Meeting the family is a big deal in most cultures, but even more so in Spain, and it can happen pretty soon into the relationship.Three weeks into dating my boyfriend, I still remember when he timidly asked me if I would like to meet his sister and niece.I’ve more or less always been able to communicate how I’m feeling to my partner, and understood his sentiments as well.But I’ve also learned that it’s OK to say that you don’t understand and ask them to re-phrase what they’re saying, and that’s especially the case when you’re arguing because misunderstandings can make things worse.As with anything, it’s hard to generalize, especially when it comes to dating in Spain, because each region has a somewhat distinct culture. Here are some things to keep in mind for your Spanish love affair.
The language barrier may or may not have an impact on your relationship depending on each person’s proficiency in their partner’s native language.
However, after spending the holidays in Italy with my family and yearning to go home, I headed back to Spain determined to make the best of my remaining five months there.
Within a week, I met my Spanish boyfriend, and three years and many challenges later, we are still making it work. Spanish men have the reputation of being tall, dark and handsome, with thick accents that can make you swoon.
When it comes to arguments, patience is always key, but even more so when you don’t share the same native language. The Spanish like to see where life takes them; they don’t limit what could happen on any given day by making strict plans.
Ask them Wednesday or Thursday what they are doing on the weekend and they typically respond with, “” (“We’ll see”). Well, in mine in particular it was a bit difficult for us to overcome this huge difference between our expectations at first.