# Writing texts in two parallel columns

I need to quote an excerpt of a book along with its translation, but I don't know how to write the original text in the left of my document and the translated one in the right of the same page.

The document class is book, and my document is written full page, not divided in columns.

Can you help me?

• Try the paracol package, for example – user31729 Sep 12 '16 at 16:58
• Do you need the text one in each page or in the same page? – Alenanno Sep 12 '16 at 17:13
• multicol is another option – musarithmia Sep 12 '16 at 17:15
• @ChristianHupfer The paracol package seems good. Is there a way to change the column width? (There is too much empty space between columns) And is it possible to change the size of the text only in the paracol environment? – M-elman Sep 12 '16 at 17:18
• @Alenanno In the same page – M-elman Sep 12 '16 at 17:18

You can use, possibly amongst other choices, paracol or parcolumns. Each have their own option to specify/choose from.

### paracol

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage[margin=1in]{geometry}% Just for this example
\usepackage{paracol,lipsum}

\begin{document}

\sloppy% Just for this example
\lipsum[1]

\columnratio{0.4}
%\setlength{\columnseprule}{.4pt}
\begin{paracol}{2}
\lipsum[2]
\switchcolumn
\lipsum[3]
\end{paracol}

\lipsum[4]

\end{document}


### parcolumns

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage[margin=1in]{geometry}% Just for this example
\usepackage{parcolumns,lipsum}

\begin{document}

\sloppy% Just for this example
\lipsum[1]

\begin{parcolumns}[colwidths={1=.4\linewidth},rulebetween]{2}
\colchunk{\lipsum[2]}
\colchunk{\lipsum[3]}
\end{parcolumns}

\lipsum[4]

\end{document}

• Paracol suits me, I tried it and it seems the solution for what I need to do. Now however I need to do some changes to columns and the text in them: in the matter in question I want to decrease the space between the columns and, if it is possible, to decrease also the font size, in order to make the text occupy less space in the page. – M-elman Sep 12 '16 at 18:13
• @M-elman: Are you just translating terms, or are you translating paragraphs? Will you only use one page for this, or more than one? – Werner Sep 12 '16 at 18:20
• I'm translating an excerpt of an article - so, paragraphs - and I want to use only a part of a page for this. With default settings the section occupies a full page and it' unsightly. – M-elman Sep 12 '16 at 18:26
• @M-elman: So you have \section* inside the environment you want to translate? Please provide as much detail as possible. Alternatively, provide an image... – Werner Sep 12 '16 at 18:42
• In the current chapter of my document I have the section "MySection". I wrote something in it and then I need to quote a piece of a scientific article, which I prefer to quote in the original language and translated, preferably in two columns, under the text above, but without changing the settings of all the document. Since it's an example, I would like to write it without occupying a full page, hence the need to reduce the font size and the space between columns. Did I manage to clarify everything? – M-elman Sep 12 '16 at 19:01