Whereas in France, if you kiss someone on the lips (or have sex) it means you're ‘in a relationship'. In the UK or US, there's much debate about how long to wait before calling after a first date. Too long and it can seem like they're not really interested.
In Europe, once a man gets your number he will most likely call straight away, rather than wait a few days.
If you're interested in someone, maintain eye contact – if you aren't, don't.
If you say ‘no' to an invitation, he may well think you're playing hard to get and will probably persist.
In places like the Netherlands and Germany, people can be very direct in the way they speak (rather than being over polite and saying things ‘to be nice' that they don't mean to avoid hurting someone's feelings – as is often the way in the UK).
So what you say may be taken at face value – and you shouldn't always take to heart what's said to you. In the UK, drinking a vast amount of alcohol can be central in beginning a sexual relationship with someone.
In Europe, getting to know someone romantically is fairly laid back.
Women can say it back to a man with the same meaning – it doesn't mean you should be moving in together or planning a wedding any time soon.In France, Germany and Belgium, it's common for the man to ask a woman out, but in Switzerland, the men can be a little reserved so women might want to give them a nudge.For French men, it's all about the chase, and playing ‘hard to get' is part of the game.In Germany, couples don't start with formal dating either and it's only after a series of informal meetings – walks, dinner, cinema, theatre – that they might start being seen as a ‘couple'.It's also common for couples to keep the fact that they're an item to themselves.
If you like each other, you'll probably find a way to make it work, regardless of any cultural variations.