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.
Sure, in the beginning your SO’s parents might try to speak English to you, but the more comfortable they get with your presence the more likely they are to simply fall back into speaking the tongue they’re more familiar with.Is this the first time you’ve dated someone who comes from a different culture to your own?If you’re interested in Asian dating then learning all about your date’s beliefs and background beforehand is a great way to start.Once we started dating, though, things changed fast. First off, while his English is quite good (his first language is Arabic), I’m an English Major- so some of the words we said to each other were taken with a different meaning, leading to some major communication issues.If I said we “do nothing at home”, he was offended, thinking that I meant we don’t do fun things, when all I meant was the expression of simply just hanging out at home.