Among language learners, it is a well-known fact that getting yourself a boyfriend/girlfriend or a variation of, will speed up your language learning ten-fold. When I told my friends back home or (especially) on exchanges elsewhere, that I had a Mexican boyfriend, their response was tinged with both admiration and envy. It usually went along the lines of, ‘Your Spanish must be getting good then!’
Looking out the plane window as it descended towards the city that would be my home for the next four months, my heart raced. I was nervous. Would I make some French friends and finally get fluent with that all-important immersion? Or would Erasmus be but a multicultural romp, spent drinking watered down cocktails and shouting over bad music in the language that (nearly) everybody already speaks – English?