In France, Germany and Belgium, it's common for the man to ask a woman out, but in Switzerland, the men can be a little reserved so women might want to give them a nudge.For French men, it's all about the chase, and playing ‘hard to get' is part of the game.Paris is not always like its stereotypical images...I don't want to ruin it for first-time visitors, but after 3 years living in Paris, my ex-pat eyes still catch things that surprise me...In Europe, getting to know someone romantically is fairly laid back.People don't tend to go on ‘dates' with complete strangers but instead often get to know someone who's already in their circle or the friend of a friend, and then it ‘just happens' and they decide to go out together alone. There aren't too many rigid rules, either: "In the Netherlands there are no set rules – you might do all or nothing on the first or tenth date," and, "the timescale between the first date and having sex in France could be anything from 20 years to 20 seconds," said European expats.But it’s interesting to me in contrast to the US, where men have been taught to avoid getting caught looking at women; here, if a woman looks nice, a man will naturally admire her. Despite the fact that many of the largest cosmetics brands are French – think Chanel, Dior, YSL, Clarins, L’Oréal, Lancôme – you rarely see heavily made-up French women.They have indeed cultivated a natural, not-trying-too-hard look (which undoubtedly includes a great skincare regime and foundation).
It’s impossible to miss them since most places are full of crêperies and they all serve galettes. This is a special type of sweet galette, similar to a cake.
If you like each other, you'll probably find a way to make it work, regardless of any cultural variations.
But knowing some of the cultural differences – who makes the first move, kissing on a first date, how soon to call after a date – may help you avoid awkward situations, or at least stop you from getting hurt or hurting someone else unintentionally.
I found it on a wall in Granada, Spain and can't make out the word after 'je ne'..
i think the ending is 'bien a la vie' but I'm stuck on that one word.
Political and linguistic unification, especially through mass education, has been an ongoing project of nationalism.