Dating, Relationships, and Sexual Boundaries

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"Oftentimes the meanings of the Spanish and Chilean words I came to know and use did not exactly align with their English equivalents- the issue of amar versus querer, for instance, or the difference between pinchando, saliendo and pololeando. I remember chatting with my host sister in her room one night when our conversation turned to the topic of guys, specifically one whom I had recently started dating. She said, 'If he tells you te quiero, that's cute, that's fine... If he says te amo, RUN.' We laughed, but it touched on aspects of cross-cultural communication and language that would remain salient over the remainder of my time in Santiago." - Leah Hastings ’16

Dating and Relationships

The following are some questions to consider in the context of your own observations and host culture:

Sexual Boundaries

Additional Resources

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