If you want to (or are) dating a Latina woman, there are a few things you should probably know. Actually, there are a couple of things you absolutely need to know!
From the perks of dating a Latina to tips on how to date a Latina, here are the top things you should know before you ask out that Latina girlfriend you have a major crush on.
6 Things to Know Before Dating Latina Girl
Not All Latinas Speak Spanish
Dating Latinas does not necessarily mean that you will have to speak some or fluent Spanish because not all Latinas even speak Spanish to begin with.
In fact, the percentage of Latinos in general who do not speak Spanish is higher today than it has ever been before. This is because the number of Latinos who are born and raised in the United States with very minimal exposure to the Spanish language is going up.
Now, if your online love interest does speak Spanish, worry not. It does not mean that you will need to as well. If your own Spanish is rather poor and her English is fluent, then naturally, you can use English in your conversations.
And if you happen to date a Latina woman who does not speak Spanish, like Brazilian women, do not diss her for not knowing it either. She just may not have been born and raised in the language, just like you weren’t. Language doesn’t always have to be tied to customs or traditions.
Latinas Run on LST Time
What is LST Time?
LST stands for Latino Standard Time. In a nutshell, running on LST time means being flexible and understanding that plans are always subject to change. This is something you will find out very quickly when you meet women from South America.
If any Latin-specific events are thrown, it’s not at all uncommon for people who are invited to show up one or two hours late. And no one will care if you show up that late or even later either.
So if you make dinner reservations, you might want to tell your Latina girlfriend to meet you an hour or so earlier. She’ll be used to being flexible time-wise and for you to be too.
You’ll Meet Her Family Early
When dating a Latina woman, you will likely meet her family earlier than you expected. Latinos, in general, are very committed to their families and place a big emphasis on family life.
A major factor in regards to whether this beautiful Latina girl will want to stick with you over the long term is whether or not you get cleared by her family. She’ll want to introduce you to her parents, siblings, grandparents, cousins, and any other family members she’s close with to find out what they think.
Not All Latinas Are Extroverted
There’s a common misconception that hot Latina women are more extroverted, social, and talkative than women from other countries. This isn’t always true.
It’s not at all uncommon for a Latina to be more mild-mannered, quiet, reserved, introverted, soft-spoken, and shy. People are naturally complex, and Latina girls are no exceptions.
Regardless of whether they are more introverted or extroverted, many Latinas are very passionate and strong-willed women who will speak up for themselves and their friends and family.
So if you do date a Latina girl who is quieter and reserved, don’t be surprised if she suddenly whips out a more ‘fiery’ personality if your or someone else says or does something she doesn’t agree with at all. This is a natural tendency. That’s precisely what happened when I was dating a Colombian woman!
Not All Latinas Are Good Cooks
Some men think one of the perks of dating Latinas is that they’re really good at cooking. Well, this isn’t always the case.
For the same reason that not all Italian or French women are good cooks (despite what many people think).
Not all Latina girls have an interest in cooking, and not all grew up needing or wanting to learn how to cook either. And even if your Latina gf does know how to cook, that doesn’t mean you should be expecting big and elaborate meals each day.
If she does cook any meals for you, definitely show her your appreciation. Just don’t expect her to cook for you each day (or even at all).
They Love Surprises
Latina women, especially Ecuadorian women, like to be surprised, and in a good way. Surprising her unexpectedly with something that makes her happy or smile will be one of the best things you can do to spice up the relationship.
For a few examples, she’ll highly appreciate you if you do little nice things like:
- Clean the house or apartment
- Fix anything of hers that is broken, such as a broken-down car or home appliance
- Clean or refuel her car
- Take her out on a surprise dinner (and to a restaurant that she likes)
- Send her an “I love you” text message during the middle of the day
- Take her out on a surprise activity she likes (hiking, swimming, touring an art gallery, etc.)
These kinds of small but pleasant surprises are things she’ll love to receive. For her, they can turn a bad day into a good day. On top of that, it will clearly display to her that you are a responsible adult who cares about her.
If you surprise your Latin girlfriend with anything that makes her either feel loved or helps her out with any annoying daily tasks, your stock will probably go up in her book. How can that hurt?
4 Don’ts When Dating a Latina
Latina women are very passionate, and while this may be a positive trait, it could also very quickly turn into a nightmarish one.
Because of simple rookie mistakes.
Here are four things NOT to do when dating a Latina girl.
Don’t call her “feisty,” “spicy,” or “caliente”
Latina girls have, for a very long time, been forcefully labeled feisty and its numerous other synonyms. Trust me, they are tired of hearing it, and labeling your love interest with one of the above will only infuriate her.
Truth be told, Latina women can be a little more passionate and high-spirited than you might be used to. That said, they do not like the negative connotations that come with the associated labels!
Don’t try to get her to speak Spanish in bed
If there is something a Latina woman cannot stand, it is being fetishized. And nothing supports this more than asking her to speak a little sexy Spanish in bed. It makes her feel reduced to nothing but a sex symbol trope, and it is very off-putting for most women.
The good news is that they are very sensual, and when they are in the mood, they will drown you in their sexy Spanish drawl like you cannot even imagine!
Don’t tell her she’s too loud
These women have grown up very empowered, so the last thing you want to do is take away their voice in any way. If you think she is being loud, find other ways to quiet her down, but do not tell her she is loud. It will blow up in your face, and you will end up with an even louder and angrier person to deal with.
Don’t judge her based on ridiculous stereotypes
No, not all Latina women are sensual or loud or feisty or whatever else you have heard about them. While a lot of these traits are the norm and will appear in a lot of women you interact with, you need to remember that every one of them is a unique individual. So, treat your partner like that and get to know her for who she is and not what you expect.
If there’s anything that you take away from this article, it’s that if you previously thought dating a Latina be like dating Jennifer Lopez or Penelope Cruz, it might not be exactly as you imagined.
But that being said, asking out and dating Latina singles on AmoLatina can still be a very fun and rewarding experience. And who knows; maybe you’ll get a Latina to fall in love with you and end up marrying her!