And, more importantly, what is it really like to have a relationship with someone from another country?
As referenced in the piece above, one of the most common reasons you’ll hear for why foreign men are so attractive is that they’ve got those “hot” accents.
“Each culture has its own interpretation of the range of emotions that are appropriate in given situations or in general,” she says. “Here in the United States, American women stereotypically tend to be allowed to express certain emotions that are less acceptable for American men,” Morris says.
“It is okay for an American woman to cry, vent, even playfully hit her partner, but none of these are acceptable for American men.” Social conditioning helps to determine how we express ourselves emotionally and otherwise, Morris suggests.
However, she recommends reading up on your destination’s culture plenty before you approach a handsome stranger. “Check out different travel sites and blogs to get an idea of the culture prior to your trip.” Understanding the culture before pursuing a romantic partner does more than just protect you from an embarrassing faux pas.
It can also protect you from misinterpreting a common greeting as an opening salvo in your next great love affair.
“Again, do your research to understand different gestures in different cultures,” Kalinski says.
Maybe that helps to explain why the British accent was recently named the “sexiest” in the world, at least when men use it.Put another way: Beauty is in the eye—or the ear, as the case may be—of the beholder.Accents aside, dating experts say that American women traveling overseas should do a little research before chatting up a local.“As an anthropologist I know very well that culture makes a huge difference,” she tells .“Some of these differences are more obvious than others.
As Emily Ngyuen, a Ph D candidate in linguistics at New York University told , “There’s a perception that British English is smarter and maybe that has to do with our idea of British people being smarter regardless of language.” In the same way, Nguyen says, Americans’ ideas of France and Italy as being places of culture, passion, and romance can cause American women to perceive men with those accents as being more cultured, passionate, and romantic.