Frustrated with dating scene


14-Oct-2020 00:15

Good luck with your studies and remember, repetition is the key!

If you're as frustrated with the dating scene as most single people, you've probably considered dipping your toe in the scary ocean that is online dating.

So, since there is no dating protocol, French guys have to work hard for it…

They cannot just assume that if the girl accepts to go out with them three times, “c’est dans la poche” (it’s in the pocket, it’s a done deal).

You may also like “How To Ask Someone Out in French“.

Born and raised in Paris, I have been teaching today's French to adults for 23 years in the US and France.

Talking about sex is not taboo in France as it is in the US, and it is much more present in humor, art, tv and everyday life than in the US…

and so is nudity: children are often naked on the beach, women can go topless (although it’s less frequent now than when I was young)… I wrote an article about French Sex Vocabulary if you are curious – watch out, it is explicit and written for an adult audience.

And for more about “l’amour” (grammar, French love vocabulary, cultural tips) in France, check out my Saint Valentin article.

Many of my French friends – men and women alike – have waited to meet someone special for their first time, didn’t just want to get rid of their virginity, and have never had one night stand.

If sex between consenting adults is very much socially accepted, a lot of French people won’t rush into it, and get to know each other before jumping into bed.

It is so funny to see how some social behaviors are exactly the same between France and the US, and others are completely different. Well, this was a big shock to me when I arrived in the US. I understood of course a man and a woman could be interested in each other in a romantic way, let me reassure you.

One of the very obvious difference is the dating game. But I was not aware that accepting to go out to dinner with a man alone gave the signal that I was possibly romantically interested in him.Nor did I know about this first date, second date and third date business.