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hat with all of the fantastic American men around, what made me choose to tie the knot with a foreigner? I should say that when my husband and I met we were not enamored with each other’s cultures!
How about this fun, tongue-in-cheek, stereotypical rundown of some of my favorites (ignoring, of course, all of the challenges that go into an international marriage – you can find those in my post 10 Reasons Why You Should NOT Marry a Foreigner)? I went to Ireland to hang out with the Irish, not some German guy!
As a friend once jokingly told me, “It’s better to have an Italian accent than a gringo accent.” Reply After living in Hong Kong for two years, I came home to Seattle…and promptly met, fell in love with, and married a man from Hong Kong. 8) My kids voluntarily eat tofu, dried whole fish and “juice” made from flowers! (Today, he said his teeth had “plague.” He meant plaque.) 6) His mother! Reply I am Scottish and living with a Catalan man near Barcelona. Dugan Romano’s book Intercultural Marriage even explores various types- I am a Nontraditional.
Whenever I have a baby, she moves in for a month and does all the cooking and cleaning. 5) Being able to have an argument in broad daylight and know that nobody else can understand us. When we argue we can decide it is a misunderstanding and stop! Yes, my family and friends find him totally charming and handsome – and he is. Because he’s so Dutch, he opted to teach our daughter Spanish over Dutch, because he thought it was more “practical”. He’s got that oh-so-useful red (EU) passport, and now so does our daughter! We’re both up always up for an adventure since our marriage is one to begin with. I can always say in job interviews I have hands-on experience with multi-cultural situations. Just about anywhere in Europe, he can manage to understand the answer when he asks for directions (which he always wants to do! However, I find that this is a “taboo topic” even at Global Leadership meetings at the university where I work.
(The cloth diapering decision was super easy for us, too!
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Corey, an American, and her German husband live in Seattle where they raise and homeschool their three children, ages 15, 14 and 12, in German and English.
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I finally have an excuse to indulge in that high quality chocolate (the kind that melts in your mouth like nothing else in the world) that he can’t live without! Especially after our children arrived, things got really challenging (and it wasn’t the decision of whether to use cloth or disposable – that decision was the easiest: ! Corey Heller is the founder of Multilingual Living and the Editor-In-Chief/Publisher of Multilingual Living Magazine.