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Europe: a magical continent spanning from the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea, rich with various cultures, languages, and geography. Will we be seen as the loud Americans or the friendly Americans? Or, heaven forbid, the unfashionable Americans? Recently I wrote a piece about what it was like dating French men , asking various English-speaking women what the main differences were. This time around, I was intrigued by the opposite question: Is there anything in particular that makes American women standout to European men?

Of course, these are generalizations, based only on a handful of experiences, but what they said might make you blush, nonetheless. In nearly all of my conversations with the European men, humor and wit were brought up.

Sarcasm is different in the States, too: I enjoy American sarcasm very much.

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You can joke and laugh with them. The three men I interviewed from the UK had a different perspective on the generalities of female American humor, however. That said, it just might be impossible to compete with sharp, iconic, quirky British humor of our British sisters. The United States is often referred to as a melting pot, known as a place where people flock to from all over the world for a different life.

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Not so with American women. My wife is always making new friends and we have a large circle of international friends who live here and in other countries. They like to try new things, foods, and are interested to learn more about foreigners. One girlfriend surprised me with a weekend in Vermont on a whim, while another took me on an unplanned camping trip. Men from other European nations agree that American women are willing to step outside of their comfort zones.

Arnold was traveling on the trans-Siberian railroad from St. Petersburg to Beijing when he crossed paths with his now wife. We were put together on the same tour to explore the country. Perhaps even better:. Once upon a time when I was into detail I used to correct him. Bring them on, I say.

Fundamentally, the world is much rounder than we think and people are pretty much the same all over. I have read, seen, and heard about numerous real-life stories of all-American beauty queen types who are happily and successfully involved with, um, shall we say, the male specimens of the great patriotic Revolutionary Alliance.

This cult within the world of dating and romance, disregarding the current political climate, puts a premium on strictly French national origin to match the heritage of the woman being American. This is so much so that one could surmise that a pure French nobleman of today who takes preference for American women automatically qualifies to marry a female descendant of, for example, one of the signers of the Declaration Of Independence, and vice versa.

This, of course, gives rise to the French-American mystique that likely started upon the fact that the Marquis de Lafayette undeniably "fell in love with" America and her wartime cause for liberty even though his beloved wife was French like him, not American.

Of course, this was and still is VERY appealing to many American women who consider themselves patriots at heart. Given the great Victory at Yorktown as the most glorious manifestation, Gallic charm to Americans is its own symbol of why we have Americans dating and especially marrying French as considered the extreme of Francophilism in American culture.

The instance of French men willingly reciprocating this is nothing short of startling to people who think the French of today are "supposed to" look down on Americans. There is an award-winning American-made independent film called "Broken English" that demonstrates this in the form of a love story that takes place first in New York and later in Paris.

This movie might as well be a DAR promotional tale except for the fact that the American woman in the story does not fawn over and pursue the stunningly handsome Frenchman at first until after he has wooed her to initiate the relationship himself. Surprisingly, the story lacks the realistic factor of other eligible American women competing with her or trying to compete with her for his attention and affection. In real life, the French spouse is, by anyones standards, the prize, the trophy.

Well, those are my insights on the subject of dating Frenchmen, and all from a patriotic American standpoint untainted by revisionism.

Maybe my mother counts, her half of the family traces back to pre-Revolution and she has a strange attraction towards French men. His general impression of American women is somewhat less than flattering.

My French guy likes me because of who I am, not because of some historical-fiction mystique. Tanja, where are you living? I have been over here for nearly 2 years and can only disagree with your point on the chemical nightmare cologne situation Not that that eliminates all offenders. Although my Frenchie husband is nearly always deliciously scented.

At first I thought they were all winners of the Miss Colonial Williamsburg Pageant or at least official members of the Daughters of the American Revolution DARhowever it has come to my attention that this is just a stereotype of the kind of American women who turn out to be "good and attractive enough" for Frenchmen specifically.

However, looks are not enough to go through the process of getting qualified to actually marry one. There are civil and legal barriers that must be overcome, which renders the soon-to-be-married Yankee Doodle love interests of the French guys even luckier, with all bragging rights that they successfully attained the eligibility.

Not every American person can handle the hassles of the French bureaucracy. I used to think just learning the language, appreciating the culture, and being an overall friendly, well-mannered, and ladylike as well as loving to dress nice American charmeuse would be sufficient. I discovered from research that this it is not. Above all, I concluded that when alot but not all single American women who move to France do so first having marriage to Frenchmen on the agenda from the start, and mix that aspiration in with other niceties of French culture, alongside having an occupation that facilitates contact with French people in general.

