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The Wedding Season: Love and Language

Summer in the UK means a couple of things: Pimms, cricket, rain and lots of weddings. Time to find a new suit, dress or maybe all these weddings are putting you in the romantic mindset! If you, like many of our evening course language learners, have a partner whose first language you do not share, you may want to consider the benefits of learning their native language. We have taken a look at the relationship between love and language and the reasons why people learn a new language for the one they love.

The Pros and Cons of Learning your Partner’s Language

1. The Family

Not knowing your partner’s first language may mean that you are unable to communicate with their parents and family. This can be either a pro or a con depending on whether you like the family or not, but it’s always best to make an attempt with the in-laws. Gestures and sign language can always be resorted to in an emergency, however, it is preferable that you are able to at the very minimum exchange pleasantries with the family members of your better half.

2. Secrets

When you cannot speak the mother tongue of your partner you are often left wondering what exactly your partner is saying when they are speaking to friends and family in the other language. Even if you implicitly trust your partner it is natural to wonder – what is he/she saying? Is he/she saying nice things about me? Conversely, if you’re partner does not speak your first language it’s much easier to keep that surprise birthday party a surprise.

3. Culture

Learning a language also involves learning about the culture of the language – and the culture of your partner. Learning about your partner in this way will be appreciated by your partner and not only that, you are likely to come to a greater understanding of your partner and where they come from.

4. Feelings

People often feel the urge to use their mother tongue when it comes to emotional or sensitive situations. At this point communication can break down when two people do not share the same first language. By learning your partner’s first language you will have a higher level of intimacy and empathy with your partner.

5. Options

When you speak the language of your partner your options of where you can live and work together greatly increase. This will give you both flexibility with regards to your careers, travel, visas and starting a family. Generally speaking, the more options you have as a couple to be happy together the better!

Love & Language with Cactus

Whether you are learning a new language to help improve communication with your partner, their family or simply to impress them, there are many reasons why people learn for love. Cactus offer a wide range of courses to help improve your language skills. From conversation courses to boost your listening and speaking skills through to 10-week courses online and in-person.

Cactus offer courses in over 20 different languages available in a range of levels to suit your ability level. Our beginner courses are designed for those completely new to the language you choose, so you don’t have to have any language skills before you start. Not only can you study in one of our language centres, but you can also study at home! With weekly lessons, you can soon build up your skills to be able to converse in one of these countries.

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