Navigating those differences depend on the effort both of you take to communicate, as an individual, and as a partner.
Yet, certain translations, regardless of language, are challenging to communicate.
The diversity of values, priorities and attitudes can add additional stress as you try to maneuver around the tangles of doubts and expectations.
The doubts can start flooding in very early in a relationship when your family and friends reveal their first impressions. While the specific doubts and expectations of family and friends depend on the culture, be prepared for some abrupt and awkward truths in any sense.
[Read: A cute love story of unconditional love] #4 Balance – Perfecting the balance of each other’s food and traditions This seems like a superficial stress but you will encounter completely different traditions, especially when it comes to food.
Food fuels us, and each culture has perfected their own balance of flavors, aromas and textures.
They may announce the eminent failure of your love, or rave about how cute your mixed babies will be *even though you haven’t even touched that subject yet*. In order to steer clear of any major disagreements with your partner’s family and friends, and with your own, learn to communicate *quickly*!
They may even drop suggestions such as, “As long as you are happy”, and then further down the road, “Are you sure this is what you want? [Read: How to elope and have your perfect dream wedding!
The sooner you tackle the basic dating and relationship sphere that you will be working within, the better!” And all this may lead to an information overload that will end with you questioning different parts of your own relationship. ] Of course, if you’re truly happy, and if your family and friends are genuinely supportive, they will recognize that you are just fine with your mix of cultures, and should let you go on your way.[Read: The 23 kinds of relationships that define your love life] To make it harder, there are also their expectations, like for instance, whether both of you plan to get married or not, and if so, in which country? #3 Communication – Understanding cultures Intercultural relationships don’t always mean dealing with different languages, but they very well can![Read: Things every couple needs to discuss in a relationship] #2 Family and friends – Doubts and expectations The doubts and expectations of both, your partner’s family and friends, and your own, can weigh heavily on your relationship.Outside influence impacts all relationships, but it can be particularly overwhelming when you’re trying to merge two cultures.Of course, communicating with someone of another native language poses a certain challenge.What can be understood verbally, and what is left to physical and emotional cues?And of course, these habits are bound to clash when you have an intercultural relationship.While one partner could be used to dating a different person each month, or has nothing against one-night stands, the other partner could have never experienced a relationship more serious than a middle school romance, and could quite possibly still be a virgin.Most couples fear this looming question but as an intercultural couple, you have a few additional things to think about.The cultural expectations and doubts of family and friends, who hold varying opinions of your love, could impact the discussions and decisions about your future.