I am trying to get the translation of a string for each store in my magento admin. I have five stores with different languages, the translations are given in .csv files for each store.

What I try to achieve is to get a collection of all stores and to print out the translation of a predefined string for each store from an observer class. I was able to get the store collection and I have the country codes but I was not able to get the translations. What is the best way to achieve this or is it possible at all?

Thanks in advance!


You can load a different translation for $newLocaleCode like this:

    ->init(Mage_Core_Model_App_Area::AREA_FRONTEND, true);

To also take other locale settings like number and currency formatting into account:


But it's a good idea to do this within an emulated store, with the core/app_emulation model, that Magento uses for example to send transactional emails from backend/cron with the right design and configuration for their associated store. This way it gets set back afterwards.


protected $_helper;

public function translateInStore($storeId, $string)
    $newLocaleCode = Mage::getStoreConfig(
        Mage_Core_Model_Locale::XML_PATH_DEFAULT_LOCALE, $storeId
    $initialEnvironmentInfo = Mage::getSingleton('core/app_emulation')
    Mage::getSingleton('core/translate')->setLocale($newLocaleCode)->init(Mage_Core_Model_App_Area::AREA_FRONTEND, true);

    $translatedString = $this->_helper->__($string);


    return $translatedString;
  • Don't know If I am missing something here, but how do I have to instantiate $_helper? – avi92 Feb 16 '17 at 13:41
  • Mage::helper($alias), where $alias is the alias for the module whose translations you need. For example $this->_helper = Mage::helper('catalog') – Fabian Schmengler Feb 16 '17 at 13:43
  • Ah I see, now it works. Awesome, thank you for the great help! – avi92 Feb 16 '17 at 13:50

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