Or, now that we’ve gotten the usual ‘getting to know you’ questions out of the way, how do I explain my political stance or religious beliefs? How do you differentiate between when there’s only one word for the two in their language?
I went there looking to meet women with a possibility of marriage in the future.
Her smile and charm transcend language and cultural barriers. She loves the accent of the Argentinian guys just as much or more as you love the French girls’. She might also cook you a traditional healthy soup.
She’ll haggle with the foreign, non-Spanish-speaking guy who runs a stolen-things-and-more business in some dirty and dark corner of Barcelona until she can get you a pair of cool sunglasses for five euros instead of 30.
But, naturally, that’s not what’s on your mind when you first start out.
You don’t meet the handsome stranger and think, “Hmm, we only have a limited shared vocabulary to verbally communicate to each other with…this could cause some problems.” No, no, no – you think, “Hmm, I’m in an exotic country and this handsome stranger is pretty dang intriguing…and their English is really good…but I’m sure this isn’t going to go anywhere, that’s just silly, and…shit, they just kissed me.” And then you’re screwed.
Doesn’t matter if the sun is shining, if it’s pouring rain, or dumping snow. “ — a really tiny beer — for you and your delicate Spanish girlfriend. Then you bring the ridiculous mini-beer to your girl.
To go out and each time learn a little bit more about them, the window into their lives opening a little bit more.
Then you realize, “Wow, eight months of Thai lessons and I can just get people to understand my order…most of the time.
How am I supposed to explain when I’m upset with something?
Again, she waited for the translation into Ukrainian.
Is it even possible for a young woman who grows up in this region to speak little or no Russian?