Being an American, she has unique experience of successful dating and communicating with a German.
My grandmother was never allowed that kind of liberty.
She married a man she had seen only a couple of times and who asked for her hand when she was barely fifteen.
And overall, I found them swaggering, careerist, and utterly terrified of commitment.
This undoubtedly says more about the type of men I go for than it does about North American blokes as a whole.
The most that any such “advice” can normally do is perhaps to spare an occasional bruised feeling that might result from a minor misunderstanding.
And where German and American cultures are concerned, the potential for culturally-based misunderstandings is relatively negligible, so if two people aren’t open-minded enough to try to work through such insignificant differences, the relationship doesn’t stand a snowflake’s chance in hell of surviving anyway.” However for most people whose sweetheart is German, a foreigner, there are plenty of cultural nuances and minor difficulties resulting sometimes in an alienation. Let’s listen again to Lynne, the expert in human relations in general and in relations with a German man in particular.
It is true that she loved my grandfather, as do many people who enter arranged marriages or marriages with people they hardly know, but I am nonetheless relieved that I get to judge for myself, and that I can either like or dislike the men I meet.
Dates, even bad dates, are a sign of social progress.
Flirting is Brazil's national sport, and diffidence is a total turn off, right from your teenage years.
Whereas Russians are fairly old fashioned, men deploy “Noozhy” a form of woo-ing which translates as hand kissing, handbag carrying, and flower giving.
Apparently UK men are more likely to stick to traditional gender roles and contact a female first, whereas in the US anything goes.