When you're dating a foreigner
Dating a foreigner is the best way to know about unity in international diversity.
It helps bring people together, keeps them informed of mutual cultures, and calls for an enriching emotional experience altogether. It also requires some caution. Here are some tips to help you stay politically correct, even with foreign romances.
It is essential, early in the relationship, to accept that communication between the two of you will be flawed. Owing to the cultural drawbacks and possible language barriers, it will be easy to misconstrue parts of the conversation. These might result in petty fights and disagreements over insignificant matters.
You should be patient and try to be as clear as possible. Remember that since fluency in English is no way similar to speaking it as a native tongue, you cannot be insensitive to one’s speaking style. Make an attempt to learn your partner’s language. Not only will this impress her to no ends, but will also aid in making her feel more comfortable around you.
2. Cultural Differences and History
Owing to your different cultural backgrounds, there might be a lot of difference in opinions. One can be extremely racial in the face of cultural ignorance. Thus, learning about your partner’s cultural background can help put situations in perspective. Be sensitive to your partner’s cultural history and learn to appreciate its richness. Steer clear of racial stereotyping. It is neither desirable nor appropriate. Not only does it come across as unattractive, but it also makes you insensitive.
3. Racial Superiority
A relationship will thrive on the grounds of equality, even if it means being in a relationship with a foreigner. Braving about your country constantly and berating your partner’s, is going to ensure that this relationship does not live to see the light of day. Saying that your country is the best, to your fellow countrymen, will be taken as a fantastic display of nationalistic fervour, but might come off as racial alienation, to your foreign partner. Not only will this further enforce the cultural differences, but will make her feel out of place in the relationship.
4. Respect for Religion
When dating a foreigner, there are higher chances of meeting people who do not believe in the same religion as you. In this case, creating a sense of equality on religious grounds, will give your partner a sense of belonging. You should understand that even if religion means nothing to you, it might as well be the way of life for your partner. Learning about her religion will help broaden your perspective about the differences and help make her feel at home.
Compromises are an essential part of any relationship, even in one with an expatriate partner. With such vast cultural differences, it is essential to keep a wider berth of understanding while handling the relationship. You need to adjust your behaviour to hers, to make sure that no one ends up offending the other in the long run. Be creative in your outlook and offer a lot of room for change. This will ensure a long and fruitful relationship.
Dating a foreigner is a constant ‘job’ where one needs to act with utmost consideration to be able to able to sustain a relationship for the long haul. By following the above -mentioned steps you will be able to avoid indiscretions in your relationship.