“Love knows no borders, has no nationalities, and doesn’t need a visa”.
As a cross-cultural matchmaker in Australia for more than 30 years, we have successfully matched thousands of Asian women to meet Australian men. Most of these couples are still having a happy life together! What are the secrets to maintain a long term happy relationship when your partner comes from a different cultural background? Here are some love notes from our happy couples.
Keep an open mind
“After being married for 14 years, I came to the conclusion that what really matters is that the person you live with has an open mind for your culture and background.” – Kelly and Peter
“Being open-minded and talking about possible misunderstandings is essential in a multi-cultural relationship.” – Akiko and Mark
Be patient and tolerant
“Being in a cross-cultural relationship takes a lot of patience and tolerance, and it can take a while until one gets used to the other. But as complicated as it might be, it is always interesting and sometimes rather funny when you get to find out and explore all the cultural differences.” -Lingling and Ben
Learn your partner’s language (Especially if you move to your partner’s country)
“Learn the language and never compare the two countries. For me, learning the language wasn’t just about something I had to do. The main push for me was for my own well-being. I needed a job and personally needed to no longer feel like an outsider looking in. Of course learning English wasn’t the easiest task I’ve ever accomplished. I made tons of mistakes and have said some pretty embarrassing things along the way. But that’s the price I and thousands of other foreigners have paid to integrate into the Australian culture.” –Ting and Michael
Cultural differences are harder to overcome than linguistic differences
“If those in the relationship love each other then they understand each other on a much deeper level, and the language becomes less important. But cultural differences are tougher to overcome. Cultural issues are the big ones.” –Grace and James
Keep communication simple
“As the age old saying goes, communication is the most important thing in any relationship. If these criteria are met you are in for a world of cross-cultural delights, learning all about the others wonderful and mysterious land, which I have found gives you a lot more to talk about than a regular couple.” –Alice and William
Our happy couples have a lot more stories to tell. Maybe you have some stories to share with us, no matter you are single or married. Don’t hesitate to contact our senior relationship consultant Kate at phone number 0417 558 888, we’re here to listen to you, support you and help you to have a love life you desire.