British woman who fell in love at first sight with an Italian man reveals how they used GOOGLE TRANSLATE to communicate – and they’re still together two years on from their ‘holiday fling’
- Chloe Smith, 23, and Daniele Marisco, 25, met in Ibiza and were inseparable
- They couldn’t speak a word but quickly found a way to understand each other
- Pair went on their first holiday after one week and now live together in London
- They say they it was love at first sight and they’re ‘soul mates’
A couple have praised Google’s online translator tool for their blossoming romance after they fell in love despite not speaking the same language.
Chloe Smith, 23, from Wolverhampton, West Midlands, and her now-boyfriend, Daniele Marisco, 25, from Naples in Italy, first met at a nightclub in Ibiza two years ago.
Not only could they barely hear one another above the techno music but they 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 ‘Google Translate’ and watching videos with subtitles.
Now living together in Streatham in South London – where Chloe is a makeup artist and Daniele is a bartender in an Italian restaurant – they have each learned to speak both Italian and English to ensure their relationship lasts.
The couple improved their language proficiency simply by speaking to each other, and didn’t need to take any lessons.
Chloe Smith, 23, from Wolverhampton and Daniele Marisco, 25, from Naples met in an Ibiza nightclub (pictured on the island in one of their first ever photos together) two years ago. Not being able to speak a word to each other, they used Google Translate to communicate and now live together in London
Shown in another photo taken in Ibiza days after they met, the pair were instantly ‘inseparable’ and say they immediately ‘clicked’, despite not speaking each other’s language
‘There was something exciting about Daniele – the fact we couldn’t understand each other wasn’t a problem. We just clicked,’ says Chloe.
‘I made the first move and asked him for his number because I just found him so attractive.
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‘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.
The couple traveled around Europe shortly after meeting including Capri in Italy (pictured). They say within six months they had ‘probably been on more city breaks than some couples have in years’
How does Google Translate work?
Google Translate is a free multilingual machine translation service developed by Google, to translate text.
Rather than translating languages directly, it first translates text to English and then to the target language.
During a translation, it looks for patterns in millions of documents to help decide on the best translation.
However its accuracy has been criticized and ridiculed on several occasions.
‘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 Daniele 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.
Chloe has even spent time living with Daniele’s family in his native Naples (pictured above at a meal with his family)
Amsterdam (above) was another of their first city breaks together – Chloe says she loves Daniele’s spontaneity and that they have proved friends that thought it was just a ‘holiday fling’ wrong
Daniele added: ‘Chloe talked and laughed a lot, but I didn’t understand. The only thing I understood was that 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.’
The pair share a love for travelling and techno music and visited the Sonar Festival in Barcelona (above)
Now living together in Streatham where Chloe is a make-up artist and Daniele a bartender, they are now able to speak each other’s language without the help of an online tool
Pictured showing Daniele Big Ben for the first time, Chloe says she was the one to make the first move in the nightclub where they met
Pictured together in his native Naples, Daniele says he has also taught Chloe how to cook Italian cuisine
The pair took their first holiday together in Barcelona just one week after meeting – shortly after came Tenerife (above) and Madrid
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