For Argentines, going out with an expat is a fine way to get that holiday feeling without leaving home, to inject a taste of the exotic into daily life and see Argentina through a foreigner’s eyes.

It can also help locals brush-up on their English – or other second language – and  if the Argentine  plays their cards right, it could lead to a trip abroad.

But it can’t all be easy sailing, problems arise when cultural differences lead to misunderstandings, and when couples begin to realize they are unfamiliar with far more than just their partner’s mother tongue.

Just as there are common pitfalls for expats dating Argentines, locals who court foriegners are faced with their own maddening challenges. Beware — sweeping generalizations to follow.

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Published @wander-argentina.org. March 2014.