But even if you have been unlucky in love, maybe it’s time for you to date a Latino/a.
Don’t worry, you shouldn’t sharpen up your game if the opportunity arises. Lesson number 1: Don’t try to learn Spanish if you don’t want to be made fun of.
We are passionate and emotional, and if you doubt it just watch a latino soap opera and discover our key value: life is worthless without love. Besides, you can learn the most basic phrases: Besame ahora (Kiss me now), Abrazame, (Hug me), vamos a acurrucar (let’s snuggle).
And if our passion often leads us to a heartbreak, we can quote Alfred Tennyson: “‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all” If you are living in the US, this one is for you. What can be greater than learning Spanish while receiving a kiss as a reward?
Yes, we may risk everything for nothing and yes, we are vulnerable.
Of course, cultural clashes can be a disheartening experience. As soon as I emigrated to the US, I dated an American girl.
But even if your relationship ends up in failure, down the line you will value what you learned. I frequently noticed her peculiar gesture whenever I talked to my parents on the phone.
Lesson number 2: Don’t try to assume stereotypical attitudes if you don’t want to get dumped.
And lesson number 3: Just be yourself and face the cultural differences with an open mind. You never fully discover your culture’s shortcomings until you date a Latino.
Setting the personal qualities aside, any expatriate is also a vessel of beliefs, attitudes, customs, and mainly, surprises. After a few occasions, I asked her why she stared at me that way.
She smiled and said: “I just think it’s sweet the way you talk to your parents.