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And you’ll suffer moments when all you want to do is go back to being normal. Christina Comben is Content Manager at Day Translations.

Have a normal conversation with a normal person who understands why children should have a curfew. You’ll secretly love being the one in the family with the El Salvadorian boyfriend. Qualified to MBA level and motivated by challenge, change, and continued learning, Christina has lived and worked her way around the world, garnering in-depth knowledge of diverse office environments and varying industries, from media and entertainment to education, health, and information technology.

You probably find the accent sexy, their sense of style appealing and the whole situation wildly exotic.

It’s fun to try different foods, listen to new music and stumble across the dancefloor to a salsa beat. You might find it cute that he gets all insecure in front of your friends or speaks to his Mother every day. These are the little things that will drive you to the edge of insanity later on.

And you will have to do it all over again on Christmas Day.

Eating the leftovers with a hangover and feigning enthusiasm for Christmas when your relatives call.

When Sally, a Brit, arrived in Madrid five years ago she had the rather unrealistic expectation that Javier Bardem lookalikes would be queuing up to sweep her off her feet. Now in her early 30s and a seasoned veteran of the dating scene she tells the Local how to avoid the pitfalls of a Spanish mummy´s boy and the perils of communicating through the language barrier.

Here are Sally´s top ten tips for navigating the perilous path to true love in Spain.

3 - Get online A photo of woman online dating: Shutterstock That said, when it comes to internet dating, having the language barrier can be a big positive.