We only spoke in Japanese with each other for a short time before he started to learn English, so he could communicate with me better.

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It was an interesting journey and I want to thank all of the participants for taking the time to tell us about their own unique story.

“I moved to Japan when I was 18 and have been dating Asian guys ever since. I often hear girls who long for Asian boyfriends say that Western guys are dogs, and I can confidently say that Asian men are no different.

Those that stand true to who they are seem to be the ones who find solid relationships. What we consider common sense is very different.” “When I first started dating my husband he was embarrassed to hold hands with me in public.

In my case, for instance, men are quick to bring up the topic of bikinis and love hotels the minute I mention I’m Latina. For a long while, after the loss of someone I planned on spending my entire life with, I gave in to that stereotype and was unable to get involved in a serious relationship.” “Now, I’m in a happy relationship with an older man who doesn’t speak a lick of English or Spanish, which is my main language. For one, I’m very passionate in my way of moving and speaking, and I sometimes forget to respect personal space. This applied more in Japan than when we were in England, although now he seems completely okay with it.

But there’s nothing we can really do other than keep studying and keep trying.

So for that part, a significant amount of patience might be necessary.” “Another difference I noticed has to do with taking care of the household.

Even after we’d been broken up for a few months he’d still write to me and ask what I was doing and how I was …” When I started dating my husband, I didn’t really feel that we had any cultural barriers.

I guess because by then I’d been in Japan long enough that I knew my way around and I had lived with two Japanese host families, so I have a good sense of Japanese manners and customs.

In general, Japanese men are likely to be embarrassed about showing affection in public – even things like putting an arm around someone’s shoulders, or hugging, never mind kissing.

Very touchy feely Japanese couples are definitely NOT the norm.” “Long working hours and overtime are common here in Japan.

As long as you’re both honest and open about things, and actually communicate properly with each other, it should be okay!