MR’s resident French girl, Laura, has covered all sorts of topics from our end: the right way to order wine, the myth (or truth) that French people hate ice, brunch, Tinder and the universal problem of getting kale stuck in your teeth.
This time, however, with the topic being a bit more…complicated…she enlisted the help of two companions: an American man who is gay and single, and a French woman who is in a relationship with an American man.
After never finding it appealing back home, I was convinced by a friend that it would be a good way to make make friends here, as au-pairs are predominantly female.
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One day you’ll find your better half.” It’s true, you shouldn’t worry, but you should also stop waiting for the future to arrive. I was just having brunch with French and Americans and this subject came up.
I can’t really find a way to explain how we “DTR” in France, because we don’t. Is there as much pressure in France to be in a relationship? Is that the reason why people can’t find a boyfriend? I truly believe in timing, and I think that “fast loving” (inspired from fast food and fast fashion) created new guidelines in NYC. Nonchalance in every subject is the national sport. It’s not until they talk to an American friend and realize, “Ho! ” American women would never think they just went for a “casual dinner with a friend” — until they speak with a Frenchie: “Ahhh…I thought I was on a date.” Last question: French kissing. Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and God what belongs to God. Americans know how to speak English with no accent.
Everyone says that it’s easy to date in New York City but hard to actually find a relationship. Besides, can you really simplify men into two broad groups?
One man alone — French or not — is already complicated enough.
No, wait, all his photos are selfies and he has this one on here twice. However, if they decide they want to meet you in person, they’ll make a move. On a few of my dates, I had trouble reading the mind of the man sitting across from me.
I’ve met guys in bars as well and once was approached on the metro.
While many on the app will never initiate conversation or will chat for awhile until one of you decides you’re not interested, the ones who want to see you will ask you out.
My friends and I have met many French men through Tinder, and thus have learned a few things about the dating culture as a result: If a Frenchman wants you, you’ll know it.
Others were rather quiet and aloof and then would make their move with an unmistakable gesture—either going in for the kiss at the end of the night or asking for a second date right away.