A few days ago, as an American friend of mine was telling me all about her new boyfriend and how he had asked her out with flowers, I realized how different courtship and dating is for teens in France and the US. Americans go on formal dates; we keep things secret. The word “date” has no equivalent in French, and it’s simply because we don’t go on them.Americans only say “I love you” after months of dating. You might wonder how people get to know each other then.Well, we usually go out in groups and meet within this social group. If you are already friends with the guy, you just spend more time together, get a coffee after school or share a meal at your apartment, and flirt a little bit.
What makes studying abroad fun and interesting is the opportunity to observe and learn about the culture and traditions of people on your campus and in your community.
It can also be helpful to know how other people will expect you to behave, and will behave toward you while you’re away from home.
Her expectations may be because she is successful and attractive, but it got me thinking, “What can guys learn about dating customs from other cultures? S.’s influence on other cultures, dating customs in other cultures tends to be more traditional. Perhaps it’s because there are refined dating customs we could learn from.
Here are 8 dating customs in other cultures we should follow: 1.
One of my buddies thought he went on a date with a Russian girl, but in her mind, it wasn’t a date.
According to her, in Russia it’s not a real date unless the guy picks a girl up, pays for dinner, and gets her home at a time that is comfortable for her.If your expat game plan includes finding love then you’ll need to wrap your brain around romancing the American way. S.-style dating looks a lot like it does elsewhere: find someone you don’t hate on sight and who you strongly suspect isn’t a serial killer, then arrange to meet for some kind of shared food or beverage experience. It’s like a job or house hunt, which means investigating more than one prospect at a time. Here, people tend to take a business-like approach to finding a mate.And when we do ask our love interest if he wants to have a relationship, it’s because we already kissed or at least gotten really close. There’s no such thing as DTR (Defining The Relationship) because exclusivity is implied.Once two people kiss while sober (French teenagers drink a lot, as it’s legal), they can already consider the other one as their boyfriend/girlfriend, and assume the relationship is going to be exclusive — there’s no need to define it.In Australia and Europe, relationships often come out of groups of friends, which I’d assume equals #instantapproval. One of my buddies took a girl he was dating for only two weeks on a family vacation, and we’ve laughed about it ever since. But why do we generally wait so long to bring her home? The underlying reason we bring her home to meet the parents is to get their approval for possible marriage. Not only do immediate family members stay close, but distant relatives do as well.