England or France) and resulting in a patchwork of regional dialects, cultures, and values.
The contemporary cultural implications are vast and profound; following defeats in both World Wars and the political ramifications of communist and fascist governments, the historic cultural “German coldness” became even more deeply entrenched during the 1950’s and 1960’s, particularly in former East Germany.
He may simply be calling you to inform you that he doesn’t like you, and doesn’t want to see you again, but is calling because he promised he would.
It doesn’t take long to get — after all, it’s her number, not a wedding ring. Right away, she wants to have an idea of how hard you are going to work to get her attention. On the one hand, fashion, elegance, and taste are embedded in the Italian culture, so Italian guys don’t even notice they have this going for them.
In Italian we say (roughly translated): “He who begins well is halfway done”. An American girl will show you if she has interest in you, and she won’t be afraid to ask you out. But in Italy, especially for the first date, looks definitely count a lot.
(This has happened to dozens of friends of mine.) He Will Be On Time – Germans are sticklers for being on time, so if you agree to meet at a restaurant at , he will be there waiting at and not keep you waiting.
On the flip side, he expects the same of you, so don’t keep him waiting either.