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Tips about cross-cultural dating and relationships

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Why It’s Good To Keep Things Simple In Intercultural Relationships

Life is complicated in so many ways. There are rules and ways of doing things for just almost everything. To the extent, love is no longer as easy as falling in it and getting...
Interracial couple

Chaos and Order in Intercultural Relationships

  We spend our days searching for that moment when our partners look at us and with a wink they acknowledge that our ship is traveling at a steady pace, with its regular stops for...
Happy couple on beach

Finding that Sweet Spot in a Multicultural Relationship

The greatness behind being in any kind of romantic relationship comes in that mutual agreement that turns our attention towards nurturing the fire of individualism. Each one of us customizes their own power of...

The Fear of Moving Abroad- A Couples Story

It was a sunny and windy day. Timothy’s first day basking in the sun at a beach along the Indian Ocean in Mombasa, Kenya. While marveling at the beautiful scenery in the coastal town...

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They Also Have A Saying: Raising Children with a Cross-Cultural Partner

  Children sometimes manage to burn away our daily stress. They have conquered a magnificent game of momentary attentiveness capable of changing the most difficult of circumstances. It is through their eyes and their ability...

How to get the in-law’s on my side: The Brew

  Every new day your in-laws visiting troupe are taking over your house has an impact on how much you wish you could turn yourself into four, especially if you are expected to cook for...

Don’t Blame the Distance – Here Are 5 Practical Communication Tips in Long Distance...

Gustafson is Swedish. She’s a professor at a university in Denmark. Her husband is African. Together they have a son. Like many, she’s seen first-hand the difficulty maintaining and staying in not only an...

How To Survive The Separation In Long Distance Intercultural Relationship

Is this real or am I dreaming? Is s/he even worth it? Is s/he feeling the same way about me? Am I being a mediocre again thinking it’s going to work? Would I be...

Thinking Out Loud: Cross-Cultural Relationships

  The questions remain the same in a relationship: How to better communicate what we want? How do we allow those we love to be their best self? Who has the patience...

How Do I get Him to Learn my Language?

Dating a man who speaks another language can be interesting, and even much more interesting when yours is the language they want to learn. However, we cannot rule out the fact that doing so...

No Rules In Love

If there was an easy way to find your perfect companion, the world would be in an ecstatic state of wonder. The days would blend with the nights in music and acts of kindness....

We are the Enthusiasm of the World

We all have in our organism traces of a dance between cultures that happened before our forefathers crossed the desert, before they ventured on the wild waters of any ocean. We scream in silence...

An Expensive Freedom: Living Away From In-Laws

I have no issues with my partner’s close relatives, but the fact that his family doesn’t live in the same country as we do can sometimes be a great way to strengthen the bonds...

How The Holidays Brought Back The Spark In Cate’s Relationship

If you have only shared some quality time on dates then holidays may be quite an experience for you. It means you spend more time together, which is great but can also cause strain...

Breathing Life Into a Bumpy Intercultural Relationship

It’s a new year and Erin is hoping her relationship can take a turn more positive. Her story is not different from most. For some time now she’s felt her relationship has been rocked...

5 Ways of Bringing Up Children Born in Intercultural Marriages

With the world turning into a global village, there is certainly a lot of connection and each day, thousands of relationships are born. Forget about the official and highly formalized relationships that are majorly...

Free culture-training video: Individualism versus community

Are you dating or married to someone from a different culture or country? Here is a video about the #1 cultural difference that trips up a lot of cross-cultural couples. This might be the most...

Raising Children with your Cross Cultural Partner

 When it comes to providing a shelter of love and understanding for our dear children, raising a family with your cross-cultural partner must become "ground zero" for treaties and negotiations. We all have...

Subtle Tips on How to Manage Your Interracial Relationships at 20’s

Kenneth and Jude are students at California State Polytechnic University. Kenn is a white. Jude on the other hand is a Latina. They met in freshman year of college, that was some 3 years...

Choosing to be happy no matter what: International Relationship

I love standing in line to buy food in Havana, there is nothing worse than the present circumstances our relatives must go through to make ends meet. But even in the middle of those...

Dealing with matters of the heart in different cultures

People move abroad for plenty of different reasons, whether it’s work, pleasure or following your heart. Of course this could mean moving to be with someone that you met in a different country, or it...

Kevin’s Interracial Dilemma: Choice Between Partner and Family

Kevin is a colleague at work. He is an African American. Like most blacks, he traces his roots from the 250 or so years of slavery. You would relate this was the reason behind...

The Do’s and Don’ts of Intercultural Relationships

Intercultural relationship can generally refer to a relationship between people from different races, say, an African and Asian or a Chinese and an American lady. Such relationships may exist on the wider view of...

Touching Confessions of Couples in Intercultural Relationships

Emily and Michael Emily a doctor and Michael an engineer had no idea if they were ever going to last as couples for that long. ‘Every moment we were together it felt like we were...

Opposites Attract: International Relationship

 They say "opposites attract", and international relationships have a saying on this. They are the embodiment of such a statement. From the color of the skin to the idea of family and child bearing, there...

El Malecon and its lovers

El Malecón or Avenida de Maceo, in Havana City, is one of the longest sea walkways I have ever walked. It is truly a piece of cultural landmark for Cubans. The war of the...

The Other Cuba: Free Spanish Teachers

The Cuba you see in the news is by far the worst representation that country has. No land can ever be truly portrayed by a camera man and a news anchor. Especially if their...

