They will have a much stronger voice in who she dates and marries now, and how she raises her children later compared to an American woman.

Before you can marry a Latin woman, you have to realize that you’re also marrying her entire family, and they cannot be avoided as they might with American women.

As far as anecdotal evidence goes, I've got roughly 20 male and female cousins that are in my age range and I can use to gauge for dating practices.

All of my female cousins (10 of them) have married/and or exclusively date other Latinos, and the one who would say she had crushes on Black men never actually dated any.

Don't call her 'spicy' or 'feisty.' Unless she uses those words to describe herself, in which case she may not mind if you do either. An ex-boyfriend once asked me if he could call me his "little tamale." I know I like to eat, but (a) no, and (b) WRONG COUNTRY DUDE. The sooner she gets you cleared by mami, papi, and the rest of the crew, the sooner she'll know whether she wants to keep you around or not. If you ask her to be a 1 at a wedding or big family affair too early on, she'll think you're getting serious, so if you're not, don't do this. A date's not the time to bust out the few phrases you remember from Spanish 101. But that said, if her family asks if you want to speak in Spanish while you're together, go for it. And if she's important to you, making a little effort goes a long way: It IS OK to ask questions or share a general interest in her culture or background; it's NOT OK to fetishize her or ask her "why Latinas always do [insert thing]?

If she has relatives, for example, who speak very little English who want to speak to you in Spanish, and you know some, it's OK to try and bridge that gap. As in, if something happens to you that you don't want anyone to know about, keep that shit locked down deep inside, because if you tell her, everyone else will know by the end of the day too. But on the bright side: There's special occasions, so don't bank on it! " or attribute her behavior to just "being Latina." Follow Alanna on Twitter.

Fun fact: A traditional dish in Guatemala is tostadas.

They are fried tortillas with refried beans, veggies and shredded cheese on top.When dating a Latina, I promise you will find five of the following traits in the women you come across.Whether she's from the Caribbean, Central America or South America, Latinas have a lot more in common than you may think.Many Latin women (and men as well) live with their parents until they get married and continue to spend a lot of time with their immediate family after moving out of the house.They count aunts and uncles and cousins as close relatives and many households include a mixture of relatives from both sides of the family.Whenever I meet someone new, I get asked the same questions about being Latina. ”“I've heard that Latinos eat beans and rice with everything. ”OK, not all foods in Latin countries are the same.