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SQL Server - Multi-diminsions on a column value?

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Is there an easy way for SQL Server to manage multiple dimensions of a column value like languge?  For example; if I wanted to maintain 27 different languages of a table column called "Product Description" is the only solution to create one column for each language?  What is the best solution for this?  

ProductDescription-English    varchar(max)
ProductDescription-French    varchar(max)
ProductDescription-German    varchar(max)
ProductDescription-Spanish    varchar(max)
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typically I would recommend creating a separate product entry for each language since there are likely to be other values that will vary by locale like currency.

For general localization issues I would create a table called String and store the descriptions in there and then establish a foreign key relationship from the product table to the string table.

CREATE TABLE String
(
   StringID INT IDENTITY(1,1),
   Text NVARCHAR(MAX),
   LanguageID INT  --foreign key reference to a
)
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