Common Family Encounters When Dating A Foreigner
For some reason, people get really excited when they find out their friend or family member is dating a foreigner. Everything just becomes more interesting when one of the couple comes from another part of the world. There are things people will encounter, when dating a foreigner, which they will not encounter when dating people from their local community.
Dating foreign women and men is unconventional in countries which are not as culturally diverse as the United States. And even in the most culturally-diverse places such as the States, some people who date foreigners would still turn the heads of some locals.
Here are some of the things a person would commonly encounter with his or her family when dating a foreigner:
- They make a big deal out of their accent
Especially if you are dating someone from the United Kingdom who speaks in British accent, you might as well expect people within your family or local community to be amazed at how they sound when they speak English. Some people tend to make a big deal out of foreigners’ accents; however, these are mostly positive in nature. People get enamored when something unusual or new comes into their way such as a foreigner’s accent.
- They try to learn their language
It’s also very common for family members to establish rapport with a foreigner through asking them about their language. Oftentimes, family members would ask for translations or basic words and phrases which they will use from time to time. In turn, family members would also teach foreigners their local language. It would be an exchange of knowledge.
- They compare countries
Comparing countries is also something you should expect. Oftentimes, your foreign partner and your family members might just end up talking about the similarities and differences between your country and your partner’s. Again, this is a great way to establish rapport and to get to know one another more.
- They give side comments
Oftentimes, some family members would give side comments about the relationship especially when they find out that the two met in international dating sites. They usually focus on the stereotypes and misconceptions of these modern methods of dating.
Online dating sites might not have the best reputation but they have, indeed, helped millions of couples find their true love who ended up to be in the opposite side of the world. Hence, snarky side comments even when they come from family are those that should be ignored since usually these are just initial reactions. Usually, their minds change once they get to know the foreign partner better.
- You will turn heads in the family and neighborhood
For people who come from a country or a race that prefers to be homogeneous, dating a foreigner would definitely turn heads within the family and within the neighborhood. It will be common for people to look at you especially if both of you are an unusual sight such as when you date a foreigner who people in your race rarely goes on a date with.