The romantic, the clingy, and the athlete. During our quest for love, we would undoubtedly come across a wide variety of people. When you add on a lot of complicated cultural stereotypes and dating rules, it becomes even more difficult to locate “the guy.” For the 34% of ex-pats who are still single, navigating the dating scene in a new country can be difficult. It’s impossible to know if any of the cultural myths are true, whether you’re dating online or flirting with people the old-fashioned way.
Is it true that French men just want one thing? Will you drink under the table by a Russian? Is it realistic for a Spanish guy to expect you to live with his parents? We’ve all read them, but whether they’re real or not, getting to meet someone with a different cultural context can be an eye-opening experience. Having said that, it can also be a lot of fun.
So, to assist you in navigating the dating pool in your new home country, we’re here to debunk some of the most popular cultural assumptions and clear the air once and for all. Still, before you continue reading, we strongly advise you to take this with a grain of salt. After all, cultural experiences and impressions differ greatly, but it would be wrong to portray the whole country with the same brush. These general pointers, on the other hand, might help you find ‘the one – or at the very least have some fun!
United Kingdom (UK)
Though it would be cruel to stereotype an entire country, the British are known for their unfailing politeness and reserved demeanour. When it comes to dating, this may be translated as a cold shoulder. However, public shows of love are not as frequent in the United Kingdom as they are in other European countries. Unlike other countries, where women are more likely to initiate contact, the UK follows a more conservative approach. As a result, the responsibility of asking someone out normally falls to the guy. He’ll be your knight in shining armour, too, because British charm and chivalry are so much a reality. This usually entails keeping the door open, paying the bill, and leaving a large tip.
In general, culture pervades all facets of life in the United Kingdom. As a result, many young people hope to find a mate, marry, purchase a house, and have children. However, the millennial generation was less influenced by these ideas. Tastes vary by country, and when it comes to date night, the British can be just as excited to go to the movies or the local bar as they are to binge-watch the new Netflix series on the sofa. Their dry, satirical sense of humour, on the other hand, can take some getting used to. Given the nation’s paranoia of upsetting someone – and we mean anyone – you will seldom be the punchline.
Greetings and meetings
When meeting a Brit for the first time, he or she can seem shy and cold, but this is just an experience. They are extremely welcoming and helpful to visitors. A handshake is the most common way to meet someone, but avoid making excessive eye contact because it can make people feel uncomfortable. Unless you are expressly invited to use first names, use last names and suitable titles. Shaking hands with everyone you know is proper, regardless of gender; the proper answer to an invitation is “pleased to meet you.”
Time and punctuality in British etiquette
When it comes to punctuality, the British are very conservative. People in the United Kingdom make a great attempt to be on schedule, but being late, even by a few minutes, is considered impolite. If you’re running late, make sure to let the person you’re meeting know. Here are some circumstances in which being on time is needed, as well as some situations in which it is recommended:
The British always use phrases like “drop in anytime” and “come to me soon.” Take these, though, with a grain of salt. To be on the safe side, call ahead before going to someone’s house. If you get a written invitation to an event with the word “RSVP” on it, you can answer as soon as possible, whether or not you want to attend.
Body language and dress code
Public displays of love are frowned upon in the United Kingdom. Hugging, hugging, and touching are usually reserved for families and close friends. You should also refrain from speaking excessively in public or using exaggerated hand signals while communicating. A certain amount of personal space is preferred by the British. Do not approach another person too closely or place your arm around their back. There are no limitations or constraints on how to look when it comes to clothing. When informal cases, just remember to follow the general rules. Observation would show that people in larger cities, especially London, dress more formally. Wools and tweeds are used by both men and women for informal occasions. Both men and women should wear slacks, sweaters, and coats. Carry a blazer to the nation or on the weekends, not to work. Often use an ensemble that matches the dress code for formal occasions. It is better to dress formally for a holiday dinner or cultural gatherings, such as a concert or theatre show.
When a woman enters a building, men should open doors for her and stand, but it is customary for both men and women to keep the door open for each other, depending on who enters first. It is important to honour the desire for privacy in the United Kingdom. Don’t ask personal questions about your family’s history and origins, your occupation, your marital status, your political views, or your financial situation. Never, ever, ever, ever. Attempting to sound British or imitating their voice is also impolite.