# make bilingual or trilingual LaTeX document

How do I make a bilingual (two-column) or trilingual (three-column) LaTeX document?

E.g.:

| Original language | Translation 1 | Translation 2 |
|                   |               |               |
|                   |               |               |


Also, paragraphs from each language must align vertically properly, too.

thanks

• Do you mean one language in one column to show translated text beneath the original text? Perhaps a good idea to explain a little bit more what you have and what you want? – Mensch Oct 10 '13 at 16:27
• Perhaps the best way is to use a tabular environment with three columns. Regarding the language, just load all of them with babel. – Mario S. E. Oct 10 '13 at 16:43
• Perhaps you want to take a look at packages like »paracol«, »parallel« or »parcolumns« and other possible packages for parallel typesetting. – Thorsten Donig Oct 10 '13 at 17:04

You may want to take a look at the paracol package. Once loaded, you can execute commands such as

 \begin{paracol}{3} % specify three columns...
<text in first column>
\switchcolumn
<text in next column>
\switchcolumn
<text in next column>
\switchcolumn
<text in next, i.e., first column>
...
\end{paracol}