10 Tips for Teaching your Partner your Native Language

“Why don’t you understand me!” I cried on many an occasion.

Being with someone who doesn’t speak your native language might sound unimaginable. In fact, I recall saying “I could never fall in love with someone who doesn’t speak English.” Never say never. Here are some of my tips for mixed-cultural couples trying to teach their native language:

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What no one tells you about marrying someone who doesn’t speak English

People are always curious about how long I’ve been in Florence and how I learned Italian. When they learn that my husband is Italian, most people assume that I learned the language because of him. That’s definitely not the case. So what’s it like being married to someone who doesn’t speak English?

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one way ticket

The countdown is officially on for the next adventure, and boy can I tell you this is a big one. To catch you up on the latest, in the last couple months I taught a beginners Italian class and my Italian fidanzato came and visited for a couple of weeks in May! (Google it my […]

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The New “American Dream” ?

“Let’s drink to the pursuit of the new American dream—getting the f***out of America,” Thomas B. Kohnstamm from his book Do Travel Writers Go to Hell? Woosh. Anybody who has known me for more than 5 minutes knows how much I dream about getting out of N.Amer, but that statement is as harsh as a […]

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The report cards I would write

Today marks the last day of my first semester teaching English in Korea. It’s hard to believe it will be my last day with some of the sweetest, orneriest, and fascinating little humans. My Deer class will forever have a place in my heart as the little stinkers that never gave up asking me how […]

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Patience for the Learner

Sometimes it is so incredibly easy to forget to be patient. I don’t generally consider patience a particular talent of mine, and I’m quite certain that if you asked a selection of my students, they would confirm it heartily. At the end of a long day, I often feel like there wasn’t enough time to […]

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