Discovering different parts of your hometown thanks to a relationship

When you live in a place for a while it can be easy to get stuck in the same routine. Humans are creatures of habit and even the most open-minded people can find themselves visiting...

It takes a village to raise a child: Intercultural relationships

"It takes a village to raise a child." A village is defined as "a gathering of humans" by most dictionaries, but I would like to take that term a little bit further. Being an active...

She didn’t like my joke!: Humor in a cross-cultural relationship

Humor generally comes as a savior for cross-cultural relationships, at least most of the time. It doesn’t matter how, it could be folkloric humor, or strange phonetics outburst of language imitations, or smart criticism with...

Maintaining Your Own Identity In An Intercultural Relationship

Intercultural relationships are a wonderful opportunity to combine the best of two cultures. At the same time, many ultimately fail because one partner sacrifices too much of their own identity in order to make the...

10 Myths and Misconceptions about Intercultural Relationships

Intercultural relationships cannot work Most people already have a formed opinion and belief that no cross-cultural relationship can ever work because of cultural diversity. When people develop such a perception, it is difficult to...

Success Stories from Couples in Intercultural Marriages

Brian and June When Nurse Andre called out Brian’s name who was pacing up and down in the waiting room, the nurse looked at him in a confused manner, the kind of glance that raises...

Key Stress Factors for New Intercultural Couples

Heather is a gorgeous lady in her late thirties. She was born and raised in Germany. She met her husband Mike some 14 years ago. Now Mike is a third generation Hispanic American serving...

Managing conflicts in intercultural relationships

Lately, intercultural relationships have become common, and this situation will only increase. However, not all is rosy for couples in this relationships. Several differences reportedly take center-stage in this relationships with many of the...

What do you need to know before marrying someone from a different culture?

Marrying someone from another culture can be so exciting because of the new and interesting things that you can learn from each other. However, as much as it may sound so good, it can...

Cross-Cultural Dilemma: Silence the translator to let your relationship breathe

It seems that whenever we think about international relationships we always have our attention delegated to language, and the importance of being able to share and to communicate with the other. It’s the one...

Learning your Lover’s Language: The slang of The Cuban Canadian love

  My husband asked me the other day, “Why is it that French from France sounds different than French from Quebec?” He continued: “It’s like the verbs are in different places or that the...

Eating at the in-laws: Mima’s most powerful potion

There was a time when I had so much to say about food combining, and the positive aspects of raw eating and juicing. Thinking back now, I realize that I have been blind-sided by...

When you don’t understand the language of your in-laws, you smile and enjoy the...

It is with great knowledge that I write about this. A knowledge that is based on direct experience, acquired through constantly facing one of the most difficult yet funny circumstances of cross cultural...

What makes or breaks your cross cultural relationship? Commun values

   My husband and I are sitting on our couch. There are books on the floor, our national geographic collection is boxed and ready to be taped, ready to be put in our friend’s...

Are they saying your relationship won’t make it? Tell them to go fly a...

We all have something to say about everything. We need to comment on each and every topic that our friends have opinions about. But please, be more tolerant when it comes to criticizing or...

Cross-cultural relationships: The good, bad and ugly side of it

We live in a world where everything has become so accessible, opening endless opportunities for people to interact through work, study, or travel. Such avenues have made it possible for so many people to...

International couples shine differently

Do you go to airports on a regular basis? I do. In part because of my own travels and also to take relatives who are either going to or returning from their homes. Its...

How to deal with in-laws from a different culture

If you’re in an intercultural relationship you might be dreading dealing with your parents-in-law, but it doesn’t have to be as difficult as people make out. Most people worry about meeting their parents-in-law for the...

How relishing food from other cultures strengthen multi-cultural relationships

To some extent all relationships are multicultural since we all come from different families to create a new unit. While most couples adjust naturally over time to the new paradigm, others find it difficult...

The Role of Women in Various Cultures in the Society

In every culture, there is the consistency of standards regarding the division of gender-based roles. This is because of the diversity in culture, which, function as a way of organizing and differentiating the roles...

How are men expected to act in an intercultural relationship?

The role that a man is expected to take in a relationship has perhaps never been subject to as much hand wringing as it is today. The rise of modern feminism and slow progress towards...

Washing up

Every relationship has cultural differences. What kind of family were you raised in? Where did you go to school? Are you from a big city or a farming community? Which ethnicity do you associate...

Make your intercultural relationship last by learning the lingo

While you may be love struck for a while after meeting your partner, speaking the same language is key if your relationship is to blossom. Love at first sight is a wonderful thing. It can...

I come into your mind in peace

You have a set idea in mind for your evening: a few lit candles, an organic bottle of wine, some jazz playing at a very low volume, and some nice sauté fish and herbs....

The Nightmares Surrounding Intercultural Relationships

Making any relationship work whether it is an intercultural relationship or not can be demanding, and at some point turn out to be a total nightmare. As much as some couples may find their...

How to overcome challenges in intercultural relationships

The cultural challenges faced by two people who are from different backgrounds can be so overwhelming thereby, making it a difficult for intercultural relationships to work. The simple question that has tormented several people...

The importance of culture in defining the role and the expectations of men in...

The gender-based roles for both men and women widely differ as they are defined depending on the different cultures. This is a clear sign that roles and expectations form important components of any culture...