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Overcoming Obstacles of Marrying Someone with a Different Mother Tongue

May 12, 2017

in expat advice, language, marriage

Communication in marriage is hard enough when you come from similar backgrounds. But what if both of you have different native languages? That’s a whole other ballgame. While you may share one common language—either another language separate from your two native languages, or the shared language is one of the native languages—there will be some […]

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Why I’m Keeping My Maiden Name

September 14, 2012

in life changes, love, marriage, wedding

Our mothers and grandmothers likely never heard the question, “Are you taking his last name?” It was not just assumed, but expected, that when she married, a woman would take her husband’s last name. It quite shocked me how often people have asked me this question since I got engaged. It’s almost as common as […]