In France, it’s very common for a girl to go out to dinner with a male friend.
Even for a married woman to go out with a male friend who is single: I often travel to Paris by myself, Leyla and Olivier stay in Paimpol, and have dinner with one (or several) of our good male friend(s), single or not.
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.
And for more about “l’amour” (grammar, French love vocabulary, cultural tips) in France, check out my Saint Valentin article.
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Frenchmen like to flirt as well, even if they know very well there is no hope of it leading anywhere.
The game is the main point, it’s relatively innocent and usually no-one gets hurt, just a little blushed :-) With kissing hi and goodbye being the standard and French women being more “flirtatious”, it can be difficult for foreigners to correctly read a French woman’s body language.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).Maybe this is why French guys have the reputations of being so romantic, and… We trained them well (with some exceptions of course…In France, pretty much once you’ve exchanged a kiss, it’s expected of you to be exclusive: you don’t chase several rabbits at the same time…Maybe that’s why things take a bit more time to develop in France – we like the game, and we like to take our time playing it.Born and raised in Paris, I have been teaching today's French to adults for 20 years in the US and France.