You think you’re practically fluent because you can say “thanks” and “good morning”, but when you try to speak [insert language here] the response can be just the tiniest bit awkward: Let’s not pretend you starting dating him or her for any other reason besides the food.
In a few weeks, you find yourself able to talk easily about the bus strikes of 2011 or the rigged elections of 2003, and boy does that feel good. When a pesky co-worker or curious uncle brings up the 1978 Rebellion and its effects on international trade, you can feel a little bit under informed. Probably one of the worst parts about being one half of of a multi-cultural couple is that one of you might, in fact, call a different country home.Hopefully the visit/stay/vacation is short, and saying goodbye simply means a few skype dates and phone calls until you see each other again.So why not open yourself up to someone who has a different background, speaks a different language, and was born in a different country? Then check out our take on the 6 first date spots that must be avoided. Perhaps you met through a friend, in line at Trader Joes, or through an app on your phone (hey…what a great idea! He or she is intelligent, charming, and the perfect cuddling height, and, ok slight curveball, from a different country.Perhaps he is on your turf for a long work stint abroad, or you are on his to study and explore.
Or maybe you are both navigating the perils of living in a new country at the same time.
But just because your newfound love is international, doesn’t mean that it has a doomed fate.
In fact, regardless of circumstance, cross cultural dating can lead to the most exciting adventure of exploring the world through another person.
And really, there are some undeniably wonderful (and occasionally not so wonderful) things about dating someone who holds a passport from a country that is different from your own.
With the help of some emotionally stirring visuals, here are a few situations you might encounter. When you start dating someone whose first language is different than your own, you’re bound to pick up a few words here and there.
After saying thank you for the first time in [insert language here], you’re just like: But ok, the language barrier doesn’t come without its… How about when you finally meet his mom for the first time?