German dating customs like
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.
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.
Interest is indicated by way of a studied, concentrated look on the part of the man -- a gaze which may, but often doesn't, include a smile.
Rather than a stare, though, the look should be brief and fleeting -- and the man's job is done.
And it's true, German women will swoon over their vacation dalliances: "Those southern men," they'll giggle and gush. Well intentioned smiles are often rebuffed by a stare implicitly accusing you of mortally wounding her beloved pet terrier.
But then again -- as with most flirts -- it's hit and miss.
The very worst, though, is trying to tell when a German man is flirting with you.