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‘I rove you, but sometimes I ate you' – Bridging the Language Barrier for Love

2013 February, 12

Across Europe, on average, one in 12 married persons wasin bi-lingual marriages, between 2008-2010. (Eurostat, 2012) The number of multi-culturalmarriages is growing almost everywhere. In 25 of 30 countries surveyed, the number of bilingual couplesfrom 2008-2010 exceeded those between 2005-2007. Love is "going global". We asked Wendy Williams, author of the book "The Globalisation of Love" about the role languages play in this new societal trend:

  1. Sweet Accent: It can be heartwarming to hear your beloved from abroad speak your language with a charming accent. However it can lead to surprises too. Wendy: "It does happen that couples are surprised to learn about different aspects of their partner's personality only when they learn the language of the partner or improve their common love language."
  2. Way of saying things: Wendy explains: "‘Honey bunny'might sound sweet in English, but often a direct translation sounds silly or even rude." Colloquial expressions and terms of endearment will only be understood when you have basic skills in the language.
  3. Family connection: Language will help to build strong bonds with your partner's family and understand his cultural background. "The relationship with your mother-in-law is often difficult enough when you share a common mother tongue, never mind when you have a language barrier on top of it!",says Wendy.
  4. Bilingual kids: Speaking the language of your significant other will also help when raising your kids. Wendy explains: "My husband is Austrian and we raise our daughter bilingually. When she speaks English with me, she might use German words or phrases that she learns in kindergarten. Because I am fluent in German, I understand what she wants to tell me and I can proactively correct her."

It is about the method 
Wendy Williams says: "It is the biggest challenge to learn the language of your partner when living in your own home country. It simply is not enough to only speak a new language with your partner." Language learning can be fun and will be crowned with success when using the right language learning method. With Rosetta Stone, you learn by simply connecting words, images and sounds in realistic scenarios, and as a result you naturally discover what each word means without the need for translation. This approach is called dynamic immersion and you can experience it right on your computer, tablet or
smart phone. Complete with state-of-the-art speech-recognition technology, the interactive language learning solution gets you speaking from the very first lesson.

‘I rove you, but sometimes I ate you'
Wendy Williams: "I met an American-French/Vietnamese couple notlong ago. They had been squabbling about some mundane household issues, and in frustration, the French/Vietnamese woman tearfully said, ‘I rove you, but sometimes I ate you too'. In this one sentence, her American partner suddenly understood the challenges she faced living abroad and what a struggle it was not to speak her native language. He was so moved by her emotion and charming accent that he fell on his knees and asked her to marry him." A new language doesn't only open horizons – you get to know people and cultures from all over the world – a new language also can bring surprises to your love life.

Want to get into the global love spirit yourself? Tune into the Rosetta Stone #LoveLanguage playlist, carefully chosen by our Language Coaches who are native speakers from all over the world. Want to send your friends an international Valentine's card in the language you love instead? Go here: http://on.fb.me/YRPaKG Happy Valentine's Day!

About Rosetta Stone:
Rosetta Stone provides cutting-edge interactive technology that is changing the way the world learns languages. The company's proprietary learning techniques—acclaimed for their power to unlock the natural language-learning ability in everyone—are used by schools, businesses, government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. Rosetta Stone offers courses in over 20 languages, from the most commonly spoken (like English, Spanish and Mandarin) to the less prominent (including Swahili, Swedish and Tagalog). The company was founded in 1992 on the core beliefs that learning to speak a language should be a natural and instinctive
process, and that interactive technology can activate the language immersion method powerfully for learners of any age. Rosetta Stone
is based in Arlington, VA., and has offices in Harrisonburg, VA, Boulder, CO, Tokyo, Seoul, London, and Sao Paulo.
 www.RosettaStone.co.uk; www.Facebook.com/RosettaStoneEurope; www.Twitter.com/RosettaStoneUK

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