Communication in intercultural dating relationships
When you're with your partner, don't turn every time you're together into a language lesson.
"Often it's fun to work out what the other is saying, although it can be frustrating (and time consuming) too." It may not just be the language that's different – you're also entering into a relationship with someone from a cultural background that may be completely alien to your own.
Learning about life from a different cultural perspective can make a relationship fresher and more interesting.
If your partner corrects you, try not to get irritated.
Some things – perhaps even the most important things – can be communicated in other ways, like your body language and the tone of your voice.
Love can be expressed in many different ways – words are just one of them." Max and Sophie are two years into their relationship now.
As Max said, "Not speaking each other's language forced us to communicate more not less, I think it actually brought us closer together and although we still have the odd communication mishap – we sometimes have to check what the other means – overall it seems to be going pretty well." While you might not be able to discuss world politics or the meaning of life in any great depth on day one, falling in love with someone from another culture can be a wonderful experience.
You might dance and flirt with someone you're attracted to without having a conversation; you might even fall in love at first sight, before the other person has uttered a single word.
But can you actually develop a relationship without sharing a common language?
Coping with the language barrier can be enjoyable – even if it sometimes makes communication more protracted.