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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mondays + culture shock

There are so many days when I feel like shit in Italy. I classically spill the coffee as I’m pouring it out of the Moka pot–how the heck do you get it all to just go in the little baby mug?! I go for a run in my neighborhood and have to withstand stares and […]

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Expat vs Immigrant

9 november, 2016 -the world I had previously refused to imagine is here. The news that Donald Trump was to be the 45th President of the United States hit me with a force. My new Italian husband could only hug me through my tears and try to tell me to try not to care so […]

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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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Reflections on 2015

What a year! I turned 26 this year, so that’s wild! Another year older, another year over. When I think about new years, I like to think about future old lady Christine. What stories will she gather in the next year to tell when she’s all wrinkly and deaf and her crazy curly hair has all […]

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everybody has a different path

There’s a lot of uncertainty in the in-between periods of life. A lot of people around my age are going through times of major transition from new marriages to starting families. Others are moving to new cities, starting new jobs or graduate programs and are really making noticeably adult-sized moves in the game of life. […]

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