The Cross Cultural Relationship Toolkit

cross cultural relationship

So you are from one culture and your partner, spouse, or significant other is from another. At first it’s so exciting and feels exotic. But as with all relationships, when the honeymoon phase is over, differences of opinion can arise. It’s important to note that all people have similar wants, needs and desires. Oftentimes, people from different cultures express them differently. Americans tend to be more direct, for instance, whereas Europeans and Asians are generally more indirect with problems and inquiries. Being so direct isn’t considered polite in some other cultures. So what tools can you use to construct effective communication within a cross-cultural relationship?

First, have patience to talk with your significant other and discuss any misunderstandings. Use a variety of ways to say the same thing if you aren’t being understood. In an attempt to avoid immediate miscommunication, study your romantic partner’s culture in depth. Read books, search websites, and talk to people from within that culture. If you are part of an expat community in a foreign country, there should be loads of people you can connect with in foreigner bars, the English language newspaper, and through online communities.

If you are in your home country, there are cultural and language programs at the embassy in your nearest city; read expat English newspapers, reach out to professors on the local college campus, and if your lady love or handsome beau is from a place that has a community near yours, say a China town or the like, visit it. Get to know the meals, sayings, language and literature of the person you are in love with. It will be an uplifting and beautiful experience.

Was this tip helpful? Why not share it?
This entry was posted in General, Marriage, Recovery, Relationship, Strategy by Tipsofdivorce Team. Bookmark the permalink.

About Tipsofdivorce Team

Tips of Divorce articles are written by our expert team consisting of a recent divorcee, the creator of the website, a lawyer, a journalist, and content managers who edit and publish the articles. All contributors to this site have been impacted by divorce in their family and/or social lives. Our writers come from a wide array of backgrounds to give insights not only into life during and after divorce, but also married life, being a child of divorce, handling the legal aspects of divorce, dating and cohabitating, and more! Divorce has become so commonplace that it's difficult to find anyone who hasn't been affected by it in some way. In fact, recent studies show that many young people avoid marriage out of fear of getting divorced down the line. Divorce truly has an impact on society as a whole, not only the individuals who are directly experiencing it. This is why we encourage our followers to contribute personal insights, stories, and thoughts regarding divorce so that we can gather knowledge and wisdom from various perspectives to be used for future tips to help others.