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:




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

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





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


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


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.

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