I'm using Entity Translation for Taxonomy Terms.

I've a Cities Vocabulary and I need to get translated names of some 1600 cities.

Using taxonomy_get_tree without arguments returns the term names in English. However if I pass the last parameter $load_entities= TRUE then it currectly returns $term->name as translated one.

But it seems fully loading 1600 terms by setting $load_entities can slown down the site performance heavily as mentioned in the api page.

Is there any faster way to do it?

I'm thinking of caching the results in a temp file. Or can use some query as in When using Entity Translation and the Title module, how can I get the translated term from the term ID programmatically? to fetch it myself.

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You are using Entity Translation, so keep in mind there can't be any translated term load because you're translating fields not whole term. Term will load by

$term = taxonomy_term_load($tid);

use in devel mode or by dpm see the $term object. There you'll see structure


You can fetch it this way or by field_get_items() for en language.

$name = field_get_items('taxonomy_term', $term, 'name_field', 'en');



You can fetch it this way or by field_get_items() for fr language.

$name = field_get_items('taxonomy_term', $term, 'name_field', 'fr');

This is how you can get the data per language

  • Thanks but isn't this very slow for 1600 terms? This is what exactly I asked.
    – AgA
    Commented Apr 9, 2015 at 11:08
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    Then using entityFieldQuery would be good. Read drupal.org/node/1343708 Commented Apr 9, 2015 at 13:13

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