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I'm currently writing my Bachelor's thesis in English but have to include a German abstract. Hyphenation will not work for German words unless I include the ngerman package. But then English words are not hyphenated.

Is there a way to switch the language for a specific chapter only?

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As mentioned in tex.stackexchange.com/questions/3910/…, ngerman is considered obsolete, using the babel package with the ngerman option is better (as Herbert did in his answer). – doncherry Sep 3 '11 at 21:58
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\usepackage[ngerman,english]{babel}% the last in the list is the active one

Some english text ...

Etwas deutscher Text ...

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