Do you simply go to the country, you meet the man, and there you go? Everything in our lives is influenced by our cultures. Especially dating…Ignoring the dating rules of the country you’re in will cause trouble and failures in your dating attempts (yes, I’m sadly talking from experience here, Jennifer, if you read this : “sorry, I misunderstood a few things back in 1998”).
I say “the country you’re in” and not “the nationality of the person you’re dating” because I believe that, at least in the beginning, you cannot assume that a local will know the dating rules in your country; on the other hand, if you are the displaced one, you may already know all too well about this little thing called “cultural differences”.
Here I’m assuming that one of the two persons involved is a local.
Man: You know in the States, you don’t go to watch a film... You can also subscribe to many podcasts on your phone or computer, if your wish.
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As a born and raised American, I'm cursed with a slew of American hang-ups.
I came here two years ago under similar circumstances thanks to the same person, and found that (although I have always allowed him back in my life like the idiot that I am) spending time away in a foreign city alone was the best thing I could possibly do.
I'm living in Paris, where the men are a bit more upfront about what they want. 90% of Americans outside of New York City [yes, go ahead and bash me, plebes, for having standards].) One of the best parts about being in France is the way men approach me.
I thought for the sake of my heart and sanity, I'd do an apartment swap with a woman here for a month and let the healing from my recent breakup begin. But as someone who has dated/bedded mostly Europeans since I moved to New York City, I'm fortunate enough to have been unraveled from my sheltered, Catholic upbringing and been given a spank — both literally and metamorphically. I'm not into guys who like sports and wear white socks (ie.
Most people also know that a lot of words mean different things: a boot is the trunk of your car, a jumper is a sweater, and thongs are flip-flops. There are also a couple of verbs that are irregular in American English that are regular in British English, including dive, fit, and wet. Second, in American English, people include punctuation inside quotation marks, while in British English the punctuation goes outside of the quotation marks (unless it’s part of the quote.) For instance: BE: ‘She went to the park’, said John. BE: John said, ‘She went to the park.’ (this is part of the quote so it stays inside the quotation marks) AE: John said, “She went to the park.” Then, of course, there are the multitude of words that are used differently in each dialect, along with a few different phrases.
But there are some subtle differences between the two dialects that you might not have noticed at first glance. One I found particularly interesting while polling a few of my friends was the phrase for asking if someone would like you to take them in your car to a different location: British/Australian English: Would you like a lift?
So if I want to order our chips in America, what do I ask for?