So if you ask if that dress looks good on you, they will answer.
In America there are general rules for dating – you meet someone, you ask for their number or Facebook, or ask them out.
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That's not to say that there aren't a few intercultural differences.
“There isn't a huge difference among European countries, although the cliché is that northern countries are more pragmatic and the southern countries more romantic,” Hegmann said.
However, it’s not so much about being shy as it’s about it simply not being a custom.
They don’t usually know how to walk up to strangers and start conversations as they haven’t witnessed it happening around them.
Most cultural differences between Americans and Germans are minor and not big deal breakers (though the exclusivity thing might be), but it’s important to keep an open dialogue and build a relationship founded on trust where you feel free to share your thoughts with one another.
By Maria Montgomery – Maria is a freelance writer, director and social entrepreneur.