Meeting in Ireland, breaking up in Versaille for an excruciating 10 minutes, meeting the families, being separated for a year to finish college…And he wanted to hang with the locals, not some American on an Education Abroad Program.
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I finally have an excuse to indulge in that high quality chocolate (the kind that melts in your mouth like nothing else in the world) that he can’t live without! Especially after our children arrived, things got really challenging (and it wasn’t the decision of whether to use cloth or disposable – that decision was the easiest: ! Corey Heller is the founder of Multilingual Living and the Editor-In-Chief/Publisher of Multilingual Living Magazine.
As a friend once jokingly told me, “It’s better to have an Italian accent than a gringo accent.” Reply After living in Hong Kong for two years, I came home to Seattle…and promptly met, fell in love with, and married a man from Hong Kong. 8) My kids voluntarily eat tofu, dried whole fish and “juice” made from flowers! (Today, he said his teeth had “plague.” He meant plaque.) 6) His mother! Reply I am Scottish and living with a Catalan man near Barcelona. Dugan Romano’s book Intercultural Marriage even explores various types- I am a Nontraditional.
Whenever I have a baby, she moves in for a month and does all the cooking and cleaning. 5) Being able to have an argument in broad daylight and know that nobody else can understand us. When we argue we can decide it is a misunderstanding and stop! Yes, my family and friends find him totally charming and handsome – and he is. Because he’s so Dutch, he opted to teach our daughter Spanish over Dutch, because he thought it was more “practical”. He’s got that oh-so-useful red (EU) passport, and now so does our daughter! We’re both up always up for an adventure since our marriage is one to begin with. I can always say in job interviews I have hands-on experience with multi-cultural situations. Just about anywhere in Europe, he can manage to understand the answer when he asks for directions (which he always wants to do! However, I find that this is a “taboo topic” even at Global Leadership meetings at the university where I work.
notsospanish.Reply I’m Asian and my partner is Australian.
I guess it’s easier for us Asian to adapt to Western customs since we have early exposures to it (TV, music, media etc).
Reply I didn’t marry a man from another country, but I did marry one whose family is intractably Republican. I converted him in the end, but we still have to have holidays with Republicans! You should write one titled “10 Reasons Why You Should Marry a Republican (Like I Did)”! Knowing you, it would be hilarious, full of tongue-in-cheek witticisms and so much more. then you could have had both the foreigner elements AND the Republican elements – oh yea baby, bring it on! Being married to a republican would DEFINITELY be more difficult than being married to my Chinese husband. I’m currently not speaking to one of my husband’s nephews who is a far right wing idiot who just can’t keep his mouth shut.
😉 Reply I think if I were married to a republican I would go insane or want to leave him. I used to really care for him but he really pushed me TOO FAR!!! although we are both native English speakers the cultural differences between Americans and Brits is vast!
(I’m fluent in Chinese.) 4) When we went to Hawaii on our honeymoon, I got him to dress up in all sorts of loud Hawaiian prints…and on him, what that great skin, he actually looked cool! So many more ways to say I love you/Te Quiero/T’estimo. It has taken me a longer time to be accepted as multiculturally competent than if I had been born into another culture.