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This template, Lang2iso, is transcluded from {{DisplayTranslations}}. It should not be transcluded directly from article namespace.

It takes an English-language language name (such as "Abkhazian" or "Sinhalese") and converts it into a two-letter ISO 639 language code. This table's values are based on List of ISO 639-1 codes. (Some additions to ISO 639-1 codes are identified below.) If the provided language name is not identified, then the default value of "en" is returned.


  • {{Lang2iso|German}} returns "de"
  • {{Lang2iso|Greek}} returns "el"
  • {{Lang2iso|Spanish}} returns "es"


Since most users will know a language's name but not its ISO code, this template/macro is meant to facilitate invocations of other templates such as Teamplaid:Lang. Thus, instead of recalling (or having to know) that the ISO code for German is "de" and transcluding:


one can type:


This also reduces the number of parameters that need to be passed to some language routines (such as those similar to Teamplaid:langWithName) since the ISO Language Code can now be derived from the ISO Language Name.

Additions to ISO 639-1 Alpha-2 codes: Teamplaid:See Not all languages have ISO 639-1 codes. Thus, as time goes on, users are encouraged to add ISO 639-2 or ISO 639-3 codes. Thus far, the following additions to ISO 639-1 have been added:

ISO codes

  • "Devanāgarī", "Devanagari", "Devanagiri" and "Devangari" return "deva" (per ISO 15924)
  • "Klingon" and "Klingonese" return "tlh" (per ISO 639-2)
  • "Manipuri" returns "mni" (per ISO 639-2)
  • "Prakrit" returns "pra" (per ISO 639-2)
  • "Simplified Chinese" returns "hans" (per ISO 15924)
  • "Traditional Chinese" returns "hant" (per ISO 15924)

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