If your love life has taken a lucky turn and you've scored a date, then you may be a bit nervous. It can be daunting to know what to say, how to relax and be yourself around your new date. According to Top Dating Tips, confidence is key in winning a girl's affections. If you're dating a Korean girl, keep this in mind. You can also put yourself at an advantage by learning about her culture and society so when you discuss her background, you can sound interested and knowledgeable (which hopefully you are).
Be yourself. If you can't be yourself around a girl and you don't feel comfortable, then it might be time to move on. The Life in Korea forum says that one of the most important things to remember is to be yourself around a Korean girl.
Read about Korea. Know where it is in Asia, what religions are practiced and a little about its history and culture. You don't need to be an expert, but by having a bit of knowledge you'll sound interested and be interesting.
Learn some Korean phrases and use them to flirt. Flirting is a playful way of interacting with a date to show them that you are attracted to them. Learn some phrases such as "dangsin-eun aleumdawoyo" which means "you're beautiful." This will give you a charming and cheeky edge to win her over.
Use body language to give her signs that you fancy her. Top Dating Tips suggests stroking her hair, leaning toward her or prolonging eye contact as ways to demonstrate your interest.
Go to a Korean restaurant or ask your date to cook Korean food for you. Sharing your Korean date's favorite dishes is a good talking point. It will also flatter her that you want to understand this aspect of her heritage. Planet ESL explains that eating together is good for strengthening personal relationships in Korea.
Remember that Korean culture is different from American culture, and attitudes toward dating are slightly variable. For example, women in Korea are not as affectionate in public compared to western women. Be respectful of this. Avoid trying to make out with your date at the bus stop, for example, as this will embarrass her.
Dress smartly and present yourself like a true gent. Whomever you date, whether Korean or not, will appreciate it if you have made the effort to be clean and fresh for them.
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- Whistling is considered bad luck for women in Korea, so avoid whistling when out on a date.
- The number 4 is unlucky in Korean culture, because it is similar to the Chinese word for death. Bare this in mind if a restaurant or bar is on level 4 of a building, for example. It's like the number 13 in western culture.
- Ignore stereotypes associated with dating particular types of people. Be yourself and treat your date with respect to encourage a positive relationship to blossom.
Based in Bristol, Philippa Jones has been a music journalist and script writer since 2007, working across a range of radio programs in the U.K. and Australia. Her articles have appeared in "Impact Magazine," "The Mic" and in local newspapers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in politics from the University of Nottingham.
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