2/9/2012 3:30 PM
Internet dating sites are allowing singles from all over the world to meet and match up. Translation tools make it easy to chat for hours online, but once couples get together for that first face-to-face date, the language barrier can be burden.
"Love is a language and love can provide the basis, but then you kinda really need to fine tune and calibrate that love and you do that by making an effort to learn the other person's language," says Ian Kerner, relationship expert.
Even if a couple can communicate in a mutual language like English, but they each speak their own native languages, they will experience a deeper connection by being able to talk in all three. Making that extra effort brings couples closer together because it shows that they want the relationship to last in the long term.
Another reason this benefits multicultural couples is because is creates a stronger unity between the families. Parents and grandparents will often speak only their native language, making it challenging for someone to bring a new love interest into their life. More traditional families may even be against cross-cultural dating, but if they see this effort is being made, they will be more likely to welcome the newcomer with open arms.
Ultimately, learning a significant other's language is the only way to really understand them.
"I think learning the other person's language goes such a long way in terms of saying I really wanna know you because language really becomes a window into the heart and soul," concludes Kerner.
Source: MSNBC, Photo: LotusHead