He asked me questions about everything – particularly finances.

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I was fortunate that I had these people to back me up.

I’m not sure how somebody else with no ties to an Arabic-speaking community could get around this.

We actually made our own hybrid word where we took the ending off the English pet name Being in a relationship with someone who speaks another language teaches you a lot of their romantic terms and expressions.

I used to have this romanticized notion that materialism was something that only Western and East Asian societies suffered from, and that eventually I’d marry someone from a poorer part of the world where it’s not an issue. Given the fact that most people in the Middle East are quite religious and a huge emphasis is kept on one’s spirituality as more important than anything else, there’s still a heck of a lot of status given to people with wealth.

Even though my bride-to-be’s family knew I had very little at the time, to many of her extended family I was regarded as someone of a much higher status for the simple fact that I was from a Western nation.

In reality of course I wasn’t any different from anyone else.

When you meet her father to request permission to see her right at the start, he’ll want to be confident that you can provide all this from the get-go.

This is not only for I didn’t have an apartment or a stable job at the time but this was only after I explained my short to mid-term plans in extreme detail.

At the end of the very long discussion the girl’s father concluded by simply saying for marriage until they’re well into their mid-thirties.

The reason for this is that it’s expected that you’ll already have a stable, secure job and an apartment to offer the girl you want to marry.

Egyptian Marriage " data-medium-file="https://i0com/ Hearing about the cultural differences and challenges they face has really made me reflect a lot on what I learned from through my second language, Arabic.