And for demographic reasons, American women who are romantically involved with Frenchmen for marriage while still in the States are the most fortunate of all.

I had to research the expat blogs to find out the rest.

"The French remain eternally classic and old-fashioned in their manners like their dating norms,' relationship expert Margaux Chetrit told INSIDER. To get a better grasp of the culture, we've compiled a list of the major differences between French and American dating.: Cheyenne Lentz. Yep, this is how French women are, and as a consequence, this is how French men (that have only dated French women) will behave too. Kissing a French Man. One thing that always disturbed me in the US is how its sometimes easy to kiss or to get kissed (Im talking mouth kissing, or even French . Of course, this was and still is VERY appealing to many American women who consider themselves patriots at heart. To the disgust and disdain of the British, the French accent became particuliarly alluring to the ears of American patriots, no less for American men hearing a French woman's accent than for American women hearing a French man's accent.

It sounds very, VERY complicated. They just seem so romantic and sophisticated Hi Ellen, Thanks for the compliments I am a french man and I am proud to be regarded as romantic and sophisticated Let me tell you something, french men think the same about american women This website is full of interest.

I was a virgin when I met AB. It was the most "beautiful" experience I ever had. In my opinion, the latter is more effective and Southerners tend to get away with a lot more due to their passive aggressiveness but again that is only my opinion. Then there are people from Texas, the southwest, etc. I agree with you that there are regional differences. However, even North-Eastern Americans are not as direct that you think they are.

Found this blog, wonderful read.

After interviewing eleven European men who are married or dating an American woman, turns out, there isn't just one particular thing, but several. From Ireland and France to those hailing from Austria and Germany-each shared with me what they love about American women.: Jenna Jonaitis. According to these five women, English-speaking men could learn a thing or two from these hommes. Oh, French women. You have croissants, creme brulee, self-possession, paid maternity leave and simplified dating rules. By way of a different culture, language, and romantic norms, dating: Jenna Jonaitis.

I am a Canadian woman married to a young Frenchman who was born and raised in Paris. We are currently residing in Canada and married last July in Paris. I will also note ours is age gap relationship, I am current 47 and he is I met my husband when he was here in Canada 5 years ago.

He was in Canada through the Canada-France young professional government program. I can say the article is pretty much bang on. I have been courted a few times in my life, but no guy has ever courted me the way my husband did. Calls, texts, messages in a bottle, S.

I never got confused if my then future husband liked me or not. Definitely wine and dine was on the agenda.

I did however treat him to a live hockey game, which he loved! And for the record his French accent is still music to my ears. Hopefully the ones in Paris are as charming as your husband! I wanted to say that this post was very interesting to me and I enjoyed reading it. I love french culture and the way they do things and how they live. Its awesome!!! Thank you for your words.

May God bless you! Thanks for sharing this post. Everything you said about French men are all true in regards with dating. But there is one that I admire highly with French people They are very family loving people. For them family is very important. This post will speak a lot about my relationship with French people.

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I have just moved to France and almost everytime I walk down the street a man will attempt to get my attention by yelling out to me or stopping me as I pass; I even had a man whistle at me tonight. I am not dressed suggestively nor would I consider myself beautiful I am a bit overwieght. I am just wondering if this is normal, as other girls I have talked to have not had it happen to them, and what I am expected to do about it. Yes I am also overweight and living in Paris for the semester and it is extremely common here.

Great post. You mean someone calling a friend from the opposite sex? I have never ever heard of that in France. The only time I saw that in the early days of Facebook, in the US FB was only in the US at the timewhere some college girls would joke that they were married to their best female friend I never really got what was funny about that or was it a not so subtle way to tell the world that they had explored homosexuality with each other?

Does it suggest romantic intent? That is the equivalent of sweetheart, honey, in the USA. I find we also speak our minds, not as much as France though, but still very direct.

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But I find Canadian men do it to act tough, because acting like they care is somehow unmanly? If I want something, I will get it. I also find that Canadian and, especially American men, they get their panties in a bunch over sex.

Very prude and immature. I do wish that French men would take no for an answer though. No need for judgment calls. How would you like it if I said Canadian women are all sluts and whores!

OK, my bad, not a personal question then, just a general private question. Interesting article. I do love the gallic bluntness and passion for lively discussions, i. I fit right in! My French friend just let me know that he finds me very intelligent in some areas, but not in others.

David, your post is fabulous. Some of your responses to posters, brilliant! Thank you for the very informative information and the unintentional laughs. I look forward to reading your other posts. Thank you for the information! I want to know more detail on how exactly to get a french man. Do you have to wait for them to approach you? Is there any other way you can get their attention?

