I was lucky to have a solid base of Spanish when I came to Spain, but I’ve got friends who started their relationships with zero Spanish and their boyfriends had zero English, and they’ve made it work.
However, things can get complicated when it comes to those inevitable arguments.
And while I was expecting (and got) some negativity, I was also surprised at the number of positive comments it received. Because apparently being very passionately jealous is sexy to (some) Spanish girls. I don’t want to even start generalizing about a whole continent. This was actually going to be a point in my original article, but I cut it to save space… María Isabel says: Hi Daniel: nice and interesting. Coming soon, I have an article about how to beat the heat like a local. And no girl has ever dumped me when her ex-boyfriend got back from the grape harvest.
In case y’all can’t tell, a lot of what I write is intended to get a reaction. And if you don’t call them at 3 AM to ask what they’re doing, they think you just don’t care. Incidentally, even telling Latin people that we consider “South America” to be a continent has a way of pissing them off. But as a Spanish girl married to an English native speaker for many years the opposite would be also very funny.
That and trying to date my students at the language school. In another thread, some people expressed the opinion that if we can’t be 100% positive about Spain all the time, we should go home.
When I came to Madrid in 2004, that was my strategy too.
My dad used to insist that my English boyfriend had to try again, as he couldn’t conceive he didn’t like it.
I asked dad to live with it and just give him another Mahou, always welcome with great pleasure. Here’s Gemma’s bio: Born and bred in Madrid, spent summers in Andalucía, studied “filología inglesa” between Madrid and Coventry and in 2002 I quit my crappy job in Madrid for a crappy job in Surrey.
Here we’ll see some of the best comments from the Facebook thread, plus my responses. Four months into my big move to Spain I was wondering if I would last the whole year.Teaching English in the small town of Linares, Jaen wasn’t working out how I imagined it would.And once you meet the family, you’re immediately a new member of their circle and they’re thrilled to have you. Also, it can sometimes be the case where your has nights set aside to eat with their family alone.Don’t be offended if his Monday or Tuesday night is always booked for family dinners and he has to meet up with you after.Unless those guys happen to be Daniel Craig or Hugh Laurie. And humble public servant that I am, I’d like to share what Gemma had to say about dating British men. And if you want to write a guest post for the blog, contact me here. The first few days I left the table hungry, as when they said ‘would you like some more?