English dating customs


1. If invited into a family home, it is traditional to bring a gift. A bottle of wine, a cake, chocolates or a bouquet of flowers is customary. If there is a child in the house, it is appropriate to provide him/her with a small gift as well.
2. Do not shake hands across the threshold of a door. It is considered bad luck.
3. When shaking hands, take off your gloves.
4. In Ukraine it is not a custom to shake hands with a woman. Kissing her hand will make you very gallant.
5. Be prepared to remove your shoes upon entering a home. To keep apartments clean, most hosts will provide you with a pair of slippers.
6. On public transportation, give your seat to mothers with children, the elderly, or the infirm.
7. At the entrance of upscale restaurants, expect that your coat, briefcase or baggage will be checked.
8. Have business cards printed in Ukrainian on one side and English on the other.
9. When eating dinner at someone's home, casual dress is accepted.
10. If you bring flowers, make sure it is an uneven number (even are for funerals) of flowers.
11. Be ready to give toasts at dinner, for guests are often asked to do so.
12. Offer to share your snacks and cigarettes with those around you.
13. Be prepared to accept all food and drink offered you when visiting friends.
14. Ukrainians are known for their generosity when it comes to feeding others. Turning down food may be considered rude.
15. For business, dress should be conservative. Men should not take off their jackets unless asked to do so.
16. In Orthodox churches women wear scarves or hats, and men take off their hats.
17. Don't put your thumb between your first two fingers - this is a very rude gesture.

  • Amish schooling ends with the completion of the 8th grade so this source of daily socializing between the young boys and girls ends after the age 14 or 15.

  • Most Amish schools have on thirty to thirty-five students. This means that they are probably in school with a bunch of siblings and cousins. So the pickings are rather slim.

  • Amish kids can’t just jump in the car and head to the mall, sporting events or high school dances to find potential dating material.


English dating customs

English dating customs



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