[Tex/LaTex] how to insert arabic glyphs in pdflatex


I'm trying to create an English document using pdflatex and want to insert a few cyrillic and arabic glyphs.

something like

the letter Я is cyrillic, whereas ش is arabic

I tried to follow advice found Inserting some Arabic script in an English article, but it seems that xetex and pdflatex are mutually exclusive.

my feeble attempts until now look like:

\documentclass[letterpaper, 12pt]{article}
the letter Я is Cyrillic, whereas ﺵ is arabic

any hints how to achieve this?

Best Answer

You have to properly mark the parts where different scripts are used; this works, for instance:

\documentclass[letterpaper, 12pt]{article}

the letter \foreignlanguage{russian}{Я} is Cyrillic,
whereas \foreignlanguage{arabic}{و} is arabic


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