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Being in a relationship with a person of another nationality presents its challenges, it is true. But let’s be honest, there are still a lot of advantages.
1- LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Having a partner of a different nationality makes you greatly progress in terms of languages. More effective than Duolingo, more affectionate than a private teacher, it is THE best way to learn a foreign language.
2- THE KITCHEN
It is also an opportunity to extend your culinary culture to new horizons. Knowing that your palate is delicate your partner and tender will do his/her best to present the cuisine of his/her country at its best. And if he/she is smart, he/she will even teach you how to cook his/her favourite dishes.
Having a partner from another part of the world, he/she will bring his/her different body presentation, such as skin color, height, facial structure, hair color, accent, etc. He/she will look different among others in your surroundings. There is a possibility, that it will attract attention from others and you need to be ready with it! Just like Asians or Africans, they will look different in the crowd with their exotism.
4- SCROLL BAD WORDS
When your partner gets on your nerves, you can let off steam and throw him the worst insults of your own language jargon without your partner understanding anything (this also applies in the other direction, unfortunately).
It’s a good excuse to travel, and even to move to another country. Strangely, justifying others to go abroad “to join your partner” is much more accepted than if you leave just because you want to. What an injustice for singles.
6- THE PRESENTATIONS
Even if he is a little slow-witted and clumsy, no problem presenting him to those around you who will see nothing but fire. Especially if your partner has a poor command of your mother tongue. It will be enough for your partner to mumble a few words in his mother tongue when your friends ask him/her, to make the general unanimity.
7- THE ATTITUDE
It goes both ways, for you and also for your partner. You are less likely to display yourself too much to your partner’s family, even if your sentences are riddled with mistakes when you try to express yourself in the language of your sweetheart. In any case, that your partner’s friends and family already love you, they come with their assumptions about you, such as you’re a good cook, you’re a romantic person, you have a good taste, etc. And, they think that you know everything about your country even singing your country’s anthem! You need to accommodate and anticipate it.
8- HUMOR: YES YES YOU’RE GOOD IT IS HIM/HER WHO UNDERSTAND NOTHING
If you make jokes to which he/she does not laugh, it is necessarily due to a cultural shift. This obviously has nothing to do with the quality of your humor.
9- THE FASHION STYLE
Similarly, if he sometimes finds your clothing tastes strange, it is surely due to a cultural discrepancy, it is he/her who-may-not-understand. Nothing and no one can question your sense of style.
10- IMPERFECT PERFECTION
As you know, deep down, you are far from perfect. There are lots of things you could do better. For example, you cook super badly, you hate your accent when you speak other languages, and the only city that you can place on a map is your own city. But what may seem imperfect in someone from your country can become completely crisp in a foreigner. Your partner loves your little accent, loves the fact that you cook small of your traditional dishes for him/her, and finds you so sophisticated to know your country, he who has never set foot there.
Sometimes going out with a stranger is almost tricky. But in the life of an expatriate, it’s not just love. There are friends, too.