According to the Census Bureau, 21 percent of married-couple households in the U.S. have at least one foreign-born spouse. Are you set to join them in the near future? Did you fall for a beautiful girl in Tokyo or a gorgeous guy in Naples and you’re excited to take your friendship further?
Now, how can you show your love that they mean the world to you?
Get to know their culture and language of course! A good place to start is learning how to say, “I love you.” Once you have learned the basics like “I love you” or “I am thinking of you”, you can surprise your sweetheart by using pet names in his or her language.
“Meu chuchu”, for example, is a very sweet way to express your love in Brazil. Chuchu is actually a typical Brazilian vegetable.
The Dutch love licorice: they eat the most licorice per capita of any people in the world. It is no surprise, then, that your Dutch girlfriend would love to be considered your “dropje” (licorice).
Russians might love cherries, since they call their loved ones “vishenka” (cherry). It is often girls who choose an animal as a pet name for their boyfriend: how could you not love to hear yourself being called “orsacchiotto” (little bear) by an Italian, “spatz” (sparrow) by a German, or “myszka” (little mouse) by your Polish girlfriend?
A beautiful pet name the Chinese use is “chen yu luo yan”. It means a woman with overwhelming beauty, who makes the fish sink and wild geese fall, based on an old Chinese anecdote.
Last, but not least, the French would say “mon petit chou”, referring to a French patisserie called “chou à la crème” (a cream puff), thus, something sweet and delicious, like your love.
Then only the right present is missing for Valentine’s Day to be a success. Be aware of the different customs in different cultures, though. In Germany, for instance, mainly flowers are given. In Japan women give men chocolate on February 14th. One month later, on the “White Day”, they will get white chocolate from their men in return. In South Korea there is also a “Black Day”: first, chocolate is given as in Japan. Whoever does not receive chocolate has a very sad day on April 14th and will eat “jajangmyeon”, noodles with black bean sauce. In Brazil nothing happens mid-February; here Valentine’s Day is on June 12th, this year coinciding with the beginning of the World Cup in soccer.
Learning a language for your partner will not only be fun, but might be the start of an exciting journey together. With Rosetta Stone you can get started right away – simply immerse yourself in a new language from your tablet or smartphone.