Laughter is known to be one of the best ways of making friends. No good
dating is possible without it either. Joking, horsing around, laughing
make people more open, break any cultural barriers, and - yes! - help
them fall in love.
There are some peculiarities of exercising your sense of humor with a
German. Help yourself to some more advice from Lynne:
it comes to humor, use some common sense. When you first meet most Germans,
they might seem rather humorless, but after you get to know them, most
of them can relax and enjoy a good belly-laugh as well as any American.
And they tend to laugh at pretty much the same things -- except, of course,
for anything specifically culturally or linguistically based. Your German
date might not understand an English pun any better than you would understand
a German pun, and he certainly WON'T know anything about "Leave It
to Beaver" or anything about American culture in the '50s and '60s,
though he MIGHT know more about American politics in the '50s than YOU
know! He might also know Star Trek, the Simpsons, Home Improvement (called
"Hoer mal wer da haemmert!" here), and quite a bit about modern
make any stupid, tasteless jokes about Nazis or saluting him and saying,
"Heil Hitler!", etc. He's no more likely to be Nazi or neo-Nazi
than your next-door neighbor is, and he's more likely to be a little on
the sensitive side on the issue than your neighbor might be. You can ASK
him anything you want to know about Germany during WWII (though perhaps
preferably after you get to know him a little better), but don't make
any jokes at his or any other German's expense. Most Germans have a bit
of a guilt complex on the issue, even the very young ones, partly because
so many nations throughout the world continue to seek to punish Germany
for what happened 55+ years ago. ©
another thing: while dating a foreigner, remember that love is all that
matters, and everything else - inevitable reaction of the relatives, foreign
language, new food, different climate - are mere trifles and you can overcome
them TOGETHER. ©
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