When in Rome – dating in a foreign land

If you’re a member of ‘Generation Expat’ and you’ve relocated to a foreign land, then you’ve shown that you’ve already moved out of your comfort zone and are up for a challenge – and dating in a foreign land certainly has its cultural challenges! If you’ve relocated from Australia to London here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Even if you and a potential date speak English as your first language, remember the old saying: England and America are two countries separated by a common language. The same goes for England and Australia. A word you use quite casually at home might have negative connotations in England – so be on the lookout misinterpretations.
  • The English can appear very reserved and even stand-offish to Australians and conversely, Australians can seem much too casual, open and even intrusive to the English.
  • Australians are not particularly class conscious and have a tendency to address everyone in the same manner – whether they’re speaking to a tradesperson or the Prime Minister. Titles seem irrelevant to Aussies. On the other hand, the English have a great respect for titles. Failing to address people appropriately can cause insult and give people the impression you are disrespectful.

The best way to familiarise yourself with English customs is to observe the behaviour you see around you. If you’re single, dating someone from England can give you the perfect learning opportunity so don’t hide away in your new country - vive la difference!

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