Here is my essay. Tell me if something is wrong. (I posted it on another topic but it was someone else’s so I created a new one)
Thanks to the evolution of sciences and technologies, we are nowadays able to travel easily. Therefore, there are more foreigners in each country than there were one century ago and lots of “just married” couples are from different nationalities. Although it can be difficult to understand each other’s culture at first, mixed marriages seem to be, to me, a cultural wealth for a family.
Getting married with someone from a different country can be at first a difficult experience : one has to leave his/her country and family, to fly to another country, s/he has to learn a different language and get used to a completely new culture whereas the other one has to introduce his foreign partner to the rest of the family. And sometimes, the family seems to be a bit reluctant to welcome this foreign new member because they can’t communicate or because they know stereotypes about his/her country.
But, this period of adaptation is also a big chance to share cultures and discover new things, because the world is not limited to one’s home country. A Chinese woman, moving to France to marry a French man might enjoy discovering French cooking or a German man, moving to Argentina, might be pleased to learn the Spanish language. Therefore, mixed marriages are an opportunity to open one’s mind, put apart stereotypes and just discover other customs. If the couple has children, they will be “richer” – culturally speaking – than other children because they will speak two languages or celebrate different holidays and they will feel concern about the two countries. For example, as a French and Moroccan girl, I care about both countries and I am proud to say that I am a "cross-cultural girl”, even if, sometimes, depending on the context, it would be better to hide one of the origin (for example : when there are riots in one of the country about another country, or during wars).
After an adaptation, that might be difficult in the beginning, marriages between persons from different nationalities are a beautiful thing and are the sign that mankind is growing better : few decades ago, it was not possible for German people to marry Jews or for White people to marry Black people in the United States.
TOEFL listening lectures: A university lecture on Modern World History