German will probably never be known as “Die Sprache der Liebe,” “The language of love.” German men will likely never flirt with you as an Italian would, or shower you with romance as the French would. It’s like an onion, exposing itself one layer at a time instead of all at once, but no less flavorful.
In my 20s I would have considered it boring, in my 30s it became sexy. : When a guy says he’ll call, he’ll call – If he likes you, he may even call the next day.
And the calculus is simple: If she doesn't know you're interested, your chances are nada -- if she can't ignore your come-ons, at least she's got to make a decision.
German women, though, have become conditioned to a much more subtle style of coquetry.
Some Germans For Germans, beer is water, barley, hops, and yeast. It doesn’t matter what else is going on — everything is put on pause for the traditional coffee-and-cake break in the late afternoon. Even though Jurgen Klinsman is now the coach of the US national soccer team, the Germans can’t stop obsessing about him.
Which means that when we swashbuckling foreigners show up and actually flash our pearly whites and -- gasp -- say "hi" to a German woman, it comes across as overly forward.
Photo: Chris Zielecki Even the hairiest German men with the worst sunburns and the biggest beer bellies love their teeny-tiny Speedos.
They wear them at the beach, with shoes and socks at the resorts, and, if they’re feeling fancy, with t-shirts while lounging at the pool. What Americans call bread is an abomination to them. And for those days when your digestive system is a little…let’s say, plugged up, you know from your mother-in-law that sauerkraut is the cure for all stomach ailments.
The word "flirt" has two meanings: one for Germans and one for the rest of the world.
Most of the 3 billion men on the globe today figure their best shot is to make their make obvious.