A true support for bilingual countries
I noticed that Waze doesn't approach bilingual countries just like GMM does.
For example, in GMM, we can write multiple names for the same road in 2 different languages and based on the user's current phone language chosen, the map changes accordingly.
Unfortunately that doesn't happen in Waze, we are stuck in 1 language only, even if we add "Alternative" name.
Here in Kuwait, we use both Arabic and English (Even street signs are written in both Arabic and English) , in Google Maps we are having no problems since most of the roads in the map are written in both Arabic and English. But in Waze, it is way different.
This is causing problems since most of the locals here prefer the map in Arabic, but also there are people who use the map in English.
My suggestion is:
In WME, when selecting a segment, we should have at least 2 fields to name the selected segment, there also has to be a drop-down menu to choose the wanted language.
The user's map should display the correct language based on the user's language settings in his/her phone.
Since bilingual support is a bigger issue affecting not just the WME, this is a company-wide decision that we will bring to the relevant teams.
It always surprised me that Waze, coming from a trilingual country (with each language using different writing systems) did not support this from day one.
I support this; we need to be able to see names in standard alphabet, just like on GMaps.
Note: this is SUG-2449 from Centercode, posted March 2018. Received 35 votes on Centercode.
Gerard ter Beke commented
The world has many languages and also many alphabets. But when naming streets etc. WME allows just one of those. Consequently only one is shown in the client. Please make it possible to enter streetnames etc in multiple alphabets. And in the client to choose between them. This will be a great option in countries with multiple languages/alphabets
Add option that user can choose map street and place name to be show in language that he want
Mohsen Kimia commented
Set an option to write road and places names at least in two Local & English languages in WME name panel.
With this option tourists can choose English to understand road names and places with no difficulty.
Support POI names and street addresses in multiple languages for a single country.
Some countries out there de facto or de jure have 2+ official languages. So it would be great if map editors could specify language-specific names (not just "alternative" names) and if clients could prioritize names in chosen interface language over other variants.
For example Belarus has 2 official languages: Belarusian and Russian. And I'd prefer to see Belarusian street names while using Belarusian interface, and Russian names - when using the Russian one.