has been here longer than you’ve been alive and she lives in NYC, Chicago, Houston, Miami or LA, she’s never learning English. You don’t have to recite a Pablo Neruda poem; just something like: “Yes, we are intense and dramatic and loud. Just act like you know what you’re doing on the dance floor, loosen up those hips and take the lead as you spin us around at the club.
And if you really want to earn cool points, learn about the musicians that matter to us.
For instance Latinos will typically take family very seriously and will be very loyal to their mothers and fathers.
For most of us this is a very admirable trait, but in some cases parents can get in the way of a relationship (though this is true of any culture).
When Sally, a Brit, arrived in Madrid five years ago she had the rather unrealistic expectation that Javier Bardem lookalikes would be queuing up to sweep her off her feet. Now in her early 30s and a seasoned veteran of the dating scene she tells the Local how to avoid the pitfalls of a Spanish mummy´s boy and the perils of communicating through the language barrier.
Here are Sally´s top ten tips for navigating the perilous path to true love in Spain.
It's a day to celebrate love and that special person you're sharing your life with.
Or that special person your friends set you up on a blind date with.
Eating the leftovers with a hangover and feigning enthusiasm for Christmas when your relatives call.
Like, trying to pick one of us up with: "Mami, ven aquí/I want to be your papi chulo, can't you see? Check it out and let us know if we missed anything, and if you think we hit the mark with our tips! In fact, it is bound to get worse with age—which is probably ok, since your hearing won’t be so great by then. or shaking your bon bon like it’s 1999 (cause frankly, that’s not very manly).
When recently did a piece on How to Date an Indian (Advice for the Non-Indian), we decided to put our own list together.
Start with the easy, one-word names like Celia, Juanes or Shakira, pre-Don’t rush us.
Here’s a very simple-yet-fundamental truth about dating a Latina: It’s important for us to look good, even if we’re going to the supermarket (as Eva Mendes once said: “Sweatpants are the number one reason for divorce”).