You know that feeling when you’re both snuggled up on the sofa and your partner turns to look at you and says, “Is there a word in English meaning ‘to defile corpses’? Well, chances are you’re not in a bilingual relationship.
American Zach and his Hungarian fiancée Janka both work for language learning app Babbel.
Also, when it comes to meeting friends or in-laws, or visiting the partner’s home country, that extra effort will help strengthen your understanding of where your other half came from.
Although these benefits are great, they do require work and awareness for both partners. Even if your partner has lived and worked in an English-speaking country for a decade, and communicates comfortably in English.
Even if their native language is as common as Spanish, or as obscure as Eritrean. It creates a more balanced level of communication, in which both of you can speak your minds comfortably.
Actually, in the LONG run, the language will always be a barrier so why go any further at this point?
Also, if you grew up in a different culture it will also hinder the relationship; not saying it won't work, but it may cause differences between you.
“We have a lot of words that we say in Hungarian because there isn’t an English equivalent.”Despite the challenges of building a relationship across a language barrier, dating “without borders” is on the rise.
According to a study by Eurostat, nearly 9% of marriages in the UK include a foreign-born spouse, while across Europe nearly 30% of people cite love as their reason for moving to another country.
Many times you have to repeat things even during a normal conversation. Ideally, the language spoken between 2 people should be a mother tongue to at least one of them.
Nuances are lost Then again, most other people never ask me to repeat, so perhaps he has a slight hearing problem, or wasnt paying attention, or wanted to deliberately annoy me, or who knows I speak his language a little bit and was very determined to advance in it, so we can speak it between us instead of English. As Ive said before, even though I have an accent myself, there are many accents I just cant stand and I dont care how wonderful the person may be I just cant be around him on a regular basis as they irritate the hell out of me.
Hungarian is a very colourful language,” says Zach.