I have a term ID and I want to programmatically get the translated term name (via Entity Translation and the Title module) for the logged-in user's language. How can I do this?

This similar question asks about how to get the translated name programmatically when using i18n taxonomy translation (the other major approach besides Entity Translation).

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The proper way to do this without circumventing the core API would be:

$tid = 322; // put here your term id
$term = taxonomy_term_load($tid);
$langcode = $GLOBALS['user']->language;
$translated_term = $term->name_field[$langcode][0]['value'];    

I resolved using this module that extends EntityFieldQuery

After installing it, you are able to extend EntityFieldQuery in the following way:

global $language;

$langcode = $language->language; // current site language
$tid = 322; // put here your term id

$query = new EntityFieldQueryExtraFields();
$query->entityCondition('entity_type', 'taxonomy_term')
      ->entityCondition('bundle', 'your_vocabulary_machine_name')
      ->entityCondition('entity_id', $tid, '=')
      ->addExtraField('name_field', 'value', 'value')
      ->fieldLanguageCondition('name_field', $langcode, '=');

$results = $query->execute();

if (isset($results['taxonomy_term'])) {
  $translated_term = $results['taxonomy_term'][$tid]->extraFields->name_field_value;
  // do what you want with $translated_term

Hope this help.



@plach's answer should technically work, but it has two problems:

  1. It unnecessarily handles the language.
  2. It's using an unsafe value, which is a security risk.

I recommend to instead use field_get_items() along with the safe value.

$term = taxonomy_term_load($tid);
$titles = field_get_items('taxonomy_term', $term, 'name_field');
if (!is_array($titles) || !isset($titles[0]) || !isset($titles[0]['safe_value'])) {
  $term_translated = 'Invalid or untranslated taxonomy term / tag!';
$term_translated = $titles[0]['safe_value'];

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