‘I’m falling in love with my online language tutor’

Ask Roe: ‘My tutor has such similar life experiences, taste in music and pop culture as I do and we can while away an hour just chatting’

“I am aware that I am paying him for the class, but still I feel like it is genuine.” Photograph: Getty

“I am aware that I am paying him for the class, but still I feel like it is genuine.” Photograph: Getty

 Dear Roe,

I think I am falling in love with my online language tutor. I started taking online Spanish classes in January. It’s a one-on-one speaking lesson for an hour a week. My tutor has such similar life experiences, taste in music and pop culture as I do and we can while away an hour just chatting. I am aware that I am paying him for the class, but still I feel like it is genuine. However, he lives abroad, and I do get that it’s hard to really know someone online. Should I just stop taking the classes and try forget about him? The romantic in me wants to continue and see where it takes me, but I don’t want to get hurt seeing how weird a situation it is – it being all online, that I am paying for our conversations, that he lives so far away, and also Covid.

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