Is there a better way to approach them?

When such a man falls in love with a woman, hell always do the best he can. When setting up his dating profile, hell be honest and open. Remember to take a bottle of wine with you when meeting a group of French people, and dont worry about anything, French men . Dating French men and woman is for charmers who want intelligent conversations and cultural exchange; but avoid stereotypes. Heres some dating advice to help you find love in France. Dating someone from a foreign country can be an exciting experience, but its . When dating the French, however, it is completely normal for the woman to tell the man when she wants to see him again. By all means, get in there and book him in for another date. It is natural (in France), for a woman to be completely honest and tell the man she wants to see him again. #3. How not to declare your feelings to a French man.

However, maybe a French woman may be able to answer you better than I can. I was at an open market in the Latin Quarter many years ago when a tall, dark handsome man approached me and asked me out. As I recall, there was not a lot of small talk leading up to the invitation.

Since he was a perfect stranger, I declined. He asked maybe times more and seemed surprised that I still said no. I was not offended by his persistence but I was aware that I was alone in a foreign country and going out with a total stranger did not seem like a smart idea. Should I have gone?!?

David, Thanks for your well thought-out article. I am enjoying reading the comments section Too. I am just acclimating to process of dating a Frenchman. I met a married French speaking man he lives near France online a few months ago. I am American. He was learning English and I am learning French. After about a month we had grown close and we began to have romantic feelings for one another.

We are both married so after about a month of online romance, we decided it was best to split up before either one of us ended up in a divorce court. It took six tries, lots of tears and sweet, sad words, but we finally managed to break free from one another.

It has been nearly a month now and I still think about him all the time. I cry regularly wishing I could talk with him again. I love my husband, daughter and my life here in America, but there was something so different about him. He was so sweet, caring and protective. At the same time he was boyish and fallible.

His wife seemed to know of the affair but turned a blind eye. I had to tell my husband because I was crying so much after the break-up that he wanted to know what the heck was wrong. Things are okay between us for now.

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I did some major apologizing and am trying to be a better wife and mother. I think he will forever be in my heart until the day I die. Talk about heartache! I am in misery and I suppose he is too. I may be looking at a lifetime of suffering. Thanks for reading me. I also unfortunately have some experience with broken hearts in my life but not with him.

Honey, if a man will cheat with you, he will cheat on you, and this is true worldwide.

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There was no way this could have ended better, and you are really lucky your husband took you back! This was not a beautiful man if he would hurt you like this. His wife was probably used to it or they have an open relationship! The Frenchman I talk to is a great person and great to work with.

We actually do work hard with our conversation and grammar exercises. I am learning a lot! I assure you there are actually good guys and gals in France who are great colleagues! Take care! Hi Diane, Thanks for your comment. We were are very much in love and now in a great deal of pain over the break-up.

Love can happen to mature people too. The heart does not ask for permission and it does not ask or care how old you are or even if you are married. The brain and the conscience must step in to bring order to the situation. We were both guilty of cheating, not just him.

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But, to our credit, we also both decided to end the relationship before more people were hurt. Merci for printing my article. Diane, do not get me wrong. When I talk about fantasies and nonsense, I by no means alludes to your story. Imagine a second if many men fantasized along the same line about dating a certain type of foreign woman I know it happenshow racist and sexist would it sound?

David, thanks for your explanation. I agree with you; however, the stereotype of the romantic Frenchman is very strong in the world and is, in large part, responsible for the popularity of France as a tourist attraction and for sales of French products abroad. French consumer products carry a romantic allure and a price tag to go with them. Beautiful women are objectified to sell products all the time and so it is with men who speak romance languages, I guess. The other side of this coin is that American men see being romantic as a weakness and do very little of it.

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American women are left hungry for romance and learn to do without. With the internet, however, it is now possible to contact men around the world who are comfortable being romantic and American women are not hesitating to do so.

But love happens!

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David sweetheart, you are such a brilliant person indeed. Explained the things so clearly. Thank YOU so much. Thanks for all the useful advice. I know it means darling but does it have romantic connotations or is it just a friendly thing to say?

Thought I would share my experience here.

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I dated a French guy briefly and had no idea of these rules or lack thereof until now. We met in NYC while in grad school. Several months later, he left NYC and moved to Paris. I too have been moving to different places since then.

But recently I visited Paris and decided to write him after almost 4 years of no contact.

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He responded right away and was so eager to see me. We met up, had a good, and instantly connected like we used to. At the end of the night he hugged me for a long while then kissed me yes on the lips.

A few days later we met up again.

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