# Switching between English/Greek

I want to use in my document both English and Greek characters. I want to alternate between the two languages constantly, as the document is a physics lab report, written in Greek and the symbols in English.

How can I do that easily, without having to type /selectlanguage{english} every time? I use the babel package for languages and a Greek/English keyboard.

• Welcome to TeX - LaTeX! Can you provide some sample code as a minimal working example (MWE)](meta.tex.stackexchange.com/q/228). Depending on the set-up it may be appropriate to use macros for the physics expressions, or just introduce a new shorter macro to switch language. – Andrew Swann Sep 15 '16 at 13:48

You can use both English and Greek language by calling polyglossia package and by compiling your document using either XeLaTex or LuaLaTeX engine. Both of them use your fonts that are in your system, so your only concern is the font you choose to support greek characters. Here is a MWE

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{fontspec,xgreek,polyglossia}

\defaultfontfeatures{Mapping=tex-text}
\setmainfont[Mapping=tex-text]{Linux Biolinum} % choose a font that supports greek characters

\setdefaultlanguage{english}
\setotherlanguage[variant=modern]{greek}

\begin{document}

Αυτή η πρόταση ειναι στα ελληνικά, but this one is in english

\end{document}


Simply use babel with the alphabeta package.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[greek,english]{babel}
\usepackage{alphabeta}

\begin{document}

Αυτή η πρόταση ειναι στα ελληνικά, but this one is in english

\end{document}

• I've been using the alphabeta package but it gives a weird hyphenation to the capital letters. – BillarasKal Sep 15 '16 at 16:13
• In such cases you need to enclose Greek content in \foreignlanguage{greek}{ελληνικά}. – n.r. Sep 15 '16 at 22:04