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How do I build a Multilingual Survey?

In Vanguard Vista, you can set up a single survey that can be taken in different langauges - a multilingual survey.  In a multilingual survey, the respondent is automatically prompted for their language on the first screen of the questionnaire:

   Example of Multilingual Survey

Here are the steps to follow in setting up a multilingual survey:

  1. On the Format tab, click More next to the Language field. Choose Switch to Multilingual.
    multilingual switch
  2. On the Select Languages for Multilingual Survey page, select the languages you want to include in the survey, and click OK.
  3. On the Edit tab, edit each question to enter the translation for each language. At the top of the Question Editor for each question in multilingual mode, there is a Language drop-down menu which lets you select the current language to edit.
    question editor multilingual
  4. There also is a Language field at the top of the Edit tab which changes the language being viewed. 
    edit tab multilingual drop-down


  • To switch back to Monolingual mode, go to the Format tab and click More next to the Language field. Choose Switch to Monolingual
  • To customize the system text (buttons, error messages, etc.) for any of your languages, go to the Format tab and click More next to the Language field; then, choose Customize Text. For more information, see Changing button text.

By default, when respondents click the link to start a multilingual survey, they will be prompted to select a language as in the example above. You can specify the language in the survey link by adding the lang parameter to the link with the value being the specified language.  If you do this, each respondent will be automatically taken into a specific language version of the survey when the link is clicked.  For example, to send out a link to the French version of a survey, the link will look like this:


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