Today I’ve decided to share a few lessons with you that I learned from the whole experience. Some guys in the West still have the decency to talk to the girl’s father before asking her to marry him. In Egypt (and I suspect all over the Arab world) this is something that needs to be done right at the start when you start dating.
It should give you some idea of what’s usually expected in Egyptian society if you ever meet the man or woman of your dreams. I went on two ‘dates’ (by that I mean hanging out in populated areas getting to know each other) with this girl at which time she told me that I needed to meet her father and request his permission to continue seeing her.
It was either this or we stop seeing each other altogether.
This carried the expectation that we intended to get married.
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This was one of my biggest concerns while I was planning to get married to this girl – neither she nor her family spoke a word of English and my family are monolingual English speakers with no interest in foreign cultures or travel.
My family criticized the hell out of me for my decision to marry this girl.
Even then he was hesitant and had to phone an Egyptian friend of mine in Australia (the woman who taught me Arabic who I also call my second mother) to verify that I was telling the truth. It can be taken as really rude if you say it to a girl who doesn’t have a playful nature or the right sense of humor.
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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.
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.