The reality of international dating
Dating a foreigner is the very definition of the word ‘adventure.’ It’s true; look it up in a dictionary or something. You get to learn so much and experience so many new things which are only some aspects that make it so amazing.
However, these arrangements are not all fun trips abroad, cultural exchanges and happily-ever-afters. There are numerous challenges with the language barrier being the most important. Here is more on why you need to deal with the issue and tips on how to do it.
How significant of a problem is it?
You are probably wondering to yourself right now why you would have to go through the trouble of fixing this issue. After all isn’t the chemistry and great vibe enough to keep you going? Wrong. To help put things in perspective, here are three very important things you will miss out on if you don’t fix the problem.
You might have everything in common, but if you do not communicate effectively, you will never get to appreciate it. Overcoming the language barrier ensures that you both have a chance to understand each other and what makes both of you a perfect match.
I know what you’re thinking. What do jokes have to do with anything? Do not underestimate the power of humor in a relationship. It is, for most people, one of the most desirable qualities that a partner can have. Having a language barrier completely blocks this super important aspect of the relationship which is something you cannot afford.
Finally, by ignoring the barrier, you run the risk of not forming very strong emotional bonds. An emotional bond is closely linked to the point of understanding each other as it is this understanding that contributes to the bond.
How to overcome the language barrier
If you have made it this far, it means you understand the gravity of the situation, and you are interested in fixing things. Good job. The good news is that it is not very difficult to overcome the barrier. With these three simple tips, you should be learning more about each other, sharing corny puns and forming deep bonds in no time.
Learn the language
Learning the language is without a doubt the most obvious and straightforward solution. Do not worry; no one expects you to be an overnight expert in the new language’s most intricate details. However, a basic understanding of everyday terms and conversational language will make all the difference. So get a tutor, buy an online language package or get your partner to teach you. It will be worth your while.
Online translator services
If you can’t or simply do not want to go through the trouble of learning a new language you could always take this short cut. Thank technological heavens for the times we live in as there are so many translation options. You can have a text conversation, a phone call or even face to face interactions instantly translated. All you have to do is go online and find the app for it. Or trust old Uncle Google and his Google translate tool.
Let your actions speak for you
Actions speak louder than words. As you learn the language or how to use the translator they will come in very handy for effective communication. It could be anything from a smile and forehead kiss to show your love, to literal gestures to demonstrate a new concept or idea.