Then, while studying abroad in Ghana in 2012, I had a Ghanaian girlfriend. Thanks to these experiences, I’ve learned that there are a lot of benefits when you date someone in a language you're hoping to learn (I call this your “target language”). Luckily, I’ve learned from my mistakes and I am here to share my secrets.
When I first arrived in Vietnam in 2014, I went on a bunch of dates with Vietnamese girls hoping I could learn some Vietnamese from them. You’ll get to practice with your partner regularly and grow together.
With a boyfriend or girlfriend, you can practice conversations without the usual fear of making mistakes.
When I was a senior at high school, I had a Brazilian exchange student live with me for three months. On the first day at school, all the girls had a crush on him. I soon realized one word summed it all up: “ When I was in university, I dated a Brazilian girl for two weeks but I didn’t bother to learn any Portuguese. I also learned heaps from her about Ghanaian culture, food, dance, and more. I went on some dates where we spent most of time in silence. Here are my favourites: One of the best parts about dating someone in your target language is that you can learn the real life experiences and not from a boring textbook.
Perhaps his accent, possibly it was his style, or maybe it was the fact he kissed girls on the hand when he greeted them. She was great and extremely helpful for me to learn the local language, Twi. Being in a relationship with someone who speaks your target language has lots of benefits.
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