Unfortunately for American men, this stereotype turns out to be true often enough. Mainstream magazines and websites are full of articles, geared toward American women, that detail the finer points of dating foreign men.
She recommends reaching out to locals to learn about how romance works in other countries, online or in person.
Of course, you don’t have to go anywhere to date a man from another country. In 2015, the last year for which the Migration Policy Institute provides statistics, 1.38 million people born in other countries moved to the U. So even if you’re not out looking for a fascinating guy with an adorable accent, you might find one by accident—or through destiny, if you believe in that sort of thing.
That makes sense, in a way; would Hugh Grant have become Hugh Grant if he spoke like Anderson Cooper?
In reality, though, the attractiveness of an accent probably has little to nothing to do with the way that it sounds, and everything to do with unexamined assumptions Americans often make.
“As an anthropologist I know very well that culture makes a huge difference,” she tells .
“Some of these differences are more obvious than others.
“Again, do your research to understand different gestures in different cultures,” Kalinski says.
“Nothing is worse than thinking the hot guy you met at lunch was into you when he was just saying hello.” Despite these potential pitfalls in the early stages of a cross-cultural relationship, though, Kalinski is a great supporter of international dating.
Put another way: Beauty is in the eye—or the ear, as the case may be—of the beholder.