By Lucy Notarantonio
A couple have praised Google translate for their blossoming romance after the pair fell in love despite not speaking the same language.
Chloe Smith, 23 and her now-boyfriend, Daniele Marisco, 25 from Naples, Italy, first met at a nightclub in Ibiza – and not only could they barely hear one another above the techno music, they also couldn’t speak a word of the same language.
But after falling in love at first sight, the couple became instantly inseparable and soon realised they could communicate through using a Google translator and watching videos with subtitles.
Now, two years later, Chloe and Daniele, have each learned to speak both Italian and English in a bid to ensure their relationship lasts.
They are now living together in Streatham, London where Chloe is a makeup artist and Daniele is a bartender in an Italian restaurant.
The pair are now sharing their story to show others that relationships can work, even when there’s a language barrier.
Chloe, from Wolverhampton, West Mids, said: “There was something exciting about Daniele, the fact we couldn’t understand each other wasn’t a problem. We just clicked.
“I made the first move and asked him for his number because I just found him so attractive
“Despite never having a foreign boyfriend before, I knew I liked him, and I knew he would learn one day. Sometimes you must do these things for love.
“Some people thought I was crazy when I went to Barcelona with him after only knowing him for one week, but I just knew it would be the best decision I could ever make.
“From there we went to Tenerife and Madrid, within six months, we had probably been on more city breaks than some couples have in years, he is spontaneous and that’s what I love.
“I went to live with him and his family in Naples in 2016 and it was a dream come true, it is one of the most authentic and beautiful cities I have visited in Europe.
“The more time we spent together the less we used the Google translator, and now it is once in a blue moon when Danielle doesn’t know the name of something in English.
The couple’s friends didn’t believe the relationship would last and thought it was just a ‘holiday fling.’
But they insist they have proved all doubters wrong and now love to communicate in both their mother tongues.
Daniele added: “Chloe talked and laughed a lot, but I didn’t understand. The only thing I understood was she was special.
“We wanted to be together from the moment we met and that is why we worked, she helped me learn English and I have helped her learn how to cook Italian food.
“We have proved any doubters that we’re meant to be.
“From the very start I had a good feeling about Chloe, she is my soulmate.”