more than just one language in that setting. So that the interface shows both the Danish and Canadian English common names (if they exist)

It is a good idea to reword the feature request. The initial wording seems to suggest that it was a feature request to support multi-language common names, which is already implemented.
This request is more about having multiple common names available on one page.

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Now would that include searching? Or just displaying common names in multiple languages?

Searching already supports multi-linguality

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wow, I had no idea