Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Intercultural marriage: pros and cons


Intercultural marriage: pros and cons.

Marriages between people from different countries are rising nowadays. This is the conclusion of a recent Spanish study, which shows that if the tendency goes on, next year one out of five weddings will be between foreigners, which in my view could be mainly due to a higher number of commuters and travelers around the world.

Some people feel uncontrollable attraction to foreigners, who are seen as more glamorous, and attractive than someone from our own country. This feeling is stronger at the beginning of a relationship, when trying to understand the other person and finding out the unknown aspects in her or his life make everything exciting for both parts. Nevertheless, this passion may not last forever and turn into a problem that leads to an end of the couple.

As regards cultural differences in couples, I personally believe that although they both love each other, their particular customs and traditions can be a drawback that may put the relationship in danger. For instance, a specific way of behaving, thinking or doing things in one country could be not accepted in the other and that provoke a clash of cultures. 

Another point in con is that although both can speak same language, if they don’t have a good command of it, many misunderstandings may arise.

To sum up, we live in a global world where borders are crossed everyday and where migration and work reasons are the driving force of a change in our old-fashioned nuclear family concept. In my opinion, leaving aside cultural barriers, many intercultural couples can perfectly survive if they are respectful towards the other’s customs and traditions.


  1. I love your blog. I'm a teacher trainer in Valladolid and I'm using it as an example to other teachers. I hope you don't mind. congratulations for your work.

    1. Of course I don't mind, on the contrary, I'm very pleased if it is of some use for other teachers or anybody interested in ESL.
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