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.Whereas in France, if you kiss someone on the lips (or have sex) it means you're ‘in a relationship'. In the UK or US, there's much debate about how long to wait before calling after a first date. Too long and it can seem like they're not really interested.In Europe, once a man gets your number he will most likely call straight away, rather than wait a few days.If a woman shows too much interest too soon, she may scare a man away.As in France, a game of chase and refusal must take place before any form of ‘date' will materialise.
In France and Spain it's not unusual for a man to call/text/email a lot – it just means he's interested.If you're interested in someone, maintain eye contact – if you aren't, don't.If you say ‘no' to an invitation, he may well think you're playing hard to get and will probably persist.In Germany and Switzerland, however, punctuality is highly valued so if one of you rolls up late, your date will be off to a bad start.French and Spanish men may seem a little OTT, showering a woman with compliments. It doesn't mean he's (necessarily) a creep, as paying a compliment is a form of acknowledgement rather than flattery in those countries.