# Hyphenation in two languages in XeLaTeX + polyglossia

I am fairly new to LaTeX so please excuse any obvious parts of the question.

I am looking for a way to setup hyphenation in 2 languages (Greek and English) at the same time. My setup is MacTeX +Texmaker+ XeLaTeX + polyglossia. The main language is Greek and I periodically use some terms in English that escape the fully justified text body. Concerning the language, my preamble looks like:

\usepackage{xltxtra}
\defaultfontfeatures{Mapping=tex-text}

\setmainfont[]{Cambria}
\setsansfont[]{Candara}
\setmonofont[]{Consolas}

\usepackage{polyglossia}
\setotherlanguage{english}
\setmainlanguage{greek}


I would also appreciate any comments for my preamble on commands I could omit or change.

Thank you in advance.

• Welcome to TeX.SX! How do you input the English terms? – egreg Aug 27 '15 at 10:46
• If i get your q right, i don't use a special command. I just change my keybord language. Do you suggest to use a command for those terms, indicating language change, like \textlatin{ }? – a OS Aug 27 '15 at 11:41
• for a single phrase I suggest \foreignlanguage{english}{text in English} – egreg Aug 27 '15 at 12:36
• That gives a solution to the problem, indeed. Thank you. – a OS Aug 27 '15 at 14:21

## 1 Answer

The simplest way to get correct English hyphenation in your setup is to use \foreignlanguage:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\usepackage{polyglossia}

\setmainfont{Cambria}
\setsansfont{Candara}
\setmonofont{Consolas}

\setmainlanguage{greek}
\setotherlanguage{english}

\begin{document}

Αυτό το κείμενο είναι στα ελληνικά
\foreignlanguage{english}{and not in English}

\end{document}


You may want to define a shorthand in the preamble, such as

\newcommand{\EN}[1]{\foreignlanguage{english}{#1}}


so the input can be

Αυτό το κείμενο είναι στα ελληνικά
\EN{and not in English}


Note that loading xltxtra is not recommended any more. The most recent versions of fontspec take care of what used to be delegated to xltxtra, including the default font features.