Unfortunatly I don't think there is a string localization feature in kendo. They just do localization for some controls like calendar. To resolve this I used the jQuery Globalize that is now part of the jQuery product. I customized the globalize to keep just the Globalize.localize method and removed all the calendar stuff (that was not necessary). I did this to keep just what I need until Telerik provide the equivalent. Globalize.localize just work perfectly.