Cultural differences dating france
While we grow up thinking about love in black and white, they grow up inscrutably grey.As post 50s swell the ranks of the online dating market looking for love, this French flower metaphor takes on new luster that merits reflection.
It wasn’t Bridget Jones syndrome, where my social ineptitude or hand-eye coordination mishaps could be blamed. The main factor that increased my feminine mystique while in France was a certain : I was American.“We don’t really have the notion of dating in France,” she explained.“Either you are ‘en couple’ [an official couple] or ‘celibataire’ [deliberately single or celibate], or you are seeing someone special but [not a couple yet].Many years ago I was in a park in Paris with a girl named Sandrine who was pining away for a boy named Pierre.She picked a flower and started pulling off its petals, but rather than the familiar refrain "He loves me, he loves me not," she carefully intoned: "He loves me a little, a lot, passionately, madly, not at all." I instantly thought that Sandrine was one clever French girl until I learned that, no, this is the standard French refrain.
On the other hand, there are some undeniable differences between our two cultures, and the cliché of the French as a uniquely romantic nation isn’t completely unwarranted.