To help you take your first steps into this world, we’ll look here at a selection of the endless ways that Colombians talk about attraction, dating, getting together and falling apart.
Standard Spanish has a load of different ways to say somebody (or something) is beautiful or attractive.
But most of these are far too serious-sounding to be used when chatting among your friends.
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Keep alert for eyelash batting and an ear out for high pitched giggling.
In the world of Colombian dating, bad Spanish does not serve as much of an aphrodisiac.
Winning someone’s affections requires you to be charming, funny, complimentary and smooth – none of which is possible if you’re stuttering away in heavily-accented Spanglish.
For that reason you won’t read anything in this story that stereotypes the women here, nothing that says they’re all bossy or jealous, even though they are traits you might find in some of them.
I’m not even going to use percentages because I’ve never taken a poll so how would I know?
I’m simply going to tell you some of my experiences in nearly three years living here, as well as information I’ve gathered from friends, both Colombian and foreign, men and women, and then you can decide what you want to do with it. I’m not saying it can’t happen, I’m just saying it’s less likely. Now that I think about it, it’s not all that different here. Other people have had success with online dating sites.